The Safes swung through New Haven to play Cafe Nine last month, only the show happened to be opposite the final weekend of shows at Popeye's Garage, so I was at Popeye's instead. I was able to get my mitts on the two new 7"-ers that The Safes have out now, though, thanks to the band sending them my way. One of them is a split with Blackbelts on Wee Rock Records, and the other is a split with Thee Lexington Arrows on Merrifield-- four new Safes songs in all, and all of them rock-solid and well worth tracking down, especially if you dig charged-up power-pop stuff like Cheap Trick, Kinks, Replacements, etc. I've actually had all of these songs --except for "Leavin'", which is a Thee Lexington Arrows cover-- on a CD-R of about thirty Safes demo tracks for a couple of years now, although I was told to keep quiet about it until the songs started coming out, which is why I'm only yakking about it now. (The rumor about a Safes country album is actually true; some of the songs are on the CD-R that I have, and "Wishin' and Dreamin'" and "All She Wants Is To Be Mine" are really good.) The song I've posted below isn't from the CD-R, but is my own vinyl rip from the split with Blackbelts, and for now you can also swipe a free download of "She's So Sad" from the Merrifield Records web site. Both records are available for sale through The Safes' web site as well.
The Safes -
"Safe N Sound"