Bindley Hardware Co.
On Ever Satisfactory, Bindley Hardware Co. thoughtfully plays with genre boundaries to create a crossover-appealing record that uses rock, folk, Americana and country in a compelling mixture. Songs like “The Good Ones” lean more into the traditional twang, while tracks like “Down the Run” take a more stripped-down, busk-friendly Americana feel. “Alright All Ready!” is a much more rocking number, as is “Jaywalking,” an alt-country song with an earworm of a hook that may be the best on the record. The spectrum of sounds represented on Ever Satisfactory are a reminder of Bindley’s flexibility and range in songwriting.
Ever Satisfactory is also full of lessons. For example, “Queen of the Upper Middle Class” is a fun ditty about a well-to-do, pampered woman with a wild streak and a penchant for partying. This hot mess of a woman is trying to buy people’s hearts with her charge card, but the sweet harmonies of Bindley Hardware Co. warn not to fall for the tricks — city “trash” and suburban queens don’t make a good pair, after all. And on “Down the Run,” BHC reminds you to stay out of trouble and avoid the bad boys if you want to stay well and alive.