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EDITORS’ NOTES

Bands working in San Francisco's shadow in the East Bay rarely have an easy time of it. But in recent years, the Oakland area has sprouted a number of notable artists to keep an eye on, including Legs. A noise-edged pop band with hints of shoegaze and C86 pop ancestry, Legs make a clear statement with this impressive debut. A jangle is as good as a whir, and reverb is always welcome, especially with the melancholic vocals of Amelia Adams and Jeffrey Harland. Shades of classic Flying Nun bands like Straightjacket Fits and The Chills are also prominent; the co-founder of Legs, Matt Bullimore, is a New Zealand native. That label's trademark propulsive vibe drives "Go Ask Your Mother" and "Thirteen Stories," and a Kiwi-pop jangle courses through songs like "Two Colours." "Friday Afternoon at the Zoo" is a dead ringer for a Rain Parade track. But even after all that's said, Legs make it all sound fresh and wholly their own. "Don't Say a Word" and "Time to Face the World" are bristling, brambly pop songs that lift the spirit and inspire smiles.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bands working in San Francisco's shadow in the East Bay rarely have an easy time of it. But in recent years, the Oakland area has sprouted a number of notable artists to keep an eye on, including Legs. A noise-edged pop band with hints of shoegaze and C86 pop ancestry, Legs make a clear statement with this impressive debut. A jangle is as good as a whir, and reverb is always welcome, especially with the melancholic vocals of Amelia Adams and Jeffrey Harland. Shades of classic Flying Nun bands like Straightjacket Fits and The Chills are also prominent; the co-founder of Legs, Matt Bullimore, is a New Zealand native. That label's trademark propulsive vibe drives "Go Ask Your Mother" and "Thirteen Stories," and a Kiwi-pop jangle courses through songs like "Two Colours." "Friday Afternoon at the Zoo" is a dead ringer for a Rain Parade track. But even after all that's said, Legs make it all sound fresh and wholly their own. "Don't Say a Word" and "Time to Face the World" are bristling, brambly pop songs that lift the spirit and inspire smiles.

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About Legs

The duo of Jeffrey Harland and Matt Bullimore formed Oakland-based noise pop group Legs in 2011. The two had been friends for a long time and had played in bands before deciding to join forces and begin recording. Inspired by the noisy pop found on labels like mid-'80s Creation and Flying Nun (Bullimore was born in New Zealand and grew up as a fan of the label), Harland and Bullimore spent a year as a duo recording project only as Matt learned to play drums and they honed their sound. Slowly they began to add members to the band -- first Amelia Adams on vocals, then Kevin Walker and Spencer Hicks -- as they painstakingly worked on recording an album. After hooking up with San Francisco label Loglady and finishing up some songs, the band released Pass the Ringo in the spring of 2013. ~ Tim Sendra

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