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East Coastline pop quartet the Evidence crawled out from under a rock and roll, recorded a good debut in 1980 made by the legendary John Leckie (XTC, Lilac Period), after that crawled back again under that rock and roll, never to end up being heard from again. Perhaps among the finest power pop debut albums from the ’80s, It’s Safe and sound was conceived and made by the Resistant: Tom Cohen (business lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Michael Hommel (bass, vocals), Michael Newman (acoustic guitar, vocals), and Jeff Cohen (drums). Quirky, angular, and inventive acoustic guitar riffs sandwiched by melody-enriched songwriting rubs shoulder blades with a, spirited attitude (instead of a punky attitude),creating an recording as relaxing as the 1st shower of your day. Released on Nemperor Information (home from the Romantics, Gus, and Steve Forbert), the recording didn’t have the advertising it deserved, as well as the LP and music group sank with out a trace. It could have been great to hear another recording from this clothing to start to see the path they were going in, but at least their traditional debut remains.

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