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Soundtrack to the Summer
Search and Rescue Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Add one more to the New Found Glory bandwagon.

With the recent over-saturation of pop-punk acts clogging the mainstream music markets and causing an influx of teen shoppers to Hot Topic stores nationwide, Greyfield should have little trouble fitting in.

Of course, that is if you consider "fitting in" to mean "easily getting lost in the crowd," because that's exactly what Soundtrack to the Summer is capable of. Commercial pop-punk is the bastard offspring of a musical, lifestyle and cultural movement that was about standing out and being unique. However, "punk" anymore has become just as susceptible to conformity as any norm ever has been. Greyfield are a typical product of this transition. They have the typical sound and style that most major labels have been seeking since Blink 182 hit it big, and with their latest EP, Greyfield give us six predictable pop-punk pseudo-anthems easily mistaken for the latest New Found Glory single. The vocal style similarity to Jordan Pundik is uncanny, as is the similarity in lyrical substance (or should I say lack thereof?). I can imagine songs like "Note to Self" and "I'm Not Human" fitting in easily on New Found Glory's Sticks and Stones - and that's not really something to be proud of. I have to say that these guys have the New Found Glory act down almost better than their fellow Floridians do themselves. If Greyfield can't make it with their "originals" then at least they could make some cash as a cover band.

Soundtrack to the Summer is as easily forgotten as a night when you drank too much and a really bad hangover is the only way you can prove it. If you want to listen to some good pop-punk pick up some retro Ataris (End is Forever, or Blue Skies… both are excellent), but leave New Found Glo…errr, Greyfield, on the rack.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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