sob stories Debut 12 (12", £15.95)label: Emotional Response
A shotgun marriage of '80s jangle pop and nervy, tongue-in-cheek lyrics are the wedded bliss of SOB STORIES' eponymous debut EP. Lead singer and songwriter JOEL CUSUMANO never met a hooky chord progression, or a dark turn of phrase, he didn't like. Prior to forming Sob Stories, Cusumano played with Oakland power-poppers TALKIES—after recording with Terry Six (Exploding Hearts) and releasing a full-length cassette on Burger Records, he parted ways with the group to form Sob Stories. Other Bay Area pop pros (members of RAZZ, COCKTAILS) fill out the Sobs' lineup. The band's debut is a whirlwind of guitar pop tunes that all clock in under 2:30, and cover the rock geek milieu—heartbreak, regret and baked Alaska.
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