Angeles Times
December 1, 2005
Sept. 18, 2005
The 88 The Los Angeles band’s second album, “Over and Over,”
comes out this week, and it confirms that the power pop-prodigy has the
mix of heart and craft that can yield great rock. There’s some Beach Boys
buoyancy and a less-manic variation on Hot Hot Heat’s effervescence in the
album, which revels in the old-fashioned notion that a little pop record
can be as grand as a cathedral. – Richard Cromelin
July 5, 2005
by Chris Gaither
The five members of the 88, an independent rock band from Los Angeles, thought
a single on “The OC’s” soundtrack and a performance on Jimmy Kimmel
Live” would win them fans. They were right. But the fans didn’t share
much of that love until the 88 hit MySpace.com
The Popular online hangout featured the band on its front page, where the 20
million members sign in. The 88’s songs were streamed to users’ computers
nearly 70,000 times last month, and 17,000 people added the band to their
list of friends. As word spread around the website, hundreds of messages
a day – example: “u kids rock like madd” – began pouring in from
places as distant as Malaysia.
“There were a lot of people who had never heard of us before,” said the 88
pianist Adam Merrin. “It was a great way to build anticipation for
our upcoming record.”