"Spread The Love" CDEP
Happy Birthday To Me
Genres: indie pop, psych-pop
PO Box 1035
Panama City, FL 32402
Feb 24 - Mar 2 2003
the story goes, 63 Crayons was formed in 1999 by Charlie, who
decided to record a few psychedelic pop numbers on a four-track
borrowed from Suzanne. Soon after, his friends Ben, Michelle,
Marty, and Suzanne decided they wanted to help out, and thus the band
was formed. After a self-released EP, the Happy Happy Birthday
To Me label became interested in their sound and asked them to record
an EP for them. Spread The Love was the result.
With each copy painstakingly hand-crayoned, Spread The Love
is a decidedly lo-fi affair. The recording quality is far from
perfect, and the balance between the instruments and vocals is
sometimes off, but altogether the sound is an endearing one, with the
darling pop melodies coming through perfectly.
The EP starts off with "Take A Vacation," which is a
jumpy, snappy tune that kind of sounds like a soundtrack to a peppy
road-trip movie. Its simple melody works its way into your brain
quickly, and humming along is involuntary. "Powerlines,"
perhaps the EP's best moment, follows immediately after.
Insanely infectious, the tune rolls by in a gust of happy-go-lucky
keyboards, cute guitars, silly sound effects, and lovely vocals.
It's a happy, friendly tune that's sure to plant a smile on just about
"Emma Peel" and "Ben S. Pipes" then pass by in
a kooky whirlwind of smiles, the latter of which is a playful tune
that any indie pop fan would die for (think Olivia Tremor Control).
After this we're treated to "Cool Cat," a joyful
instrumental filled with well-written guitar melodies and a nice
psych-y feel. "Blue and Red" then finishes it all off
as a warm, hummable tune with some really nice female vocals.
Altogether, Spread The Love is a very promising EP that's
really getting me excited about 63 Crayons' upcoming
full-length. Recommended for indie poppers and psychedelia fans
6 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2003]