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Cliff Notes

by The Treading Lemmings

This group's own flavor of American Brit-pop borrows from the Brit-pop back catalog, yet clearly exerts its own identity. There is plenty of intelligence, melody, crunch and jangle for all.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Tempest In A Trousseau
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2. A Roar From Boring Alice
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3. Trial of the Century
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4. The Unbelievable Truth
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5. All At Sea
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6. How Green Was My Envy?
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7. All She Wrote
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8. The Very Thing
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9. Prostitution With A Twist
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10. Talula Does The Hula
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11. Comeuppance
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Album Notes
Front-man Chris Quinn cites influences such as The Auteurs, The Smiths and Scotland’s criminally underrated Trashcan Sinatras. Mr. Quinn, a connoisseur of melodic British pop music, has even been known to jump the pond for his aural fix. During the `90s, he travelled to see England’s The Dentists. He attended three consecutive London shows of the recent Mott The Hoople reunion. Never as dour as Morrissey, or as cryptic as Luke Haines of the Auteurs, Quinn’s thought-provoking lyrics are frequently observations on the human condition and contemporary mores.

Forever destined to have multiple Andys in the group (there have been five), the current incarnation of the Treading Lemmings has the duel guitar force of Rickenbacker guitar-toting R. Andrew Hunt “Ricky” and Fender-slinging Andrew “Andj” Stainer. Ricky provides the backbone of the guitar onslaught. One might say that Ricky’s style pays homage to Pete Townshend. Andj tends to lean more toward the lead guitar side of the equation, with emphasis on melodic solos that are short, sweet and to the point. The two guitarists inter-mesh beautifully without becoming muddled or indistinct. Between the two, there's a great blend of "jangle" and "crunch" for fans of both.

The band is rounded out by the dynamic rhythm section of Marc “Mr. Marc” Roulier on bass guitar and Joe “Zad” Szadkowski on drums. Joe’s drumming is both musical and powerful with a decided nod to Keith Moon, while Marc’s propelling bass style echoes late `70s, early `80s rock, punk, and the earliest new wave music.

Cliff Notes was produced by award-winning, Washington, D.C., area producer Marco Delmar. The Treading Lemmings were voted one of the best of 2009 on and have opened for such groups as The Futureheads, The Trashcan Sinatras and The Like .



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Kirk Gauthier

A Stunning Debut by Rockville, MD's Alt. Pop Rockers
The most unfortunatey part about my recent discovery of the Treading Lemmings is that they had already broken up by the time I bought my first record. I had stumbled across their last release, the fantastic EP "Flotsam," at my local record store a year or so past and finally decided to give it a shot. I was so blown away that I simply HAD to pick up their debut release, "Cliff Notes," and believe me when I tell you the Lemmings did NOT disappoint. Where "Flotsam" borrows its influences from a wide range of '80s and '90s Brit Pop artists, "Cliff Notes" is grounded firmly in a very Smiths-esque sound (albeit with a harder edge).

The album opens with one of the best hat tricks I've heard in a long time (if not ever) with "Tempest in a Trousseau," "A Roar from Boring Alice," and "Trial of the Century." "The Unbelievable Truth" is another excellent song, and it rolls perfectly into "All at Sea," which slows the pace down a little and is quite the little pop gem. Then the albums gets revved back up with "How Green Was My Envy?" and carries the tempo over into "All She Wrote." "The Very Thing" slows the pace down once again before jumping into "Prostitution with a Twist" (my least favorite song on the album), "Talula Does the Hula," and "Comeuppance" (another excellent song). The album was produced and mixed by the legendary Marco Delmar and truly is a beautiful piece of work. The flow and pace of each song is so beautifully put together that it feels seemless, and you only notice it's over when no more music is coming out of your stereo speakers.

Do yourself a favor: buy this album. Sadly, the Lemmings are currently defunct, but that shouldn't deter you from enjoying the music they've given to us. If you enjoy alt. pop/Brit pop from the '80s and '90s, this album should already be in your collection. It's okay if it's not, just do yourself a favor and rectify your mistake. And don't forget to KEEP ON TREADING!