STOWAWAYS, THE #6: 8 ½” x 11”, photocopied, 8 pgs.

Jul 27, 2012

Christopher, fold your zine! You’ve already been scolded for this in this very publication! You have no excuse! First of all, a stapled, 8 1/2” x 11” zine consisting of six pieces of paper is easily destroyed in the mail, in a backpack or just about anywhere. On top of that, there’s enough content here for several more pages of a half-size zine, making for a more attractive, less thrown-together-looking, thinly-spread package. Aside from the aforementioned annoyance, I’m a fan of The Stowaways. There’s a certain charm and love of life to Christopher’s writing. My favorite part is the show reviews, where he manages to talk about anything but the band that played, focusing, instead, on human interactions and hanging out that happens as a result. His reviews of stuff like records and zines are really fun and awesome to read; I can’t explain how or why, they just are. He’s just got a certain breezy, carefree style of writing. I was left wanting him to review everything. His lunch. His town. His parents. His shoes... well, all right, that’s enough. I just wish it were longer because I really liked it. That’s all. His band interview, however, was a poor way to translate his passion. He comes off like a star-struck fanboy. He’s super excited about the band, Moses Campbell, but the questions are about boring shit like where they recorded their album. He needs to step up his game in this area or cut the interviewing out altogether. Otherwise, totally recommended. So, order this zine and hope it holds up in the mail. While you’re at it, get the Roman Candles tape. It’s this guy’s singer-songwriter project and it’s good. (The Stowaways, 5082 Wendover Rd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886, [email protected])



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