Middlekid

The album cover for Middle Kid’s “Queen of Rockledge.”

Gone is the darkness of 2016’s excellent “Yeah, Sure,” and in is a new blend of so-cal indie pop-rock that not only showcases this Frederick quartet’s ability to evolve, but also get tighter in time. That’s essentially the cliff notes of what “Queen Of Rockledge” embodies.

As for the longer version … well, what you have here is a tasty, upbeat rock tune that isn’t afraid to bow to many of the pop principles that make pop so great. There’s singer Zack Willis’ knack for melody that lends itself to a verse vocal pattern impossible to get out of your head. There’s the rock-solid foundation that the rhythm section of Andrew Bromhal and Austin Braswell provide. And, perhaps above all else, there are potent, crystal-clear rock guitars that Austin’s brother Evan (along with Willis) offer unapologetically, earning their spot among the area’s most powerful.

It’s a fun departure from where Middle Kid once was. And if this is any indication of where they are headed — the LP that shares the song’s name is slated for release on Nov. 8 — it’s best to buckle in for a fun-filled sunny afternoon somewhere near the most welcoming of beaches.

Follow Colin McGuire on Twitter: @colinpadraic.

Follow Colin McGuire on Twitter: @colinpadraic

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