Can't Stand Modern Music by The Cute Lepers on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s pretty obvious the Cute Lepers don’t care much for modern music — their sound is a faithful reproduction of punk and new wave bands from a good thirty years ago.  Cute Lepers singer Steve E. Nicks and bass player Stevie Kicks also play in Seattle’s The Briefs, a similar band with a more street-punk sound. For the Lepers think Boston’s Jags, instead of the UK’s Adverts. The Lepers feature a female back-up chorus that adds a tangible layer of sugary fun, especially on the doo-woppy “The News Is Always The Same” and the wry “The Day After the End of the World.” The opening track “Terminal Boredom,” however, has as much bite as bark, and would be at home on any classic English punk compilation (Nicks even perfects a sort of quasi-upchucking delivery on a few words in the middle of the song).  “It’s Summertime Baby,” “Out of Order,” and “Nervous Habits” have all the charm and energy of power-pop punk bands like the Undertones and 999, and that’s always reason enough to crank it up. “Opening Up” closes things out with a little dash of spit and vinegar, its classic, shout-along chorus fueled by see-sawing guitars and a soaring layer of vocals pushing the view of a “new generation” to an anthemic end. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s pretty obvious the Cute Lepers don’t care much for modern music — their sound is a faithful reproduction of punk and new wave bands from a good thirty years ago.  Cute Lepers singer Steve E. Nicks and bass player Stevie Kicks also play in Seattle’s The Briefs, a similar band with a more street-punk sound. For the Lepers think Boston’s Jags, instead of the UK’s Adverts. The Lepers feature a female back-up chorus that adds a tangible layer of sugary fun, especially on the doo-woppy “The News Is Always The Same” and the wry “The Day After the End of the World.” The opening track “Terminal Boredom,” however, has as much bite as bark, and would be at home on any classic English punk compilation (Nicks even perfects a sort of quasi-upchucking delivery on a few words in the middle of the song).  “It’s Summertime Baby,” “Out of Order,” and “Nervous Habits” have all the charm and energy of power-pop punk bands like the Undertones and 999, and that’s always reason enough to crank it up. “Opening Up” closes things out with a little dash of spit and vinegar, its classic, shout-along chorus fueled by see-sawing guitars and a soaring layer of vocals pushing the view of a “new generation” to an anthemic end. 

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About The Cute Lepers

While the Briefs took an extended hiatus in 2007, retro-punk frontman Steve E. Nix continued his exploration of spunky melody-driven songcraft by launching the Cute Lepers. Stevie Kicks, also of the Briefs, joined his longtime bandmate on bass, while guitarist Zache Actually and drummer Josh Blisters completed the group's instrumental lineup. Hoping to inject their blend of British punk and power pop with traces of doo wop and old-time rock & roll, the Cute Lepers also opened their doors to a pair of singularly named backup singers, Meredith and Prisilla. The band then issued several 7" singles before signing with Blackheart Records, an American label owned by hard rock veteran Joan Jett. A European deal with Damaged Goods followed, and the Cute Lepers made their full-length debut with 2008's Can't Stand Modern Music. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Seattle, WA
  • FORMED
    2007

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