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Guess Work

by Blues Lawyer

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Unstable 01:39
Waste 01:02
Charity Case 02:18
Indoor Kids 01:46
Turf 01:16
27th St. 02:34
Pretend 02:23
I Tried 03:10


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"...borrows from the nervous and tense jangle of the FEELIES, the subtly melancholic hooks of Flying Nun’s Dunedin faction, and perhaps most of all, the scrappy and lovelorn guy/gal harmonies of the VASELINES, all while grappling with the realities of daily life and romance in a modern world where hyper-connectivity only seems to result in greater alienation from one another."

- Erika Elizabeth / Maximum Rocknroll

"Tales of love, crushes, and infatuation gone south presented via a mix of Messthetics and Flying Nun sounds at their best. Honest poetry of frustration and heartbreak that even the most emotionally cold can relate to—in the dark and alone of course. “Pretend” embodies that with: “I saw you in the street light, waiting on a car, you were right in front of me, but never seemed so far.” Through all of this, musically and lyrically, there is a sublime quality that can not be denied."

– Matt Average // Razorcake

"Rob I. Miller (Mall Walk), Elyse Schrock (The World), Alejandra Alcala (Preening), and Nic Russo (aka Dick Stusso) hail from Oakland but are neck-deep in UK minimalist punk (think Pink Flag-era Wire), post-punk (a la early Television Personalities), and a guy-gal bruised feelings-frustrated romance feel (the Vaselines citation is right on the money). This lean set (ten songs in 20 minutes) is a gem with some sneakily sharp guitar (in addition to the indefatigable jangle-strum), clever sequencing (with the three-punch combo of “Turf,” “27th St.,” and the inner-pain-of-the-perennially-overlooked gem “Real Cool Guy” helping shape the second half), plus a killer culminating detour in “I Tried.” A lark, but one destined for classic status."

- Joseph Neff // The Vinyl District

"It’s like Ought just decided to write straightforward hits with a heavier dosage of pop sensibility."

- Nathan Lankford // Austin Town Hall

"...harks back to the halcyon days of indie pop when songs were short, attitudes were sharp and music was more about art than commerce."

- The Devil Has The Best Tuna

"...instant earworms in under two minutes."

- The Grey Estates

"Turn off your cellular data and take this record for a walk in the park, you’re guaranteed to feel a little less unstable."

- Ally-Jane Grossan // bandcamp daily


released April 23, 2018

All songs written by Rob I. Miller except, “I Tried” by Elyse Schrock and Rob I. Miller
Recorded by Andrew Oswald at Secret Bathroom in Oakland, CA
Mastered by John McBain


Elyse Schrock: Drums, Vocals
Rob I. Miller: Vocals, Guitar
Alejandra Alcala: Bass
Nic Russo: Guitar

*James H. Miller contributed bass and backing vocals to tracks 1-5.

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Vacant Stare Records Oakland, California

Micro-label specializing in debut releases from Oakland-based artists. Est. 2014.

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