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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Noise Ratchet
Till We Have Faces
The Militia Group

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Their first full length, Noise Rachet's Till We Have Faces features newly added bass player Jon Jameson, Roger Molina and Danny Lothspeich both playing crunchy-style guitars, Joel Hosler with emotive vocals, and Brandon Young on drums. Out of San Diego, their sound is a mixture of about forty percent indie-rock and sixty percent post grunge alt-rock.

Till We Have Faces consists of twelve songs with an energy that lasts all the way from "Permanent Solution," which sounds very indie-rock, to "A Way To the Heart," which is really not-so-good and sounds much similar to some sort of post-grunge slow single.

Nearly every song on Till We Have Faces sounds very much like another band, especially "Vanity," but I've got to give it to Noise Rachet - I'm still unable to put my finger on it. And I can guarantee I've heard "disappear" before. I just know it. I disagree with their press sheet comparisons to Jimmy Eat World and Sunny Day Real Estate, though, except on "For You I'll be Forgetting Me," in which vocals sound a bit Jimmy Eat World-ish at some points.

Speaking of Jimmy Eat World, Till We Have Faces was recorded in Encinitas' Big Fish studios, just like albums from Jimmy Eat World, Blink 182, Rocket From the Crypt, Hot Snakes, and Mineral. The songs are well-produced and quite radio-friendly, so I'd watch out for this one in the current pop-punk climate.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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