'A pseudo-transcendental look at pop-rock and it's inefficiencies... a good collection of songs that show off a young man's talented chops.' Smother Magazine After growing up in Arizona, Paul Kerschen got a graduate degree in literature and moved around the country, writing and performing eclectic, angular songs about love, loss, and imperialism. He has since settled in Berkeley, where he writes fiction and continues to assemble records, when so moved. This sonic leap forward from The Mozart Club, Kerschen's 2003 debut, finds him working with cleaner production and more varied instrumentation, including piano, strings, horns, and a lot of loud electric guitar. Elvis Costello remains an influence, as do the later, lusher Elliott Smith records, but the stylistic spectrum is very broad, ranging from the trashy cabaret of 'Cellophane Sue' to the thrashy punk of 'Cliche.' Assured songwriting and musicianship ties it all together.