So I started reviewing CDs for the local community radio station, WFHB, after realizing that, being on tour so much, I couldn’t easily have a show.Â It’s a small thing, but hopefully it’s helpful.Â I’m going to start posting some of the reviews of things that I find to be pretty enjoyable.
Label: Art of the Underground
artist:Â Â Â Lemuria/Kind of Like Spitting
title:Â Â Â Your Living Roomâ€™s All Over Me
file under:Â Â Â Power Pop, Pop-Punk, Indie Rock
grade:Â Â Â B
Lemuria is a newer band that plays power-pop or pop-punk in a way that sounds like a less aggressive version of Discount, with catchy hooks, male/female vocals, and personal lyrics that, at times, border on the melodramatic.Â Kind of Like Spitting features members of Death Cab for Cutie and The Thermals.Â The songs are less polished than the former but more musically ambling than the latter.Â Their sound reminds me a bit of The Dismemberment Plan if they had made more lo-fi recordings with less dynamic songs but with more present lead guitar parts.
comments / tracksÂ of interest:
Tracks 1-7 are by Lemuria, 8-12 by Kind of Like Spitting
3 â€“ â€œBugbearâ€ â€“ a driving, bitter track about severed relationships
7 â€“ â€œSophmoreâ€ â€“ a poppy reproach that will remind the listener of their college days
10 â€“ â€œYou I Seekâ€ â€“ Faster and more straightforward than the other KOLS tracks, it sounds as good as anything ever released by The Thermals.
FCC: 1, 5, 6, 11
Link to sample track Hours by Lemuria
Link to sample track You I Seek by KOLS