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Old Traditions, New Standards

by Tullycraft

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    Old Traditions, New Standards is probably Crayon and Tullycraft leader Sean Tollefson's best album. All 12 songs are charm-packed, hook-heavy, twee pop creations. The players are energetic, Tollefson's vocals are confident, and the songwriting presents no misfires. Pat Maley's clean, crisp production gives each song exactly the right spark and feel. With subject matter encompassing superheroes, scads of other indie bands, visits to the seashore, Dollywood, and sweetness, it's safe to say that the cuteness factor of the album is off the charts. That doesn't mean the songs don't rock out. Jangling shambolic guitars, smart arrangements, and an infectious sense of fun mark the album for twee classic status. Highlights include the tale of hang-ups and problems for "Superboy and Supergirl," the tale of young "Josie" who wants to be in a legitimate punk rock band, and "Pop Songs Your Boyfriend's Too Stupid to Know About." The latter song is about as fun as a song can be, as Tollefson tells a girl that he and she share a love for Neutral Milk Hotel and Halo Benders and that her new boyfriend can stick to Green Day and the Breeders. The song is a little valentine to indie bands and fans in the know. Tullycraft's playing is so good throughout the album that they even suggest the the Velvet Underground on "Dollywood." Delightfully fun and never overstepping its welcome, Old Traditions, New Standards is one of the best twee punk-pop albums of its time. - All Music Guide

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released March 1, 1996


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Tullycraft Seattle, Washington

Tullycraft is an indie pop band from Seattle, WA who formed in 1995. They have been associated with the genre of twee, in fact, they are considered to be one of the forefathers of the American twee pop movement alongside Black Tambourine, Tiger Trap, Honeybunch, and Beat Happening. They are renowned for their DIY ethic, only releasing records on independently owned and operated record labels. ... more

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