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Released on April 5, 2011
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The Cute Lepers have been on an archeological dig for the past four years. They've been busy unearthing long lost punk and power pop gems, running them through their own proprietary filter and spitting them back out at high speed. Since the band's formation shortly after the the flame out of Seattle legends The Briefs (of which founding members Steve E. Nix and Steve Kicks were apart) they've released three LP's, too many singles to count on labels across two continents and toured wherever there is road to set a van down or land a plane on. For better or worse they're unstoppable!
Adventure Time is the third Cute Lepers full length, and they continue to navigate the same territory pioneered by bands like The Buzzcocks, The Beat, The Jam, and The Boys pioneered a generation before but with the quirks and crooked teeth you'd expect from two guys who used to be in The Briefs. In fact, in a huge nod from that generation, Duncan Reid of The Boys wrote the song "77" and gave it to the Lepers for this album. In addition to the usual Cute Lepers formula there are also a number of new subtle tweeks including the best saxophone use in a punk song since The Saints "Know Your Product" on opening track "Tribute To Charlie". The song itself is an ode to UK Subs frontman Charlie Harper by name and a number of other die-hards in spirit. Like the last two LP's this record is an undeniable ear worm. I defy you to not wake up tomorrow after hearing the LP without "Tribute To Charlie", "All Of This Attention Is Killing Me" or "Head Over Heels" in your head first thing.