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The strange and true story of your life.

by Lousy Robot

"The disc glimmers with a certain late '60s pop sensibility that has been filtered through a 1984 MTV video. Guitar hooks upon guitar hooks gracefully glide over tempered rhythms and understated vocals." --The Albuquerque Journal
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Deep inside a real big empty.
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2. Together somehow.
2:01 $0.99
3. Get back down.
3:17 $0.99
4. Watercolor sundown everythings.
3:06 $0.99
5. No big deal.
3:27 $0.99
6. Train wreck.
2:49 $0.99
7. The day we lied and didn't mind.
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8. Not so happy with not so much.
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9. Flying pizza.
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10. Gone.
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Album Notes
"Pop artists deal with the lowly trivia of possessions and equipment that the present generation is lugging along with it on its safari into the future." - J.G. Ballard

The creepy world of Indie-Pop has launched yet another band onto the scene in the form of Lousy Robot. Since their first show in April 2003, this four piece rock group from Albuquerque has been busy creating catchy, noisy songs aimed at the cynical but somehow resonating with the hopeful. Songs about the not-so-everyday lives we deal with everyday.

With their first record from the complicated hand of producer John Dufilho (The Deathray Davies) just completed, the Lousy Robot boys are ready to deliver pop sensibility to anybody that cares to listen. Nobody knows how these things come about or what they mean. We should just enjoy them while we can.



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Kate Mackley -- Dallas Music Guide

...youthful pleasing pop perfect for a sunny afternoon...
Lousy Robot is a band that sounds totally different than the way they look. Hearing them, you expect to see ocean-frizzed curly-haired surf punks or maybe ‘60s mods, but instead you get a bunch of good ol' boys sounding all of nineteen. They play youthful pleasing pop perfect for a sunny afternoon bopping around the pool. It's the opposite of emo; it's the happy punk of the late ‘80s with depressing lyrics and fun melodies. “Train Wreck” takes you back to the dance clubs of England circa '66. It's got that Monkee-ish bounce to it that makes you wanna do the swim. They even take lyrics of totally awkward small talk and covert it into a song you can immediate sing along with. Recorded at Pleasantry Lane Studios here in Dallas by Salim Nourallah and produced by John Dulfilho, The Strange and True Story of Your Life is their debut album. It's perfect that they are from along Route 66 because Lousy Robot combines that happy feeling from southern California and mixes it up with some old English beats and heads to the mall. If New Wave is back, this isn't far behind. Maybe despite the Bush White House, we're all feeling a bit happy again, just like we were in the days of Reagan. Fuck it, let's just go dance! To quote Lousy Robot, “La, la! La, la, la, la, la!”

-- Kate Mackley

The Albuquerque Journal

It could make even the most bitter souls (i.e. music critics) embrace pop music
STRANGE BUT TRUE: I finally received the debut recording from local indie pop darlings Lousy Robot and I couldn't be happier. Titled "The Strange and True Story of Your Life," the disc glimmers with a certain late '60s pop sensibility that has been filtered through a 1984 MTV video and remanufactured by a corporation run by J Mascis.
Guitar hooks upon guitar hooks gracefully glide over tempered rhythms and understated vocals. The songs play so smoothly it's as if the group is recording while kicking back in beanbags.
With such lengthy and quirky titles as "Watercolor Sundown Everythings," "Deep Inside A Real Big Empty" and "Not So Happy With Not So Much," this release, produced by John Dufilho (The Deathray Davies), is a pair of bright headlights in an otherwise dark forest. It could make even the most bitter souls (i.e. music critics) embrace pop music wholeheartedly.


The Strange and True Story of Your Life is a breezy, well-crafted indie pop reco
New Mexicans Lousy Robot conjure a good looking ghost of indie pop's past with The Strange and True Story of Your Life . After a brief, lo fi voice and guitar opener, "Deep Inside A Real Big Empty", The Strange and True Story of Your Life kicks off in earnest with the single-worthy "Together Somehow" . Mildly fuzzy guitars, upbeat drumming and simple keyboard playing sit beneath a super catchy, bouncy vocal melody making "Together Somehow" a fine introduction to Lousy Robot. "Get Back Down" trades more in minor key melodies and 80's British college rock leanings, while "Watercolor Sundown Everythings" employs heavy reverb on the vocals to create a semi-psychedelic feel, somewhere between early REM and a more tuneful Rain Parade. The driving beat on "No Big Deal" counters the mopey vocals, which take center stage on the more atmospheric "Train Wreck". "The Day We Lied and Didn't Lied" adopts a late-60's garage rock feel, complete with handclaps and a well placed, "96 Tears"-esque organ. "Not So Happy With Not So Much" sounds like a slightly depressed Ramones song, but in a good way - there's even a "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah" background chant. The rough jangle adds to excellent Psychedelic Furs-ish vocal melody on "Flying Pizza", another standout track. The final track, "Gone", opens with some cool tremolo guitar before giving way to a tribal stomp and very mod detached vocals mumbling "And I'm Gone". The spacey, two-note guitar solo in the middle of the song and the handclap breakdown towards the end shows Lousy Robot's talent for creative arrangement and tasteful occasional use of the musical kitchen sink.

The Strange and True Story of Your Life is a breezy, well-crafted indie pop record rooted more in the fuzzy melodies of 80's college rock than the melodic bombast and experimentation of current bands like the New Pornographers and Broken Social Scene. If you still put on Chronic Town from time to time and drop the term "Paisley Underground" into conversation, check out Lousy Robot.


"...innocent, bouncy pop ..."
The Shins are from New Mexico. So is the band Lousy Robot. Two weeks ago I never heard of the ladder, but after getting a taste of their indie pop debut 'The Strange and True Story of Your Life', I had to post 'Together Somehow' on my site. It's a wonderfully catchy single that sounds like old-school REM, but better. Although Lousy Robot sounds nothing like The Shins, the innocent, bouncy pop melody is present here and makes for a sweet two minutes.