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The Tripwires: Drawing A Blank

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From the album House To House on Spark And Shine Records

House to House It is hardly surprising that the Tripwires have leapt to the very forefront of Seattle’s burgeoning power pop ‘n’ roll scene, for this is indeed a quartet of considerable pedigree and startling showmanship. Leader John Ramberg wears red pants and sings in a voice reminiscent of his mentors, Sam Cooke and Pete Ham. In a Rambergian world story and melody are as inseparable as chicken and waffles. I have believed for years that John is the world’s most under-rated songwriter, and this latest Tripwires effort is yet another horn o’ plenty bursting with compositional genius, adding to the considerable catalog of published gems from previous bands the Model Rockets and Stumpy Joe. You may also recognize John’s B-Bender pyrotechnics from his long-standing role as lead guitarist in the Minus 5, a group that certainly needs no introduction, nor deserves one. [IODA]

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