The Van Pelt | Bielefeld @ AJZ | Nov 26 1997
Doesn’t cut much deeper than this for me. Chris Leo was a great friend and advisor during my high school years (1993-1997), and when I’m honest with myself I admit that that the Van Pelt’s sound (and Chris’ lyrical/vocal style) was massively important in my thinking, hearing and playing. (My first real “punk” band, semi-finals, was particularly indebted to the talk-sing/big-bottom strategy employed in the first track here.) This really, really takes me back. ‘God, I stole a lot of moves from this guy, but never came close to anything this rad. I must’ve seen this band 20 times in those 4 years.