If feedback-driven pedal-happy guitar pop is your thing, then this is good stuff right here. As good as the a-side to this IFOJ single is, though, the one that came out before it (which I might be posting shortly) is even better. I won't bother going into which UK shoegaze bands Incredible Force of Junior might sound like, because the British stole from us, too. Still, saying they're like a West Coast version of Her Tears might not be that far off the mark, if that helps you any.
One of the things that was sorta neat about the non-PayPal 90's was when bands and labels would actually seem excited to get your five bucks in the mail. So, when I mail-ordered this record from Cher Doll/Box Dog, it came back to me stuffed with all kinds of goodies, like catalogs, inserts, and so forth. I'll be scanning and posting most of them here, even though it's a lot of stuff, because I think it's interesting to read about all the little 7" compilations and cassettes that came out back then, when people had to be told who bands like Neutral Milk Hotel and the Mountain Goats were. (As usual, you can click on the images to get a larger view, but you guys already knew that, right?.) Also, if you click on the little note I got from Nancy at Cher Doll, it'll send you to the blog she started last year called I'm Not Always This Stupid-- even though I think the blog is petering out, since there's only been a handful of posts since March.
By the way, "Walter Johnson", the song that IFOJ covers on the b-side, is originally from Jonathan Richman's unlistenable "Rockin' and Romance" LP. I'm leaving it off for good reason, because even a quality baseball reference will only get you so far.
Incredible Force of Junior -
"Stronger Than The Tides"
(this file is now listen-only)