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Fluke Starbucker

These four transplanted Minnesotans play noise-driven pop punk anthems in the tradition of indie pioneers like Fugazi and Sebadoh. You might also detect shades of North Carolina rock (Superchunk, Archers of Loaf), and a dose of D.C.'s Jawbox. The band's strongest suit is Ted Nesseth's clean, precise guitar work, which ranges from delicate introspection to seething walls of sound. Nesseth's unpredictable caterwauling recalls Pavement's Stephen Malkmus minus the cynicism, a perfect complement to the band's noisy-niceaural aesthetic.

"Hooker at Sea," the title track of Fluke's second full-length and one of the selections available for download here, is a veritable indie symphony full of abrupt tempo changes, dissonant guitar noise, and angsty, nervous vocals. "Senseless Beauty" is a warped love anthem, two and a half minutes of explosive emotion fueled by a catchy pop hook. The album was engineered and mixed by Bob Weston (engineer extraordinaire and bass player for Shellac).

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