We just noticed that the Stranger gave our show w/ Marcy Playground a nice preview last week. Kurt B. Reighley had some nice things to say. We’re blushing…. Check it out!
Marcy Playground, Stag
(Tractor) What does it sound like when you cross singer Steve Mack, formerly of Undertones spin-off That Petrol Emotion, with grunge survivor Ben London of Alcohol Funnycar and alt-country act Sanford Arms? Would you believe… a power-pop band? This local quintet has already issued two EPs of streamlined and sinewy gems like “Love Her Records,” sure to please Cheap Trick and Guided by Voices fans. As befits a band that posts old Raspberries footage on its blog and courts mouth-breathing fan boys who groan whenever some VH1 talking head dismisses the Knack as “one-hit wonders,” Stag’s latest must-have is a limited-edition colored vinyl 45, “Don’t Lead with Your Heart.” KURT B. REIGHLEY
Flammable rivers must make people happy. The Mice-another great Cleveland power pop band!
I’ve been on a serious Raspberries kick lately and this song has been a major “ear worm” for weeks. Musically the band was amazing but there are a few songs that lyrically feel a bit creepy these days. Let’s just say I feel the immediate need to contact the authorities any time someone starts talking about a girl being “too young to know about romance” but they still need to “take a chance” like Eric Carmen sings in “Tonight”. Let’s just hope Carmen was singing from the perspective of a 15 year-old boy and not a 25 year-old man.
Check out our video for “Love Her Records” that uses some footage form the classically bad movie Record City. We bet you didn’t know that Ted “Issac The Bartender” Lange got his start behind the counter at Record City. Check it out!