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"Plain Jane Automobile 'The Collector' Album Review"

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Plain Jane Automobile
Any music lover should add "The Collector" to their collection
by Kalene McCort
Metromix Orlando
September 3, 2008
Critic's Rating:
4 1/2 out of 5
Backstory: While Plain Jane Automobile’s musical roadmap lingers back to Central Florida,
they capture a Limey sound and an across-the-pond vibe that’s undeniably infectious.
Why You Should Care: Their latest EP, The Collector, is a CD any music lover should add to
their collection. While lead singer Duke Crider’s vocals are akin to the gentlemen that front
Coldplay, Radiohead and the Killers, he possesses a unique voice drenched in emotion.
Opening track, “While They’re Watching” makes paranoia attractive.
By far the catchiest track on the album comes in “Blue Jeans,” a story about a mod hipster
lass who is as bored as she is beautiful. She sits in a corner café and has “a waiter named
Could it be, in this ode to a denim queen, the band makes a nod to the British Romantic
poet, by the first name of William, who spawned a literary movement? The shout-out to a
forefather of lit is very fitting for PJA, considering that they are making prolific poetry of
their own. Lyrics like “Sugar-coated cannon balls are heading straight for me” and “words
are carved into trees/begging their lovers not to leave” provide stunning visuals that haunt
and delight.
Whether it be an older woman in “The Collector” whose friends are “stored in boxes up on
the shelf” or that cute café chick with a coffee addiction in “Blue Jeans” who is “watching
that T.V.” and “rotting her brain” PJA’s characters blare out of speakers and settle in our
In “Whisper that You Need Me” Crider comes across as a guy pleading with a love who is
about to slip through his fingers. The result is pure melodramatic, melodic perfection.
The album closes with “Tear Yourself to Bits,” a chilling ballad that asks in a politely sung
tenor to self-destruct. I guess requests to bugger off can sound sweet when set to charming
Verdict: Plain Jane Automobile is fueled by thoughtful lyrics and accelerating jangly riffs,
pounding percussion and booming bass that will make listeners want to dance and
X-Factor: Back in 2005, PJA took home the grand prize at the Disc Makers Independent
Showcase. They have shared the stage with indie rockers, turned treadmill hoppers, OK Go.
PJA’s songs “Blue Jeans” and “Close My Eyes” were featured on SBK: 7 Superbike World
Championship Soundtrack. - Metromix Orlando- Kalene McCort


Plain Jane Automobile - Self Titled EP - 2006
The Collector - Full Length Album - 2008


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ORLANDO, FL – The story of Plain Jane Automobile (PJA) began to unfold after their grand-prize win of the 2005 DiscMakers Independent Showcase. Hand picked among a series of bands by major A&R reps from Billboard and Taxi, PJA earned the awarded title of ‘Best Unsigned Band in the Southeast’. In late April 2006, and shortly after the release of PJA’s self-titled EP, Orlando’s O-ROCK 105.9 (WOCL), added the band’s song ‘Close My Eyes’ to its play list. It was the first time in the station’s history that an unsigned artist had been added. The song, in medium to heavy rotation for several months, received strong call-out numbers with a 75- to 85-percent return per call out. PJA’s strong radio and local following grabbed the attention of agent Jeff Howard of Agency for the Performing Arts (APA). Howard signed the band in Summer 2006. Throughout 2006 and 2007, PJA toured the Southeast extensively supporting Athlete, AutoVaughn, Blue October, Hard Fi, Luna Halo, MUTE MATH and Plain White T’s. Summer 2008, PJA will release its first full-length album, which was produced by Pete Thornton (Paramore and Between the Trees). Soon after the release date, the band will set off on 3-month tour as opening act for OURS.