Ian Adams—ex-Ponys guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist—dutifully matches his art punk past with sixties garage gleam for his new project, Submarine Races, and the self-titled debut record, out this month on In the Red, ferociously attacks with his ability to pull off free-for-all pop melodies, delirious in their nice rock ‘n’ roll ambition. The new band seems to take more from Happy Supply—Adams’ band before The Ponys—in its unbridled, lovelorn themes and structuring, and the release itself is assuring that there will be more to come, and it should be better and better. The long opening track—an instrumental, no less—takes some patience to brave, but the remaining twenty minutes or so are marvelous. Adams seems like the kind of guy who’s avoiding stardom—he did quit The Ponys just as the band had reached its height of exposure—and that’s a bit disappointing, only because it may limit the amount of work he does. Regardless, this is a superb debut. (Tom Lynch)
Submarine Races plays June 8 at Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western, (773)276-3600, at 9:30pm. $8.