When I first heard that The Lemonheads were putting out a new album for Vagrant Records this year, my initial reaction was, "You mean Evan Dando hasn't O.D.'d yet?" To be honest, back in the day I didn't listen to The Lemonheads all that much so I wasn't particularly moved one way or another by the idea. Still, I was curious to see what collaborators Dando would bring along this time, and whether or not a younger generation might be willing to embrace a veteran 90's rocker.
Now that some of the songs from this album are starting to leak out though, I gotta say, I am totally hooked. Part of it may be just the authentic 90's feel of the whole thing, but more than that, these songs are simply some of the catchiest pop songs I've heard all year. The involvement of drummer Bill Stevenson and bassist Karl Alvarez of The Descendents helps explain some of the pep and melancholy yet melodic hooks in the music. Hell, they even namedrop The Jam and The Buzzcocks in their artist bio... not that I necessarily hear the influence, but regardless, I am pretty much sold. The new Lemonheads self-titled album hits stores on September 26th.
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