Virgin Stripes

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By the time of Virgin Stripes' late-'90s release, the loud/quiet grungy pop aesthetic of post-Nirvana and Weezer groups like Slowpoke had been rehashed into oblivion, putting into question the vision and value of the entire approach, no matter how well executed. Slowpoke had been around for awhile and proven their performance and songwriting abilities by developing a decent following built around the music they originally intended as accompaniment for the film projects of bandleader Dave Gibson. Joining guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Gibson on Virgin Stripes are Brent Dunham (guitars), Jerry Saracini (drums), and Corbett Guest on bass. While in no way revolutionary, the material on this release is fairly strong. Gibson's vocal work is steady, but a little too removed to be in fitting with Slowpoke's dirty guitar musical excess. Ultimately, this band's facelessness creates to much of a pop hurdle for their accomplished material to overcome. Only grunge pop completists need to search this one out.

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