CHINESE TELEPHONES: Self-titled: CD

Jan 23, 2008

I think if the Marked Men had a touch more of a garage/power pop influence to them, they’d be the Chinese Telephones. Having finally released a proper full length (and after asking about it in a previous review, I can quite safely assume 110 percent of the credit), it’s some more of the familiar, fast, and catchy hits we already love, as well as some slower ones (which the asshole in me still likes, just not as MUCH as the faster/catchier ones, though that’s gradually changing with every listen). Listening to this gives me the impression that these guys are the type of band that could play at a party in any little jerk-water burg, and instantly win over everyone in attendance, from the (literal) kids to the older, “been around” dudes.

 –joe (It’s Alive)

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