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by The Treading Lemmings

Melodic, guitar-centric rock with thoughtful lyrics and compelling vocal hooks.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Our Little Kismet
4:21 $0.99
2. Goodnight Moon
4:43 $0.99
3. Let Guilt Be Your Umbrella
3:46 $0.99
4. Mouth to Mouth
2:41 $0.99
5. Doing Time On Placid Drive
5:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
Our their latest project, "Flotsam", The Treading Lemmings serve up five delicious new tunes. Much more akin to a fine dining experience than a to trip to the local diner ;"Flotsam" provides depth, complexity, sweetness at times, and occasional bitterness for balance. With the typical lyrical finesse of Christopher Quinn, this project was also spiced up by some special guests: Nashville fiddle ace, Kurt Baumer, on "Goodnight Moon," and arrangement help by the Dentists' (seminal 90s Brit-pop) Bob Collins on "Doing Time On Placid Drive."



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Kirk Gauthier

A Surprising EP from Indie Band the Treading Lemmings!
Their Facebook page says it all: "We ARE American Brit-Pop!" Though clearly borrowing from decades of Brit-Pop back catalog, the Treading Lemmings are far and large their own entity. Just one play, and you can clearly hear the bands that influenced their sound. And yet there is something about the Lemmings that is unique, something that makes them stand out amongst all their influences.

Truth be told, I happened upon this EP by accident. I was browsing the shelves of my local record store when I came across Flotsam and became intrigued when I saw the sticker on it that said "local artist." The band hails from Rockville, MD, and so, after some deliberation, I decided to give it a try. When I put the record onto my turntable, I quickly realized I'd gotten my money's worth. I was blown away by their use of more than the standard guitar/bass/drums set-up of most bands, especially the inclusion of the fiddle by Kurt Baumer on the song "Goodnight Moon." The use of strings and other instruments not commonly heard on a rock record was rather refreshing.

Side 1 has the more rock-oriented songs. "Our Little Kismet" is definitely the stronger of the two songs and has a killer guitar break towards the end of the song. In my opinion, in spite of the lovely fiddle added to the mix, "Goodnight Moon" is the weakest track on the EP, though that's not really saying much; all of the songs on this record are quite excellent. Side 2 is more pop-oriented and has the true gems. "Let Guilt Be Your Umbrella" is a very, very strong song and would make an excellent lead single. It's very radio-friendly and shapes the band's sound beautifully. "Mouth to Mouth" has a strong power pop vibe to it and reminds me of Billy Idol, which is never a bad thing in any circumstance. It's just a fun song. Lastly, "Doing Time on Placid Drive" closes out the EP and is my favorite song. If "Let Guilt Be Your Umbrella" is the lead single, this is the obvious follow-up.

All in all, this EP earned its five-star review. Sadly, this may very well be the last-ever release from this truly outstanding band. Regardless, do yourself a favor and get this record. And, if you like it, check out the Treading Lemmings's full-length release, Cliff Notes. Put it on repeat and keep on treading!