Possessor of one of the coolest real names in Rock-n-roll, Rich Crook (he of Reatards, Lost Sounds and Knaughty Knights fame) hooks up with Greg Roberson (he of some really great Rock-n-Roll hair as well as one time Reigning Sound skinsman) get together, crack open some intoxicants and make some pop music.
"Pop music? As in some kinda American Idol shit or something?"
NO! Pop music as in Cheap Trick, Sloan (I live in a bordertown...Sloan is like water or air when it comes into tuning the FM radio...I guess I could mention the Records or something but that only good Records album has only 2 or 3 good songs, Sloan has a better track record actually) , the Ramones and a bunch of "Let's have a good time tonight" (as opposed to the "Let's see how depressed and weird we can get") new wave bands who's names are slipping my memory at the moment. Don't ya hate that when it happens? It's on the tip of my tongue but it just won't shake itself loose. No matter though cuz all they'd be is reference points. LOVER! isn't (or at least I don't think but have been wrong many times before) blatantly trying to sound like any of the ones I mentioned. It just simply reminiscent when it comes to the way the songs are put together and the guitar blast (where the Cheap Trick and Ramones names drops came from) the double upped vox (Kinda like Sloan but with a bit less of that drone they sometimes have) and a jump up and down party vibe (the new wave bands reference). A couple of songs sorta got me thinking the Black and Whites but that may be something in the BBQ sauce of the "Goner Axis". If ya dug Rich's tunes on the Knaughty Knights "Tommy Of The River" single then you should not-I repeat SHOULD NOT waste any time or hem and haw about owning this.