Clock Doesn't Stop
'On Wednesday, Nov. 29, power-pop visionaries Matt Fisher AND THE TELEPHONE JUNKIES released their first full-length LP, 'The Clock Doesn't Stop.' With a massive local following, a packed touring schedule, including stops at Kenny's Castaways in Manhattan and a weekly residency at The Gateway), The Junkies may just harness the momentum they need to harvest the attention of a record label or two. It's pure logistics, Islanders. Band records LP. Band tours supporting LP. Band creates buzz. Record labels swarm like bees to honey. It could happen. While Fisher and Company's aesthetic has been frequently compared to the confectionary pop of melody makers like Elvis Costello and Ben Folds, such cheerful, marginal assessments belie Fisher's lyrical sophistication (listen to the record and you'll hear a young man coming of age), and guitar acrobatics. Make no mistake: Fisher is a unique talent; both schooled in the Top 40 craft of refrain-heavy songwriting, and able to trade licks with guitarists twice his age.' --Joe Master, Asbury Park Press 'Quite accurately, the band describes it's sound as 'the three-way lovechild of Elvis Costello, Ben Folds and Weezer.' In the way of an introduction to a song called 'Think It Through,' Fisher warned the crowd, 'Hope you all like jazz, reggae, rock and punk.' (Perhaps he should have added, 'Hope you don't mind the sensation of gooseflesh on every square inch of your body.') The song's intensity built to the apparent climax and then just...kept...climbing.' --Victoria Ford, Entertainment Editor, The Sandpaper.