Artists this reviewer has interviewed often joke that they thought of calling their second album Sophomore Slump (or Jinx). Well, Blimp Rock followed through and did just that for the follow-up to their 2013 eponymous debut album. No slump here, just an entertaining collection of melodic and oft witty indie rock tunes. Singer/guitarist Peter Demakos does the bulk of the writing, and his vocal style suggests Lou Reed meets Hugh Dillon (but without the dark intensity), while the violin work and vocals of Claire Whitehead helps add variety. The group's jocular aim of funding "the world's first blimp-based music festival over Lake Ontario" has not really got off the ground, but the actual album is a winner. The record was produced and mixed by James Bunton (Ohbijou), and he also plays drums. Indie rock studio wizards John Dinsmore and Andy Magoffin respectively engineered and produced.
Blimp Rock play Ottawa's Raw Sugar Cafe May 1, Montreal's Le Cagibi May 2 and Saint Catharines Mahtay Cafe on May 8. We imagine they put on a real entertaining show.