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The Retinas: Exploring Different Sounds and Different Ways of Arranging Songs.

December 3, 2015

Text by Diana Shalenkova. Images by Darragh Dandurand.

A year has passed since The Retinas released their garage punk full-length Hello… My Name Is The Retinas. After putting out a string of confusingly varied sounding singles, the Philadelphia 3-piece seems to have found its sound and is releasing the Got Smokes EP this Friday.

“This is the first extended amount of songs we’ve put out since our guitarist left last March,” singer and guitarist Tom McHugh said. “It’s given us the opportunity to explore different sounds and different ways of arranging songs.”

Complete with rolling drums and relaxed guitar jams, Got Smokes takes a completely different direction from their previous full-length and carries an unplaceable sense of nostalgia.

According to McHugh, the EP discusses issues of dealing with criticism and a social commentary on entitled culture.

“All the songs we put out before were either love songs or whatever came out,” he said. “Everything on the EP points in the same direction and ‘Problem With the World’ kind of sums it up, like ‘fuck you’ to the haters.”

There’s a release show at 1635 French St. in North Philly on Friday with The Chelsea Kills, HOSER and Frontyards.

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