The Lisps: Sing Along with Heartache

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  • Song: "Ann Marie"
  • Artist: The Lisps
  • CD: Country Doctor Museum
  • Genre: Rock
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The breakup at the heart of The Lisps imbues the band's music with stories of heartache, loss and (of course) drunkenness. courtesy of The Lisps hide caption

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When members of a band date each another and then break up — see: Fleetwood Mac, No Doubt and others — it's difficult for their projects to survive the romantic turmoil. Cesar Alvarez and Sammy Tunis (both singers in the Brooklyn band The Lisps) broke up in the midst of recording their first full-length album, Country Doctor Museum. But they decided to forge on, imbuing the album with stories of heartache, loss and (of course) drunkenness.

Still, the pair practically radiates chemistry in the fun sing-along "Ann Marie," while drummer Eric Farber and bassist Jeremy Hoevenaar match their energy beat for beat. The song has a kind of Magnetic Fields-esque quality to it — it would have fit nicely on that band's 69 Love Songs — making The Lisps an indie band with potential that overshadows the tenuousness of its very existence.

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