This group is led by former Salem 66 and Green Magnet School guitarist Stephen Smith. On the first Morning Line LP, he’s joined by drummer David Shollenbarger (Agent Orange, Blood on the Saddle), and David Knupp (Joe Buck), and they remind of chunkier ‘80s bands like Smith's old Homestead labelmates Big Dipper and Windbreakers, Crippled Pilgrims, or Velvet Crush, whose Paul Chastain has a very similar voice to Smith. "“The Ugly Truth”" is even like Neil Young with R.E.M. on backing vocals. And with such experience, they play with extra power pop/indie guitar/bass/drums oomph from guys who lived the life when “my space” meant a dingy rehearsal room. Really strong record.
AllMusic Review by Jack Rabid