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Camels, Spilled Corona and the Sound of Mariachi Bands

J Church

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Album Review

The first of several singles compilations for this prolific punk trio, Camels transcends its lo-fi boundaries with clever songwriting and an ear for pop hooks. Considering the lyrical subjects here are often downbeat observations (songs such as "Sound of Mariachi Bands" and "Misery" feel as if they were penned on a cocktail napkin just prior to last call), the songs are uptempo and full of effortless bounce. Although the source material is garnered from half a dozen 7" singles and compilations, Camels works as a complete stand-alone album.

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The Best Best Of

This album compiles the earliest singles of the prolific J Church. Many of the original releases are out of print, especially the comps. Most of the themes J Church explore in later releases are germinated here, like the beauty and weight of everyday life and various reactions to this juxtaposition, violence for instance in "Bomb" or love in "Katrina and Paul". "Sacrifice" is my favorite song.

Biography

Formed: 1991 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Prolific San Francisco punk-pop trio J Church was formed in 1991 by singer/guitarist Lance Hahn and bassist Gardner Fusuhara, longtime friends who previously teamed in Cringer. Named in honor of a local bus route, the group went through a series of drummers before and after the 1993 release of their full-length debut, Quetzalcoatl; the album was quickly followed by Camels, Spilled Corona and the Sound of Mariachi Bands, a collection of early singles. Upon completing 1994's Prophylaxis, J Church added...
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