The Very Most: 'Good Fight Fighting'

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MaryAne Porter

Boise, Idaho, doesn't immediately spring to mind as one of the happiest places on earth. But after listening to Congratulations Forever, the new CD by the Boise twee-pop quartet The Very Most, it's easy to think that the sun never stops shining there. The Very Most — even the band's name is exuberant — makes jangly, feel-good guitar-pop, with cheery melodies that skip along without a care in the world. The band's second release since forming in 2002, Congratulations Forever serves up more than a dozen breezy tracks, without a single downer in the bunch.

In a market saturated with mopey, introspective sadcore and shoegazer rock, it's hard to understand how a band can stay so happy for so long and still be taken seriously. But The Very Most pulls it off without apologies, mixing guitar and bass with squeeze box, toy piano, bells, shimmering harmonies and plenty of handclaps.

Frontman Jeremy Jensen formed The Very Most in 2002. The band has gone through several lineup changes since, but currently features Zach Von House on bass and vocals, Allen Ellis on drums and vocals, and Gia Trotter playing keyboards and vocals, along with Jensen.

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