The Retinas Chase Cathartic Release on New Single “Baggage Kid”
Inspired by iconic artists such as The Pixies, The Strokes, and The Replacements, the Philly power duo of Thomas McHugh (vocals/guitar), Anthony Fulginitti (drums) who are best known as The Retinas, effortlessly couple nostalgia with the thrills and pains of being alive. Each of their songs is a relatable anthem in its own rite, composed of incendiary riffs, blown-out, carefree reverb, and melodic hooks that beg for entire group sing-alongs. Similar to garage revival icons like King Tuff, and Oh Sees, The Retinas give listeners solace with each earworm they serve up, leaving audiences with a sense of audible freedom and cathartic release. Their recordings offer an alternative to the humdrum fiction and contradictions of the American dream. After years of rocking out and cutting their teeth in windowless rooms of DIY spaces, The Retinas have become more than just local darlings; they’re an antidote to the status quo. Like their namesake, the band’s music unabashedly reveals something so often overlooked. In your face and heartfelt (in the best of ways), The Retinas are pure rock ‘n’ roll. They’re the real deal. Without an ounce of pretentious bullshit, the best buds always know how to have a good time.
The sweeping synth leads and McHugh’s restless vocals add an emotional intensity to the steadiness of Fulginitti’s groove. Every note here sounds intentional, as if the duo spent long hours agonizing at the mixing desk. McHugh and Fulginitti are masters of their riffy songwriting craft, and it shows on “Baggage Kid.”Big Takeover