This just catapulted to my Top 5 of the year. Now, while that may mean `jump in for many of you, I caution as this is PERFECT homage to late 70s UK powerpopping punk and it is not for everyone. Certainly, it IS for me! This is a project from guys who were in The Briefs, another fave band of mine the last 5 years, too. This has the attitude of punk, the style of mod and the polish of power pop. The Cute Lepars churn out a succession of two-to-three-minute gems, one after another, on and on until the 11 songs are finished and the new-found fan of the band is perfectly satisfied. Whipped Creamed punk rock sundae, please? "4 stars. They blend skinny-tie, new wave and power pop but with a little less punk and added girly background vocals. Compared to The Briefs, they also move to a little further into the 70s, taking in mod revival influences and even elements of sanitized charts acts of the day such as The Knack and The Cars."-Record Collector.
"The sort of band that every good punker will secretly wish he were in, The Briefs take the buzzing guitars and remind us why punk rock got huge in the first place: If done right, it`s a hell of a lot of fun to be ticked off. 1977 is little more than a memory caked full of revisionist history, nostalgia and idealism, but this cuts through all the baggage to get a sound that remembers when punk rock was nothing more than a bunch of noise made by outsiders that had no possible hope of breaking into the mainstream. No future, indeed."-Aversion.com
"The Cute Lepers remind listeners how much variety there used to be in punk`s early days by rolling that era`s range of influences into one record. Led by Steve E. Nix (guitarist, lead vocals), the Seattle-based band differs from its predecessors by including a rotating cast of female back-up singers. Although their record is titled Can Not Stand Modern Music, the Cute Lepers do betray a love of mod music: the record`s second track "Cool City" recasts "In the City," the title track from the debut of mod-revivalists the Jam. Unsurprisingly, chord progressions familiar to anyone who owns a Ramones record show up in droves, (think: "Terminal Boredom" and "Nervous Habits"); while on "Prove It," which bears no relation to the track of the same name from Televisions` Marquee Moon, the Cute Lepers stretch to include My Aim Is True-era Elvis Costello." - Venus Zine. Listen in - see if it hits you right. It may not, but if it does, you are in for a serious treat! RIGHT FREAKINg ON!!!
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