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Mt. St. Helens
On Time, Always
Arborvitae Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Beginning with a deliciously unripe guitar chord and ending with a bitterly sweet piano note, this record would be best served on a bed of Fugazi and washed down with a glass of Gray Matter. Although the comparisons have been made, and the influences are evident, Mount Saint Helens bring their own spices to the meal.

Enough of the food analogy, these guys have it together. Noisy and melodic, gentle and ballzy. The rhythm section stays buoyant and jaunty while busy guitar noises and lines set the mood. The vocals ring clear and true, with conviction and emotion. Yes! The "e" word. Is this Emo? Well, it may be tossed in that playpen and be able to get along with the others but Mt St Helens's music seems to come from a time before the emo genre existed, during which period of time the average age of the band members would probably have been around seven. It wouldn't be surprising to find out that these fellas haven't been keeping up with today's emo trends and/or have older siblings who have influenced their listening choices.

The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and On Time, Always is the pudding. From the toe-tapping beat and sing-along melody of "Covering," to the cracked-out break in "Decode That," to the sleepy (and quite lengthy) instrumental ending of "Always On Time," this record covers the all the bases. The disc even contains a movie, shot on 8mm film, of the band and what appears to be tour footage.

On Time, Always, an excellent effort, only loses points for the bland cover art and a weak lyric or two (there are some very good ones as well), which should only get better as the band matures. Mt St Helens; huge.

Reviewed by Ryan Guffey

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