Singles Only 7” Box Set
(Modern Action Records)
In the dozen or so years that Seattle power pop/punks The Briefs have been around, they have always maintained a position just under the radar, on the zenith of fave cult band status and just one influential fan away from making it big. And why not? Without an ounce of compromise, they play incredibly catchy melodic pop/punk rock that stays with you days after you’ve lifted the needle off the vinyl. You can easily hear a song like “Stuck on You” or “Like a Heart Attack” playing in the back of an iPod commercial.
Well, one of the beauties of the band still residing on an indie label (in this case, the incredibly cool Modern Action Records) and not guest judging on The Voice, is that they have the freedom to put out a spectacular issue like the Singles Only 7” Box Set. The collection comes with five 7-inch records (including the songs mentioned above and many others, like an unforgettable cover of “Come Dancing”), a six-song cassette containing their unreleased demo from 1999, an 11 x 17 promo record release poster, and a ton of other very cool shit that a major label would never even consider giving you (even if you bought the Exclusive Target Version!). The label is putting out 700 versions on black vinyl and 150 on white.
Shortly after the band’s first release it was widely speculated that Interscope almost signed them, but for whatever reason the deal fell apart. Well fuck ’em! We still have a great band all to ourselves… at least for a little while longer.
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