After their critically acclaimed cassette label debut (Karen is Sharon out of band member Claire Nielson’s prolific Rare Plant label) and their ever increasing gig support, Madison, Wisconsin four piece Proud Parents were picked up by the long standing Dirtnap Records label.
The second added nuance provided is a sense of glorious immaturity. With Proud Parents this is not the sort of immaturity that is often reflected in the lyrics (and dance moves) of whatever the latest boy-band is, but the more essential sort that enables music to passionately hold on to a sense of fun or at the very least recognize the fact that not taking yourself too seriously has an infinite appeal.
This band perfect this appeal superbly in tracks such as T Street Shuffle, Dead Wrong and the album’s true stand out Flavordust. Such tracks juxtapose the bratty, immature, boisterous and sometimes unhinged appeal of garage-poppers of yesteryear such as The Muffs and The Donnas, to the perfectly contrived disjointed imperfections of Violent Femmes, whilst always just about managing to keep the sound within the extended confines of all things garage-pop.