The members of Detroit’s Tyvek, underground favorites and probably one of the first bands mentioned when “that whole lo-fi pop, garage, punk thing” is brought up, like to keep folks guessing. Last year’s Siltbreeze-released debut full-length was a bit of a divisive head-scratcher. The self-titled release was dominated more by decaying, almost bleak instrumental meanderings than the half-cocked pop-fuzz that made the group’s many singles such hot items. 2010’s Nothing Fits, released on In the Red, is a near total about-face, consisting of 11 swift, fierce blasts. Louder and considerably more aggressive, Tyvek sound as much like their old-school Detroit forefathers in the Necros and Negative Approach here, as they do like any of their more hook-driven contemporaries.
But it’s lead singer Kevin Boyer’s vocal delivery that really carries the way. It’s an exhilarating combination of total exasperation — bordering, but never quite reaching, out-right rage — and a knowing disaffection, with maybe a hint of a smirk. “Underwater To,” the driving pop number that closes the set, switches things up a bit. A reminder of Tyvek efforts past, the song also implores listeners to “Just do what you want/ Yeah, do what you feel.” Clearly, this band follows its own advice.