Porcupine What You’ve Heard Isn’t Real 12″

PORCUPINE have been kicking around the upper Midwest since 2006, and now feature one Greg Norton. Yes, he of the handlebar mustache. This six-song EP is straightforward, mid-tempo alternative rock, with a bit of that ’90s Brit-pop feel. The opening track has a nice, catchy chorus, and overall it’s pleasant enough, while not being particularly memorable. They do throw in one HÜSKER DÜ cover (“Standing by the Sea”), perhaps as a tribute to the late, great Grant Hart.