Melding the pop power of '70s groups like Cheap Trick with the snark of '80s alternative bands like the Replacements, Ultimate Fakebook play a brand of emo pop that resulted in a couple of under-the-radar classic albums. Neither 1999's This Will Be Laughing Week nor 2002's Open Up and Say Awesome made much of a splash at the time, but their charms proved long lasting, and when the trio reunited in 2020 for The Preserving Machine, their skills were undiminished. The band formed in 1994 in the town of Manhattan, Kansas when the duo of guitarist/vocalist Bill McShane and bassist Nick Colby hooked up with drummer Eric Melin of Truck Stop Love and began playing shows around town. They recorded a six-song cassette titled Visitors from the Sky soon after forming and continued honing their power trio sound to a fine point. By the time they ...
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