Lemuria tour the US with Punk Idols

Lemuria is guitarist/vocalist Sheena Ozzella, bassist Jason Draper, and drummer/vocalist Alex Kerns. The band formed in 2004 and, in true DIY fashion, self-released several EPs and 7”s over the past few years. In 2006, they released a split LP with Kind of Like Spitting, which was released on Art of the Underground, a record label/distro run by drummer Alex. They’ve also done a 5-week tour of Europe and generally tour around the States 4-5 months out of the year. This April they are doing a mini tour of Puerto Rico. Seriously…the band has been keeping busy.

Get Better consists of tight melodic punk songs, led by vocals provided from each member, though mostly from Sheena. Their sound has been compared to Superchunk, Discount, and Jawbreaker, while their list of influences includes the Lemonheads and Husker Du. Bust magazine reports that Get Better is “oh so satisfying” while Skyscraper predicts that “these D.I.Y. darlings will be on the tip of a lot of people’s tongues in the coming year.”

The Buffalo-based indie pop/punk trio Lemuria is releasing their first full length LP, Get Better, on Asian Man Records.

Previous praise for Lemuria:

Alternative Press
Lemuria – Get Better
By: Annie Zaleski

Get Better by listening to this record.
Rating: 4.5 / 5

If Sassy still existed today, Lemuria would easily earn a spot in the magazine’s “Cute Band Alert” column. The Buffalo, New York, trio’s full-length debut, Get Better, feels like an undiscovered ’90s indie-rock gem. Grungy power-pop guitars swirl and crunch on “Dogs,” “Buzz” and the standout “Mechanical” (think the Lemonheads, Superchunk, Hum and Velocity Girl) while vocalist/guitarist Sheena Ozzella is Lemuria’s biggest asset: She can coo with aching vulnerability (the long-distance-romance lament “Length Away”; the gender-bending slow-chug “Lipstick”) or unleash sly zings (“I’m not like you, I get comfortable”) while still sounding like the artsy daydreamer next door. A few lyrics are awkwardly phrased (and Kerns’ vocal contributions can sound flat or nasal) but these are mere quibbles: Better is for anyone who longs for the days when baby-doll barrettes, photocopied zines and riotous girl-pop ruled the underground.

Author: James McQuiston

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