"...StretfordShort Circuit (Plan B) A lot can happen in a decade. A bong-sucking college freshman circa 1990 could be a personal-injury lawyer on the back of some phone book by now..."
"...Carl Normal, frontman of popular Nineties punk-poppers Stretford, was determined to avoid the reunion bug at all costs after the band called it quits in late 2000. "I was the most resistant, but every time I'd go out, people would say, 'We want to see Stretford again,'" he says..."
"...Brown Whörnet's post-punk freakouts would be rendered limp without their horns' cacophonous punch, while Allyson Lipkin's stylings inject a cautious layer of cool into the chameleonic Deep Sombreros. Hard-rock kings Vallejo and Pushmonkey have been known to toot a little trumpet between power chords, Retarted Elf recently resurfaced with its horn-driven hip-hop metal, and Stretford's gleaming pop-punk choruses have been brass-polished since the long-running local band started up..."
"...As a product of both the UT School of Music and the local underground rock scene, Tosca cellist Sara Nelson has watched these developments from a dual perspective. She's the only person in town who can claim to have played with both Pavarotti and local pop-punks Stretford..."
"..."Looks like it's all going down for us Brit punks this year," mourns Stretford's Carl Normal. He had informed me over the weekend that his longtime band was calling it quits after the three shows they currently have scheduled (including this Friday at Room 710 with the Dead End Cruisers and the Applicators), and immediately after, he got a call informing him that the Cruisers had broken up as well during their current West Coast tour..."
"...It's been too long since local pop/punk stalwarts in Stretford committed themselves to vinyl. Although we're still waiting on their second full-length, Long Distance, the new three-song Vice EP (Framed!) ends the dry spell with panache..."
"...It's the 50,000-strong college populace - one of the largest in the country, mind you - that I blame for not coming to the rescue. Shouldn't we have a thriving college scene that reflects the pop that was borne of college radio (and then promptly shoved onto alternative and now mainstream radio)? The bleating herds trip over themselves to buy records from Matthew Sweet, Green Day, the Offspring, or Nirvana, yet they studiously avoid live shows from Cotton Mather, Magneto USA, Stretford or Spoon..."
"...Stretford's Carl Sephton needs your help. The 51-year-old leader of Austin's favorite Brit-punk band, a Buzzcocks-influenced gang that were local favorites throughout the Nineties, has been physically decimated by stomach-related health problems, but hopes to turn it around with a new medical treatment regimen..."
"...His longtime girlfriend, comic Jana Williams, asked that we pass this sad news on to Chron readers. Then there's former Stretford leader Carl Normal, who was recently hospitalized not once but twice for complications arising from an emergency (and uninsured) appendectomy..."
"...Those poor Stretford bastards can't win. With that new album finally out, the band hasn't even been able to play since SXSW while waiting for their sax player to recover from minor surgery..."
"...Next up for Framed! is the long-awaited sophomore album from Stretford, Long Distance, which Magilow plans to have out by the end of September. And for the vinyl purist, Framed! is also releasing a three-song 7-inch from Stretford to coincide with the album...."
"...It's been a long time, but Stretford is getting to release Long Distance, a new album on a new label. In fact, the label is so new it doesn't even have a name yet..."
"...HI-FIVES, STRETFORD, KISS-OFFS..."
"...Keep it or spike it? Javelin Boot, and Cling open. Dick Tingler's Karaoke at 8pm. STRETFORD, PORK, MISS UNIVERSE Hole in the Wall, Saturday 13 Who has the best three-band bills in town? Hole in the Wall, that's who. You've seen these local bands a hundred times before -- Carl Normal and Stretford's brittle pop, Pork and their lo-fi punk, and Miss Universe's amalgamation of pop and punk -- but when you put them all together on one bill, there's hardly a better line-up in town on a Saturday night -- or any night, really..."
"...UNCLEAN: After the recent release of Stretford's Crossing the Line, Unclean's Roger Morgan says he'll be keeping busy with new 7-inch releases from Big Drag and the Drop Outs as well as two more 7-inchers that will advance new records from N.O.T.A and the Sons of Hercules due out early next year. In addition, Unclean's is currently readying release of a compilation that features 15 bands for $5, and will collect many of the label's singles and a few album tracks from artists like Blind Willie's Johnson, the Cherubs, and the Inhalants..."
"...Yabba dabba do. LYLE LOVETT & HIS LARGE BAND Backyard, Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 Last couple of runs through town, Lyle Lovett has played the smallish Paramount and the larger Bass Concert Hall, and in both cases the shows have sold-out quicker than you can say Julia who? Still, plenty of tickets left to these two shows at the Backyard, so if you still haven't heard about how sensitive penguins are and that fat babies have no pride, here's your chance. MAGNETO USA, STRETFORD, EARTHPIG & FIRE Hole in the Wall, Wednesday 30 Pop music here in Austin? Never! Good tunes, always, especially when you're talking about Miles Zuniga and Tony Scalzo in Magneto and Carl Normal in Stretford..."
"...Performing will be the Keepers (Jesse Taylor, Ponty Bone), Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Storyville, and is that Joe Ely I see? (Look for the Ely name to be splashed around liberally in the upcoming months as his new album nears release)... The vinyl version of the Stretford album comes out next week..."
"...trio Maids of Gravity open with psychedelic rock. STRETFORD, STARFISH, THRUSH HERMITS Electric Lounge, Friday 2 Man, can it really be? After all this time? Even though I'm holding it, I don't believe it..."