Way back in the years of punk rock and new wave, and long before there was anything defining lo-fi, there was D.I.Y. Such is the aesthetic, which surrounds the Sneakers
on In the Red
. Catching Chris Stamey
, Will Rigby
, Mitch Easter
, and assorted friends, neighbors, and total strangers having their say in various home studios epitomizes what the do-it-yourself ethic was all about. Blueprints for later groups were drawn in such places as "Decline and Fall" (Let's Active
), "What I Dig" (the dBs), and the very D.I.Y. jam on that old staple "Roadrunner," all showing the embryo as it was beginning to develop. Garage power-pop at its finest, In the Red
is a delightful look at pre-fame musicians doing what they did just for the love of it, warts and all.