That a band so amazing was so ignored is still a mystery to me. I think they were one of those bands that were truly ahead of their time. At some point in the future there is going to be a new band that sounds like this and people are going to flip out. The sound is just too perfect. It can't go away. It will continue floating around in the ether, waiting to be picked up by someone. That is just what they sound like: an alien radio signal from an ancient oldies station, searching for an audience.
This is my long way of saying, "Go buy some Rock*A*Teens records." ~AC Newman for RollingStone.com
Visit the Merge store to find The Rock*A*Teens and while you are there, check out frontman Chris Lopez' post-R*A*Ts project Tenement Halls. Also available in the Merge store,The Shins and The New Pornographers covered songs by Chris Lopez on SCORE! 20 Years of Merge Records: The Covers!