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Pep Squad

Yreka Bakery

(Tooth and Nail)

Sporting a rather warped sense of humor, ferocious rock attack, and hooks galore, Pep Squad’s new disc Yreka Bakery is a blast of pure rock best described as the Pixies crossed with Weezer. Quite often they actually remind me of the great, unjustly forgotten Scottish band The Rezillos, who combined nutty lyrics with pop hooks and punk attitude. With subjects ranging from a WWF wrestling grandma (“The Fabulous Moola”) and a guy’s love for a Barbie doll (“Erik’s Got A Girlfriend”), Pep Squad can never be accused of taking themselves too seriously. And that’s what makes this album a hoot—good tunes, propulsive beats, and a whacked-out wit. Quite fittingly, they toss in a brilliant take on the Adam Ant classic “Friend Or Foe.”

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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