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by The Stereotypes

Garage Pop/Rock N' Roll
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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1. The Night Before
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2. Redhead
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3. Women In Magazines
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4. Sleep-over
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5. Came To Say Hello
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6. Knives
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7. Saturdays
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8. I Know Now
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Rock and roll is more than music. It's also a feeling, a mixture of exuberance, teen angst and at least three power chords. It's an unscripted art form, taking song hooks and crossing them with aural aggression and the accidental feedback left in the mix. At it' s best rock and roll can change lives, it can make you believe. And at it's best, it sounds like The Stereotypes.

This enterprising San Diego quintet delivers the goods with their debut album, aptly titled "1". Garage rock fans will fall all over themselves, from the opening staccato chords and hand claps of the incessantly catchy "The Night Before", but there is much more than meets the eye here. Check out the classic 80's big guitar sound that envelopes, "Women In Magazines", as melodic a song as you're gonna hear. You'd swear it's a lost hit. And that's the key- great songs you want to hear over and over. But there's more. There's beats mixed with acoustic guitars, drenched over distorted vocals and what sounds like a mellotron, as well as slightly Eastern European folk phrasing on "Sleepover", and then there's moody Velvet's-ish introspection on the sparse, yet compelling "Saturdays". On an album dripping with potential hits, top tracks seem to be the minor chord gem "I Know Now" and especially the driving "Come To Say Hello", but all the tracks here are should be radio perrenials. It's a sterling debut album, an embarrassment of riches.

The band consists of Mike Kamoo - guitars/ production, John Finkbiner - vocals, Dante Conti - guitar, Tim Hines- bass, and irrepressible Bobby Shaddox on drums, and all have served time in various combos which you likely even have in your record collection as we speak. But that's irrelevant to what we have here. This is about NOW!, and about a band with an explosive batch of songs that'll make you want to crank up the stereo and jump around. Most importantly it'll remind you of why you liked rock and roll in the first place. The Stereotypes are only months old, but they have already created a major impact on the Southern California music scene. Not holding back one iota, the band is already unleashing a slew of new tunes on area music fans with an eye to following up their frankly killer album a.s.a.p. If they come to your town, don't miss their manic, inspired performances. If you don't have that opportunity, set your CD player to 11, grab your air guitar, and simply enjoy the music. It rarely gets better than this.

Alan Fleagle London, England


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The Ben

A cross between The Strokes and early Elvis Costello
This cd is fun. That should be incentive enough, but if not here are a few other reasons. These guys play great together and are honestly trying to entertain you and make you bob your head. That's more than can be said of about all of today's popular 'rock' bands. The songwriting is immpecable and the instrumentation is throwback in the best of ways. It sounds vintage but with crystal clear production. Every song on the cd is a potential anthem, but the first track "The Night Before" has to be heard to be believed. Once it has its hooks in you; it won't let go. Buy this cd. Now. You will be shimmyying all over your room as I currently plan to go continue doing.

shreding paper

top ten of 2003
Stereotypes - "1"
In an era of fake rock n' roll, with "alternative" sometimes translating to overhyped gimmick bands and bastardized corporate versions of rock genres demographically targeted to kids who wouldn't know the real thing if they heard it, San Diego's Stereotypes are a breath of fresh air. Using '60s influences like Motown, Dylan, Stooges and Velvets as a starting point the Stereotypes create memorable tunes with an edgey contemporary sound all their own. The arrangements add a lot, and the punked out production complete with compressed vocals that may have been borrowed from the Strokes, gets the most out of some solid tuneage. "Knives" alone is worth the price of admission - if that doesn't rock your world nothing ever will.