By Mabel Suen
By Cassie Kohler
By Evan C. Jones
By RFT Music
By RFT Music
By Tom Finkel
By Ryan Wasoba
By Roy Kasten
There's a pretty wide range of styles on the album. There are uptempo, danceable tracks, but also some rockers and a couple melancholy ballads.
Cracchiolo:Well, I write in phases, and I always try to write a crop of songs that's different from the ones that came before. For me, the post-punk time is so apt because this really is just more complicated punk rock. If I hear a band and it's straightforward and uptempo...I mean, I'm not talking about bratty, screamy punk-rock shit. I'm talking about stuff that's a little smarter and more mature than that. That's the stuff that gets me really excited, but by no means is it all that I listen to. And it all finds its way into the writing at some point. I mean, Jamie loves Steely Dan. I love Steely Dan.
That reminds me I've heard rumors of some impromptu Steely Dan sing-alongs when you guys get together...
Toon:I don't know what you're talking about.
Cracchiolo:OK, it's not true. [Laughs] The way Jamie and I joined the band was that we worked at a comic book store together, and between the two of us and our manager at the time, the place was basically like a non-stop rock opera. It was ridiculous. Like, parody lyrics to Rush and Queen and the Doobie Brothers constantly.
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