The disc was mailed from Pink Hedgehog Records, so I thought it might be a new Anton album, but he wouldn't risk losing a sale by sending me a free disc. I don't usually get a whole lot of gift CDs in the mail, so I thought I should write about this one.
I don't think Garfields Birthday (no apostrophe) has anything to do with that cat from the comics (I prefer garfield minus garfield), but their myspace motto is "indie pop for lost romantic souls" with a list of influences straight from my last.fm library: The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Teenage Fanclub, Neil Young, Big Star, and XTC. Right down my cup of tea, as they say.
The band members up of brothers Simon and Shane Felton (who play guitar and bass and sing), James Laming (who also sings and guitars), and drummer Adrian Payne (who drums). Their songs are two to three minute pop nuggets (written and sung mostly by Simon) that go down as easily as birthday cake with extra frosting.