Punk-lite with female vocals and guys from Green Apple Quick Step and The Presidents of the USA (not the bald guy, though). Dejha has a great voice yet the music is strictly rock in the tamest sense of the word. Citing the obvious Costello, Bowie and Blondie influences is paint-by-numbers in this business, and I guess credit must be given for adhering to the rules. With regards to the record, “Waltz for Lucy” is a nice piano ballad, nothing more, nothing less, and “Heaven for You Too” has a novel feel, but overall the record fails to evoke a passionate response from this reviewer because it’s so, er, normal. In fact, the only thing listening to Backseat Memoirs makes me want to do is put on a Manowar album and rock out. Like bassist Joey DeMaio has stated again and again, “if you’re not into metal, then you are not my friend.” That right there, ladies and gentlemen, is a template to live by.
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