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Between Sheets and Walls

by The Dropzines

latest smash Indie-Pop trio to come out of Pennsylvania. Dropzines' Music can be described as an eclectic mix of savory Harmony-Indie Pop served up in bite-sized morsels. Although appealingly confectionary to the ear on first taste, there lies just be
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1. Sad Tuesday
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2. Lets Go Of You
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3. Wire
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4. Her Curtains
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5. Creature Comfort
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6. What Will My Mary Say?
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7. At The Party
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8. Endless Driveway
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9. Purple Sandals
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10. I'll Take You Downtowne
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The DROPZINES: A COLLECTION OF CIRCA 1930'S PERIODICALS DEDICATED TO ESSAYS ON NATIONAL DEPRESSION AND MASS EXHAUSTION.

The Dropzines (pronounced: drop-zeens) is the latest smash Indie-Pop trio to come out of Pennsylvania. Dropzines' Music can be described as an eclectic mix of savory Harmony-Indie Pop served up in bite-sized morsels. Although appealingly confectionary to the ear on first taste, there lies just beneath the pleasing candy veneer, a dark center composed of witticism and melancholia; and strewn throughout are the razor shards of sarcastic cynicism. All of which, promises to be audibly accessible and intellectually stimulating.
Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist, Shawn Stabley, brings to The Dropzines his rich past of musical experiences on tap. Formerly of the now defunct New York City faction, The Most Sordid Pies, Shawn recorded the album, Grit & Sunshine along side producers John Siket (Sonic Youth, Phish, Yo La Tengo) and Kramer (Shimmy Disc Records), utilizing legendary rock recording facilities, Bearsville Studios and Power Station.
Accompanied by the distinct yet unorthodox bass guitar style of Tony Romanell and the beautifully paired vocal harmonies and percussion of Jason Kline, The Dropzines bring you their debut album. With a flair for brilliant 60's harmonies laid atop ballads of angst, loss, solitude, and indifference, "Between Sheets and Walls" guarantees much more beneath the musical surface and from a fresh perspective.

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Genevieve Will(Indie-Music.com)

Move over as the Dropzines take their rightful place on the throne of captivatin
Innovative pop has come at last in the form of the Dropzines’ album Between Sheets and Walls. Somewhere between The Wonders from the movie That Thing You Do and modern indie rock emerge the Pennsylvania band with an amazing eye for the catchy. Not a moment exists on this album when you won’t be bobbing your head thinking of early Beatles tunes.
Although a bit unsteady when it comes to lyrical flow, Shawn Stabley, vocals/guitar; Michael Brenneman, bass; and Jason Kline, drums pull it all together for a poppy social commentary that will start your mind spinning and your feet tapping. You know that song that’s been running through your head for days? Well it can get ready to move over as the Dropzines take their rightful place on the throne of captivatingly grungy pop-rock.
“Sad Tuesday” should perhaps be the mascot of the entire album with its certainty in its place in modern rock and that extremely upbeat melody inherent to every one of the Dropzines’ songs. It’s that edgy basement pop your mom tells you to turn down because she’s nervous you’ll turn into a rock star groupie.
“What Will My Mary Say?” proves itself, however impossible you thought it, to be even more bubblegum-pop-with-attitude than “Sad Tuesday” and calls to mind early Weezer meets early Beatles.
The unquestionably best song on Between Sheets and Walls is “Endless Driveway,” as it has all the aforementioned virtues of the other tracks, yet more openly touches on some kind of depth or sadness perhaps lacking entirely from the rest of the album.
Conceivably, the greatest thing about the Dropzines is not their catchy songs or ability to call to mind other bands you’ve loved, but their brazen comfort in the pop nature of their music.
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Though they hail from Pennsylvania, the sound that fills the room when Dropzines self-released album ‘Between Sheets And Walls’ is on repeat will be familiar to English ears. Falling midway between the classic, harmonic power-indie of Olivia Tremor Control and Guided By Voices, the mordant, minor key threnody of early Echo & The Bunnymen and the sun-shimmer joy of Anglican west-coast revivalists The Thrills and Cosmic Rough Riders, Dropzines are an everyman act in that there’s something here likely to appeal to every man. Front man and lynchpin Shawn Stabley (formerly of New York’s The Most Sordid Pies) also does a mean Jonathan Richman impression on the spikily melodious ‘Her Curtains’; that he then takes it into the territory of The Beautiful South and makes it sound completely natural tells you all you need to know about this most impressive band.
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Chaz Martenstein(Left Off The Dial)

This is a solid band with a very full sound, and I’m impressed.
I was surprised by this record, very pleasantly surprised. I was expecting a pop-punky type outfit and on the first listen, that’s all I heard. However, today I sat down with it, threw on some clunky old headphones and stepped back into it. A new album was placed before me; this album had great production and very catchy hooks. So catchy and well done, that I could not help but wonder why I have not heard of these guys before. This is an incredibly smart, well-constructed album, and a great deal of time went into it. Shawn Stabley, Michael Brenneman and Jason Kline are three wonderful musicians, and each carries his own weight throughout each track.
Between Sheets and Walls gathers elements of raw, stripped down rock n’ roll, 60’s garage pop, and a bit of southern swagger. The vocals are sweet and throaty with backup harmonies laid down by the drummer. Taking a slight turn, the track “At the Party” is a sarcastic dive into British psychedelia complete with Syd Barrett style guitar work. The guitar work on the album is wonderful; it’s simple at times but still innovative and interesting. Sometimes Stabley comes in with power chord stomp progressions, and then he’ll retreat back to a southern rhythm and blues style. Right underneath the rhythm, a slide guitar line will creep through or a harmonica drawl will find its way around the song. The bass lines are punchy and all over the fret board, but they’re right in time and tune with the guitar, always there to catch it or back it up. Kline’s drumming is pretty intense as well, as his energy and explosiveness is stretched out so well through each track. Each musician adds his own interesting parts to every track, and they’re all firing off at the same time. “What Will My Mary Say?” is another standout track on the album where the band experiments more fully with the 60’s garage pop sound, even throwing in a clubbed drum feel.
This is really decent power trio rock n’ roll with a great kick. The only complaint I might want to make would be that the lyrics, in some places, could be a tad better; but the ridiculous hooks make up for anything there. This is a solid band with a very full sound, and I’m impressed.
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Steve Rudd(In Dreams)

This Pennsylvanian trio is a highly interesting and attention-retaining one
This Pennsylvanian trio is a highly interesting and attention-retaining one, as their music so zestfully straddles so many genres, with the opening track 'Sad Tuesday' being part-pop, part-punk, park-rock, and all-engaging.
'Lets Go Of You' delivers a magical jingle-jangle guitar sound straight out of the swingin' sixties courtesy of the band frontman Shawn Stabley on both guitar and vocals (he who was once an integral player in NYC's band Most Sordid Pies), while 'Creature Comfort' builds on the Dropzines' love of upbeat pop-rock melodies.
With Jason Kline on percussion duties and Mike Brenneman on bass, the majority of these songs are indie-rock anthems that bounce away merrily with catchy hooks aplenty, even if the overall rock sound is rather endearingly 'raw.' Still, there is ample room for surprises, as 'At The Party' bowls in its acoustic majesty while Shawn sings of 'boring people talking about themselves' (which, he realises, is what parties are usually all about… are they not?) in rather a subdued and reflective mood, before a fantastically angular blues-rock riff rides out their 'Endless Driveway.'
Perhaps the most interestingly captivating track of all though is the one that comes last, because - no word of a lie - 'I'll Take You Downtowne' is buoyed by the exact same harmony that the Fountains of Wayne have since made famous via their 'Stacey's Mum' pop-punk anthem. Which is weird.
'Between Sheets And Walls' and between you and me, much of the Dropzines' success lies in the fact that their music is so hard to categorise. And whatever type of music they are playing, rest assured - it always a joy to hear. -
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