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Pop Kid Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
In the press material for this album, the band is compared to Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, I'd add Weezer to that list, although front man Jim Bowers does sound a heck of a lot like Costello at times, and the band does veer from pop-punk style rock to a more straight ahead brand of new wave. Included are the sounds of a Fender Rhodes keyboard, compliments of Dan Ruby, tambourine hits, vocals on one track (Spook-Out) from Kathy Cadigas of Ex-Co-ed, and an overall straight ahead happy, heartfelt, earnest sort of songwriting with more in common with bands like the Faint and Lifetime (in a way), than with some of the more dissonant bands of what some call the emo genre, like Burning Airlines, Q and Not U, and Death Cab For Cutie. Which is to say that this bands roots lie way deeper in (folk) rock and roll than in say, hardcore or punk, although , I guess some of those lines are crossed along the way over the course of this albums 12 songs, which last for around 45 minutes.

Another thing, the songs get slower and slower as the album goes on, and a bit more indie-rock minded as well, with stand-out cuts including "Spook-Out", "Return of Tremelo", and "Escape From New Rock".

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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