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Reviews for Solipsism:
"Ah, fellow Dukes of Stratosphear heads! I was very happy to see them as your first influence. I really appreciate what you are all doing. Your recordings are imaginative and well executed. ‘Act 2 Scene 3’ - is very Colin Moulding-esque. I like it, although I think ‘Compromise’ is my favorite track. Keep up the good work!”
Chris Manning (Jellyfish)
"This criminally overlooked band from Australia has been rightly described as "like Crowded House being bent over the bar by XTC." The band is represented by imaginative animated-style characters (they have a comic strip posted on myspace regularly) and has a combination of influences old and new bathed in sugary sweet pop. It's almost like discovering The Wiggles, except it's for adults.
Opening with the commercially viable pop of "Big Celebrity," it shifts into "Skylarking" mode with "If You'll Be My Adam" with multiple melodic twists and layered choral effects it makes an excellent single. "When She's Got Her Blackboots" is another winner and invites comparisons to those Finn brothers. Guitarist/vocalist Stanton has a soothing vocal on "One Million Shirts" that proves to be a brilliant melodic ballad. The dramatic harmonies on "Act 2 Scene 3" are a treat as well. The quality of the songwriting flirts with novelty at times ("She's So Rude") or even sixties parody ("Didn't Know Dumb") but never fails to get your toe tapping. The title, "Solipsism" is the philosophical idea that only one's own mind is sure to exist. Here is an album that proves great power pop exists too."
"What a stunning piece of work this is! I am very, very impressed! Memorable tunes, wonderful vocals, crisp production... a well crafted disc of excellence in my book!"
"WOW!!! XTC ALERT!!! Psych-pop folk glam baroque'n'roll one-man band from Sydney Australia that lives in a cartoon strip (check out their MySpace page). Contained here is a first-rate heady cocktail of the Beatles, the Kinks, the Move, and the Easybeats with a twist of Ziggy Stardust and Lou Reed and the melodic flair of Jellyfish and the Divine Comedy."
Kool Kat Records
"This Aussie band is adept at channeling the “ghosts” of David Bowie, XTC and Crowded House. With cartoon characters and tongue-in-cheek humor, Skeleton Staff aim to tickle your funny bone whilst delivering classic pop hi-jinks. So melodies are paramount, with jaunty rhythms a top priority. Will definitely put a smile on your face. Highlights – If You’ll Be My Adam, One Million Shirtsleeves, Compromise."
Blurborama - The Power of Pop
One of the Stronger releases of 2010!
‘Like crowded house being bent over the bar by XTC’
‘In the glam rock war between Bolan and Bowie, the winner is Skeleton Staff’
‘The Spiders from Mars on paper’
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