Wallpaper: On The Chewing Gum Ground
Keeping a steady sneer but subtracting angst and teenage romanticism Wallpaper on their debut album On the Chewing Gum Ground captures the modern era that they ostentatiously do not feel a part of. Wallpaper’s core members started working on music together in middle school, and On the Chewing Gum Ground represents much of their adult work over the past four years. Hailing from Auburn, Washington ? a place just close enough to the ocean to make weekend trips and understand what the Beach Boys are about ? they mix ?50s rockabilly and ’60s surf mixed with the crucial wave of ?80s underground music. The strength allure of the album comes in the juxtaposition of pop sensibilities with lyrics sung like a sliding shimmy but written with a call for a pop-cultural reform.