1. That first band brilliance, where the members learn to play their instruments at the same time as they learn to play together, building a telepathy that lets them lean into drastic switches and explosions
2. When the songs address the mundane, specific horrors of life (“strawberry shampoo”) with such direness & conviction that the inexpressible becomes immediate, universal
3. Songs that elbow and shoulder, songs that get inside and see me jumping on the bed and pushing over all the furniture in the house, songs that are infectious in every sense of that word
If a band does even one of these things I am bound to fall in love. Pitchman, a quartet of teenagers in the early 90s, managed to do all three in one brisk year.