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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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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
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Fat Possum
You Can Only Grow So Much
Box Elder Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
1 cup driving breakdowns ala Hot Water Music; 1 cup properly mixed vocals ala Braid; 2 cups straight-ahead rock ala Samiam; a pinch of Static Prevails era Jimmy Eat World guitar work for good measure. Beat until smooth and you've got Notaword, some more of that tasty rock from up yonder in America's dairyland.

I tell you, Wisconsin's cheese-core is taking over everything between New York and California, and Notaword are the best of the bunch. If it weren't for Chad Ashley's vocals, Notaword would probably never appear in the same sentence with the word Emo, but the words are there and they are speaking to someone, so the association is inevitable. The lyrics do, however, fit extremely well with the more driving music the rest of the band creates, the kind of mellow hardcore breakdowns that candy-asses like the Get Up Kids improperly overuse to give their heartbreak rock a sense of dynamics.

"Watership Down" kicks off with a light feel that does remind of the oh-so-popular Emo trend, but by the time "the Best Policy" sounds off the band is in top form with a low strong enough to hold down the fort while the guitars head off for blue skies.

Out of all the tracks on this EP "How Do We End All This" best exemplifies Notaword's diversity. Soft and melodic breaks are literally side by side with breakdowns that would make Pennywise smile.

With the departure of competent bands like Compound Red and Braid and the waning interest in the Emo phenomenon, the rock kids of Middle America are looking for a hero to carry them into the future. I'm placing my chips on the box marked "Notaword."

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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