Cute Lepers
"August 17, 2008"

Harpers Ferry
Allston, MA

The Cute Lepers, an eclectic and extremely interesting looking six piece power pop band from Seattle Washington, played an incredibly high energy set at Harpers Ferry in Allston, MA, on August 17th as part of their US tour which will culminate with the Wild Weekend Power Pop Festival in Austin, TX, August 29 and 30th.

Playing their chart climbing single "Terminal Boredom" off their Blackheart Records debut album "Can't Stand Modern Music," released June 24th, The Cute Lepers performed "Cool City," "It's Summertime, Baby" and "Modern Pests," to name a few of their songs chalk full of riveting power chords, pop hooks and lots of retro punk. Watching Cute Lepers front man, Steve E. Nix's electrified and breathless performance of the fastest music I've ever seen performed live kind of reminded me of a super sonic version of my beloved B-52's main man, Fred Schneider. I loved the soft contrast of the all-female back up vocalists with their chorus of "ah's" complete with dancing, hand clapping and tambourines. "So Screwed Up," a fast, driving dance number with an excellent bass solo had the attentive crowd bopping along to the music. The Cute Lepers' note bending vocals and entwined guitar riffs is at its essence the purest of power pop and is by far the best new party band I've heard all summer. I could have listened to them all night.

On tour with The Cute Lepers were Washington band Avenue Rose and California band The Power Chords. Also opening Monday night was local Boston band The Throwaways.