On The Difficult Nature of Interpersonal Relationships, Oakland, CA's Run for Cover Lovers debut their good-natured style of indie rock to a national audience. After two singles and a compilation appearance, the quartet of Beulah Faye (guitar), Mike Shy (bass), Whipped Creama (organ), and Miami Duluth (drums) offers up 14 songs of fun-loving harmonies. Each bandmember sings, adding a richness to the group's already rich sound. The disc begins the focused frenzy of "Transmission Standard" and the irreverent "Romeo." When Shy takes the vocal lead, like on "Baby's Got Her Dirty Shoes On," the sound is easily comparable to Possum Dixon. The songs often thrive on a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, combining clever lyrics and focused instrumentation. On the title track, Shy again sings a confident and stylish vocal lead. That song is followed by the relaxed, country-tinged "Take Me." The organ-filled pop sound returns on "The Cute Cook From the Homemade Café." The variety of sounds on The Difficult Nature of Interpersonal Relationships is what really makes it work. The album was recorded at Kingtone Studio in Berkeley, CA.
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