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The Lashes

The Lashes: The Stupid StupidThe Stupid Stupid (2004)
Lookout Records

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The Lashes write astonishingly well-crafted pop songs, and that's not something to be taken lightly. The Seattle six (!) piece's somewhat unfortunately titled The Stupid Stupid EP is one of the best debuts I've heard in years and I'm astonished that songs this infectious haven't gained wider recogni.
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The Lashes write astonishingly well-crafted pop songs, and that's not something to be taken lightly. The Seattle six (!) piece's somewhat unfortunately titled The Stupid Stupid EP is one of the best debuts I've heard in years and I'm astonished that songs this infectious haven't gained wider recognition thus far. Of course the band isn't breaking new ground as much as shuffling a well-worn deck, but their approach and attitude is fresh enough to set them apart.

With two guitars and a prominent keyboard The Lashes' sound is quite busy. There's a definite early 80s new wave influence and the band tends to lift from The Cars more than they do, say, The Ramones. Yet they've definitely captured a loud and rough feel on the EP, with producer Michael Barber keeping the band's rock wisely in the garage. Vocalist Ben Clark (er, Ben Lashes since we're eschewing surnames) cements the band with a voice that's perfectly suited to this style. His vocals fall somewhere between Ric Ocasek and Rivers Cuomo, with a hint of Robert Smith in the high range. His delivery is excited and never overly sweet. Thankfully with keyboardist Jacob Lashes providing backups (as opposed to studio trickery shamefully filling out the sound), The Lashes never come off sounding artificial or over produced.

"Death By Mixtape" is destined to become the band's defining anthem, that song that becomes their encore tune for the rest of their career. It, along with "It's Your Party," feature those cherished "keep humming hours later" chorus' that some bands would kill for. There's a bit of a This Years Model tribute in the opening to the aptly titled "Pop Song" (which also features the shamefully self-reflecting chorus "All its gonna take is just another pop song / to make everything okay"). The band's introspective side shows in "Ex-Mas (Young In Love)," but even in their moment of melancholy The Lashes can't escape the sunny, sing-along chorus' that mark their anthems.

The Lashes are writing better songs on their debut EP than some of the most popular MTV-punk acts have in their careers. If the band maintains this level of quality on their upcoming full length they'll have every right to blow up and conquer the airwaves.

 

 
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Anonymous (November 9, 2004)

i saw them at bumbershoot (seattle music/art festival) they were so awsome!!! i talked to them after the show and they were really cool people.... one of the best bands i've met

MarkieStabone (October 1, 2004)

good review. i picked this up last night, and i like it. if they can carry this sound into a full length, i think we'll all be hearing a lot more about them.

Anonymous (September 30, 2004)

Eh, I heard to a few songs awhile ago after recommendations and wasn't too thrilled.

Imposs1ble (September 29, 2004)

I've liked everything I've heard from these guys so far.

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

if you want your band linked on here, you mostlikey shouldn't inslut it. And im sure you just randomly posting in every review is going to piss some people off.

adam (September 28, 2004)

I didn't know DIY promotion mean spamming the site. How about you get smart and submit some news or send a CD for review if you want some promotion? Posting your link 500 times is SPAM and just pisses everyone off.

-adam

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

Okay pop. Not much more. Not saving music or anything, but if enough bands got in this mind set, there might still be hope.

-BSD

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