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Imagine Pavement and Cub are out on a blind date when Bratmobile shows up and causes a scene, and you get close to the sound of Seattle's Tullycraft. The band is a riot of infectious, insolent, "I told you so" pop energy that's so annoying you've got to love 'em. After forming from the ashes of the short-lived twee-punk outfit Crayon, Tullycraft notched an immediate underground smash with their twitchy, indie rock culture-skewering classic, "Pop Songs Your New Boyfriend?s Too Stupid to Know About," which appeared on the trio's 1996 Harriet Records debut Old Traditions, New Standards (which Darla reissued in 2000). This inspired exercise in pure snottiness set the tone for the alarming cuteness and maniacal catchiness of Tullycraft's future work.

Much of this came in the form of singles, compilation tracks, and splits with the likes of Bunnygrunt, which Darla collected on 1999's Tullycraft: The Singles. But in 1998 Tullycraft returned with their second LP, City of Subarus, which revisited the caustic humor and fuzzy hooks of their debut. In 2002 the bratty bunch returned with album number three and maybe the best so far, Beat Surf Fun (Magic Marker), which opens with "Twee," another hilarious cataloguing of indie rock iconography (featuring the memorable chorus "You can keep your punk rock, ska, rap beats, and house, fuck me, I'm twee!") that could be thought of as a more self-mocking reprise of "Pop Songs" (Tullycraft being about as twee as can be). The album continues in patented Tullycraft fashion, mixing thin percussion, needling guitars, fuzzy keyboards, and adenoidal, uncomfortably intimate vocals on subjects ranging the magic of the bikini to the kind of self-conscious indie arcana that has become T-Craft's stock-in-trade (e.g. college radio and why Orange Cake Mix sucks).

Tullycraft plays bubblegum pop, but it's that hard, gluey sort of bubblegum, the kind that gets stuck in a back molar, requiring major dental work. Their songs are so wickedly catchy, they?ve got to be bad for you.

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