Named for the soft-hearted ex-hippie schoolteacher on Beavis & Butt-head, Van Dreissen have a jokiness about them that's similar to that of the TV program from which they swiped their moniker: "My baby wears cat-eye glasses/They make her look oh-so-retro/She likes to wear her Pumas in the daytime/When she has to ride the Metro," they sing in "Ice Cappuccino." Or try the ode to Hustler publisher "Al Goldstein" or “Super Post Punk Irony Man." Van Dreissen's style is sharp-cut, college-friendly rock that, like the woman they sing about in this EP's lead cut, has a retro tinge to it.
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