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Album Review

Nearly a decade in the making counting the original songwriting sessions between principals Sergie Loobkoff and Garrett Klahn, Solea's self-titled debut album is a solid emo-pop album that combines the best aspects of the two leaders' former bands, the first-generation emo kids Texas Is the Reason and the long-running pop-punk act Samiam. Mixing the former's emotional intensity with the latter's energy and knack for catchy hooks, the 11 songs on Solea have an immediately appealing tunefulness that many emo bands lack. Harmonies, riffs and singalong choruses predominate on the album; it's as if Pinkerton-era Weezer had decided to stop moping and release a Big Star-like power pop record. Highlighted by the surging "I'm Waiting," a could-have-been hit in the style of Jimmy Eat World's pop-emo, and the maddeningly catchy "Shuffle" (apparently the first song Klahn and Loobkoff ever wrote together back in the mid-'90s), Solea is an engaging, satisfying release, and well worth the wait.


Formed: 2001 in Stockton, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Although indie rock quartet Solea's self-titled debut was not released until 2005, the impetus for the band stretched all the way back to a European tour in the summer of 1996 between a popular first-generation emo band, Texas Is the Reason, and the long-running pop-punk act Samiam. The primary singers and songwriters of each band, Samiam's Sergie Loobkoff and Texas Is the Reason's Garrett Klahn, bonded over the course of this extensive haul and began writing songs together on their shared tour bus,...
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