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Just Kidding

Treepeople

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Album Review

Just Kidding is a fair slice of early-'90s Northwest rock, typifying the grunge-related indie rock of the region during that era; in retrospect, however, the band is most interesting as one of Doug Martsch's first projects (before the frequently brilliant work of Built to Spill and his collaboration with Calvin Johnson in the Halo Benders). Just Kidding, unfortunately, is likely to disappoint those who look to it as an extension of Martsch's work — his songwriting on the record is somewhat minimal, and it reflects few of the signature sounds that would go into his work with Built to Spill. This leaves Just Kidding somewhere in the land of lost records — it's solid and appealing rock, and few complaints can be made about its construction, but it's also the most typically Northwestern of the band's albums, and doesn't offer much innovation on that particular vein of rock.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Upon the breakup of the Boise, ID, punk band State of Confusion, several members elected to head west to the thriving then-underground scene in Seattle, and so guitarist/vocalist Doug Martsch, guitarist/vocalist Scott Schmaljohn, bassist Pat Brown, and drummer Wayne Rhino Flower became Treepeople. An often melodic cross between punk and grunge highlighted by Martsch and Schmaljohn's guitar interplay, Treepeople's sound was never really altered to fit the post-Nirvana Seattle formula, and perhaps...
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