The Lines (not to be confused with the recently-reissued British post-punk group of the same name) were quite simply a product of their environment, or more precisely, era. By the time the 12" Statues ep was minted in 1981, this Long Island, NY four-piece had fully inundated themselves with the offerings of Elvis Costello, The Cars, Talking Heads and the like. Expelling such easily identified influences over the course of four songs, with considerable aplomb and competency, The Lines boast whirring synths, rythmic incisiveness, and neurotic vocal intonations. The Statues ep is excusably derivative, and moreover, lots of fun. All of these songs (plus two more) can be downloaded from The Lines website linked above, but at half the bitrate of mine and sans the nifty artwork.
03. I'll See You
The Alluring Strange "Will You Marry Me?" 1994 + "Hard On The Outside" 1993 - 7'/45rpm - Indeed, both alluring and strange. They do slow, dreamy, make-it-up-as-we-go-along pop, or straight-up rock 'n' roll.“Even though three former members swel...
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