Alternative Press - Feb 2011 issue:
Lemuria - Pebble (Bridge 9 Records)
"Even the biggest Lemuria fan might not be in a hurry for the band to grow up. Since 2005, the coed pop-punk trio have been releasing scruffy, scrappy records that feel as oozing and raw as skinned knees and first kisses. But the band's songwriters—guitarist/vocalist Sheena Ozzella and drummer/vocalist Alex Kerns—have always sounded like old souls, singing about world-weary heartache in the sugary voices of adolescence. On their new album, Pebble, Lemuria have finally cut themselves totally open to count their rings—and as it turns out, they're even older than anyone might have guessed. Displaying scars and bruises like blue ribbons, "Wise People" and "Bloomer" wed harrowing confessionals to churning, catchy riffs with just a hint of math rock. J. Robbins’ production is a big plus; backed by a sound that's huge and heavy yet crystal clear, the band are allowed to unleash their inner ’90s indie-rock kid while tackling mature issues like on-the-road jealousy—even if it's done with a mix of brattiness and tender empathy. On Pebble, Lemuria pull off something precious and even important: turning a routine growth spurt into an utterly heart-piercing piece of pure catharsis."
We are headed toward St. Louis right now. The shows have been great. Thank you to everybody who has been supportive. Gary Gas Hands is doing great with his new little friend, the trailer. I think we are going to try to go to the City Museum today!