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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. 

Customer Reviews

glad i found it

its amazing what good band you can find by just kinda poking around on itunes, now im a big fan of the cute lepers...gotta love the name too!

Perfect retro rock/punk

umm this record is called "can't stand modern music," yet so much of modern music is boutique reproductions of music of the seventies and early eighties so I'm not sure exactly how they differentiate themselves from that massive and widespread trend. So why am I giving this five stars? Well two reasons: 1)I happen to dig the style they are playing in which is basically power pop/early punk along the lines of The Plugz, GenX, The Scruffs, Buzzcocks, 999, etc. etc.and 2)They do it perfectly, maybe even better than many of the original bands but perhaps without the spark of invention.


this band was formed by two members of the BRIEFS who are taking a long break becuase theyve been touring so long. awesome music, still the same style as the briefs, and i love them. BUY IT! LISTEN TO IT ALL THE TIME!


Formed: 2007 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

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...
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