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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum

February 15, 2000
Elizabeth Elmore left Champaign-Urbana a few years ago. Her band had broken up and she was transitioning into the life of a law school student. Although Elmore's initial reaction to the breakup of Sarge was to head to law school full time, the rock and roll lifestyle proved impossible to shake off completely. Elmore soon she found herself putting together a new band which quickly evolved into the Reputation. The new band, which issued its first full-length on the Initial label, has become as much of a full time operation as Sarge ever was. Since the release of its eponymous debut, the Reputation has been busy paying its dues, hitting the road in support of such diverse acts as Evan Dando, the Faint, the Anniversary, the Butchies, Local H, Thursday and Milemarker. The Reputation's schedule only gets more hectic as the days pass, with a summer tour - including dates with Juliana Hatfield, Girls Against Boys, Dismemberment Plan and a few more with Evan Dando - as precursor to a full national tour in the fall. Elmore truly loves the road, pointing out that some bands are "doing it for the wrong reasons," adding that "we're in a band to play as many shows as possible."

While the band's touring schedule has raised The Reputation's profile considerably, their album has been doing well on it's own. "So far the response has been really great," reports Elmore. "We've had really nice press in Interview Magazine, Alternative Press, CMJ, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice and Maxim Online, as well as lots of punk zines."

But why should you care? What can people expect from the Reputation that they wouldn't expect from Sarge? "Oh lord, I dunno," Elmore says searchingly. "I'd like to say 'less drunk' but that's certainly not true. I guess our experience so far is that people who liked Sarge generally tend to like this band," she went on to say, adding that "people who didn't like Sarge tend to like us better."

I then took the opportunity to toss out a couple of completely random questions to Miss Elmore.

What film could the Reputation best serve as the soundtrack for?

Elmore: It's funny - we're actually recording a song for an upcoming movie called The Kiss with Eliza Dushku ("Faith" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Billy Zane (the bad fiancÚ from Titanic), Illeana Douglas (from a zillion movies including the art teacher in Ghost World and the lead character in Grace of My Heart) and Terence Stamp from The Limey. But we're actually not a good soundtrack band for that - it's a romantic comedy and I've been strictly instructed by the director, who's a friend of mine, that I'm not allowed to write my normal "pissy" lyrics. As for what we would be a good soundtrack for, it really depends on whether you mean as a band full of personalities (in which case I'd go for any crazy, fun, heavy-drinking, 80's teen party movie) or in terms of the songs I write (in which case it'd probably be about some alternately maniacally social/pissy reclusive social group).

Would the Reputation ever write a concept album?

Elmore: There are actually 3 to 5 of them in the works currently. It's a little early to discuss details but I'll tell you they involve at least three different approaches - basically the journeys and music of... I shouldn't discuss it. The rest of the band will be mad. I'll say that three concepts are very fleshed out, two are still in the beginning stages. And actually the first concept entails recording at least 8 or 9 albums worth of material because we've already decided on the album titles...

SEE ALSO: www.reputationmusic.com

Monique LeBreau

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