The forthcoming, tentatively self-titled LP from Seattle's Constant Lovers is just what you'd expect if you've heard the band live and/or heard the propulsive and rollicking self-titled EP, only here everything—even premastering—sounds bigger. Joel Cuplin's harried yowl has seen another year or two of whiskey and cigarettes, and it and the throaty bass and shotgun-blast drums figure most prominently throughout, while guitarist Eric Fisher's and Cuplin's guitar-feedback squalls wind in and out. Several high points from the EP—"Eye for an Eye," "This Pain," and "My Love"—are revisited here and given girth by Chris Common's capable engineering. Cuplin says the record still needs some final touches and that it should be released next spring. Expect big things.
- Grant Brissey, The Stranger (Seattle)
The cover of Constant Lovers' debut record, True Romance, depicts an index finger poking clean through a stick of butter — an apt visual for the group's forceful, hot-knife vocals. On "Champagne Shower," leader Joel Cuplin howls, "There's no more teeth marks on my skin/Where have you been?" Constant Lovers have bite. With Bleach-y, low-dipping bass lines, and Murder City Devilish subject matter, Northwest grime permeates their sound. Tonight they celebrate the release of True Romance, sharing a bill with Footwork (three guys with a soft-spot for hard-hitting, speedy jungle drums), Charles Leo Gebhardt IV, John Atkins, and KEXP's DJ Sharlese.”
- Elissa Ball, Flavorpill