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Camper van Beethoven, La Costa Perdida
429 Records

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



1/10/2013 - There was a weird you-cover-our-song-we’ll-cover-yours bromance between Sublime and indie pioneers Camper van Beethoven during the early 1990s, and maybe that’s all you know about this ‘80s-launched college-rock prototype. If you prefer knowing what you’re talking about when you talk to hipster phonies, though, it’s essential to be vaguely aware of who they are: there’s no doubt that bands like Pavement and Eels owe their lives to them, and even now, almost 30 years after their anti-anthemic “Take the Skinheads Bowling,” CVB are just as — what’s the word, ‘intriguing’? — as those newer guys. In “Too High for the Love-In,” Lowery sings, “Bring to me the empty venom and make me a sandwich,” for example, at which point you can practically hear a hearty “Wish I’d said that” from The Strokes. Little has changed; it’s still cramped, dazed underground pop (that which, in turn, owes its own artistic license to Nick Cave, but for all I know I already lost you at “Sublime,” so never mind). A-  Eric W. Saeger





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