Formed in San Francisco in 1994 by Roddy Bottum (Faith No More), Lynn Perko (Sister Double Hppiness), Jone Stebbins and Will Schwartz. Their thrid album is a power pop aesthetic of crunchy guitar riffs, classic boy/girl harmonies, soaring meloides, and pure pop lyrics. Produced by the band with help from Steve MacDonald and Ann Waronker.
Formed in San Francisco in 1994 by Roddy Bottum (Faith No More), Lynn Perko (Sister Double Hppiness), Jone Stebbins and Will Schwartz. Their thrid album is a power pop aesthetic of crunchy guitar riffs, classic boy/girl harmonies, soaring meloides, and pure pop lyrics. Produced by the band with help from Steve MacDonald and Ann Waronker.
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Label: MERGE RECORDS
Catalog: 29506
Rel. Date: 04/09/2002
UPC: 036172950621

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Formed in San Francisco in 1994 by Roddy Bottum (Faith No More), Lynn Perko (Sister Double Hppiness), Jone Stebbins and Will Schwartz. Their thrid album is a power pop aesthetic of crunchy guitar riffs, classic boy/girl harmonies, soaring meloides, and pure pop lyrics. Produced by the band with help from Steve MacDonald and Ann Waronker.

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It’s hard to be cute and not cloying, but for three albums now San Franciscoindie-rockers Imperial Teen have managed the trick. Maybe it’s due to themuch-written-about freedom with which they approach their roles in the band:nominally, the lineup is two guitars (Will Schwartz and Roddy Bottum), bass(Jone Stebbins) and drums (Lynn Perko), but the band members switch around wheneverthey feel like it, adding an off-kilter, improvisatory sense to the music, andthey all sing, with Schwartz and Bottum dominating. Or maybe it’s theirknack for candy-pop melodies leavened with whiskey-sour lyrics; lots of ImperialTeen songs describe emotional degradation in the catchiest possible terms.

Whatever it is, it works, and On, their third album, is proof of itsdurability. The slow-rising Farfisa organ of “Sugar” adds a blissfuledge to Schwartz’s whispery vocals, both pretty and a little menacing.And they get a lot of mileage out of simple means—two or three lead guitarnotes on “Ivanka,” or nearly as few words on “Baby,” whosechorus goes “Shake shake/ Go go/ Take take/ Slow slow.” Bottum andSchwartz are both gay and both write matter-of-factly about it, but if Ondoesn’t contain a lyric as immediately iconic as “Our subtext is ourplot” (from 1996’s Seasick) or “Why you gotta be so proud?/I’m the one with lipstick on” (1999’s What Is Not to Love),“It’s like a two car garage in a one-horse town” (“Ivanka”)is close enough. Even if it weren’t, there’s plenty else here to sinkyour ears into.