This weekâ€™s local pick is actually two different 7″ singles by the Seattle, punky, power-pop group, The Cute Lepers. The Cute Lepers is led by Steve E. Nix who you may recognize from fellow Seattle punk outfit, The Briefs. The band has a fair amount in common with The Briefs which is to be expected, but they are defiantly more on the pop side of the spectrum than The Briefs.
The first single is the Terminal Boredom / Prove It 7″. The first track on it (“Terminal Boredom”) is one of those rare pieces of power-pop perfection that begs you to sing and clap along. The song also has a great section filled with the gagging noises of Steve E. Nix. The second song on the single is a bit more mellow but still lots of fun.
The second single is the So Screwed Up / Cool City 7″. It follows in the same way as the songs of the first single, “So Screwed Up”, but it has more intricate guitar work than the others and seems to be faster, and shorter, more like a Briefs’ song.
You can find some of these songs and information on how to buy the singles on the bandâ€™s Myspace.