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Fake Problems: Spurs and Spokes / Bull > MatadorSpurs and Spokes / Bull > Matador (2006)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Whoops, yeah, we’ve been sleeping on this review for a while. I think it was the honky-tonk chords that open the first track on Fake Problems’ pseudo-compilation EP, Spurs and Spokes / Bull > Matador, that really threw me off and caused me to long-ignore the thing. Sure, that stylistic vibe is incredibly persistent throughout the release but what I inexplicably failed to realize is how tongue-in-cheek it is. Does that necessarily make it better? Well, sort of, but it helps that the band more often than not delves into poppy and jangled punk rock with lots of little creative flares and alt-country overtones only somewhat like the comparison you know you were going to find mentioned at least once in this review: Against Me!.
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