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Less Pain Forever and Peachcake

Now We Have Something to Celebrate

This split CD from indie rock duo Less Pain Forever and pop/electronica twosome Peachcake begins with Less Pain Forever encouraging you to "Throw Yer Babies." The leadoff track not only has LPF's usual quirky synths and Zappa-esque vibe but also contains lyrics like "The fire on the mountain is a hermit with some torches." It ain't exactly Bob Dylan, but LPF guitarist-bassist-singer James Karnes and drummer-keyboardist-singer Christopher Pomerenke would rather make cheesy, boingo-bass pop rock along the lines of They Might Be Giants and Ween anyway. The first five tracks on the CD belong to them, from the soulful but nasal singing on "Quantum Leap (Oh Dracula)" to the nonsensical la-la-la hooks of "Let's Go to Hell."

Songs six through ten come from Peachcake, a band that should receive the award -- if someone ever makes one -- for Best Song Title. There's "Stop Acting Like You Know More About the Internet Cafe than Me," with its catchy dance beat and sparkling digital effects, and "Jeremiah, Stop Taking Bukowski So Seriously," which is adorned with a lush digital drumbeat and a Depeche Mode-ish downer vibe. There's also "Are We Accidentally at a Party?" and "Did I Just Do That, or Was It Jim Carrey?"

These two duos have a friendly rivalry (if you can call bringing a ring announcer on stage, hurling fake babies at each other and smashing piƱatas "friendly"), but this split CD shows Less Pain Forever and Peachcake for what they really are: two equally innovative, fun bands.

 
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