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Bumbershoot hangover: Speaker Speaker

September 3rd, 2008 by travis hay

Some could claim I have a conflict of interests in writing about Speaker Speaker because they performed at my birthday concert a few months back. I completely disagree.

Speaker Speaker delivered a solid set of power pop-punk full of finely tuned songs. The highlights were “Radio Days,” “Loveland, CO,” “We Won’t March,” and surprisingly the new, unreleased songs they performed. Typically when a band tests out new material live the crowd becomes disengaged. That was not the case with these new Speaker Speaker tunes. The crowd loved them, and while they sounded similar to other material by the band (it’s tough to vary your sound if you’re gonna stick with the pop-punk genre) the songs were delivered with sincerity by the band and they kept in the same excellent spirit of poppy Speaker Speaker past, which isn’t a bad thing.

Really the trio sounds as superb live as they do on record. In fact, it’s almost like when you listen to the band it sounds like Nirvana and The Posies are having a battle of the bands inside your stereo.

Wait, where have I heard that last statement before? Oh yeah, it was written on a sticker on the front of their CD.

Oh, and since I wrote that statement and all, you might have read it here.

Okay, so there could possibly be a conflict of interest …

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