Absent any real mainstream exposure, the group attracts listeners by word of mouth and the time-honored tour-hard strategy -- a wise move that makes fans feel as if they've discovered "their" band themselves. The Plain White T's don't take this responsibility lightly: They pepper Stop with songs squarely aimed at their fanbase, songs that capture the highs and lows of growing up in suburban USA. Every track seems designed for endless replay, and each suits a different mood or emotion, from the nobody-likes-me-isms of "What If" to the first-love giddiness of "Fireworks." One song, "Penny (Perfect for You)," might be a how-to manual for potential stalkers. Although the Plain White T's music might not flaunt the guilt and pain and self-loathing of emo's first wave, it nonetheless traffics in real emotions.
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