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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Mark H. » Music » The Tattle Tales - "Fuck The Ergs!"

"You Said It Was a Good Size! 7" Review"

The Tattle Tales
Fuck The Ergs!
(Rally Records)

"Sometimes I Forget The Rules To Rock'N'Roll" would knock an Ozma fan right out their socks, with scads of hot moog hooks practically towing the lightly fuzz-polished guitars and harmonies of Christian Stefos and guest vocalist Hallie Unlovable. It's a catchy tune no doubt, but at this moment in time, my vision is 20/20 due to hindsight. The formula for the song seems similar to the stuff the Tattle Tales put out on their previous release 3 years ago. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but the flipside is entirely different and unquestionably better than anything the band has done up to this point on the needle.

"The Things People Know" is a short, lo-fi acoustic performance featuring singer/keyboardist Anya Kaats, who puts forth a small glimpse-of-life teenage romance tune without an ounce of apprehension. The east coast version of Lois Maffeo, perhaps? It's not entirely impossible to make a better electric version of this song, but it would be very, very difficult.

"Banana Split" is the best Tattle Tales song I've ever heard. It's the main reason the slab has conquered my turntable during these past few weeks. A catchy, rollicking pop punk song, this time with the always welcome '50s vibe, a bouncy bass, great backing vox, and a boogie-woogie piano. All the ingredients are sweet, and the mixed result is downright scrumptious. If this is the appetizer for the full-length, then consider my appetite whetted.


Anonymous Derek said...

Is that Ben Kweller on the album cover?

9:49 AM  

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