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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
Capture The Flag
Walking Away From Everything
Conquer The World Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Energetic, Driving, Up-Tempo, Emotional, Progressive, and Melodic Punk is one of the most overused [ed: not to mention lengthy] descriptions for a band that there is. Not only is it overused, but it is also very vague, considering the amount of bands that have been described this way. Lets try to find some more appealing and attractive adjectives to describe a band like Capture The Flag that actually deserve them, shall we? How about: fiery, pugnacious, sentimental, harmonious, and vigorous. Those are some words that you don't usually read in reviews. Regardless of the words that I choose to use to describe the sound of Capture The Flag, it is inevitable that all the words above not only describe them as a band but will also pigeonhole them into a particle genre that people like or dislike.

Capture The Flag is from Flat Rock, Michigan, where they formed in high school originally under the name, The Oven Mitts, which they eventually grew out of and moved on to the name Capture The Flag. At the time of there first release they were ready to grow up and get more serious about there upcoming music career. They found their album Time and Again in stores nationwide and armed themselves with a slot on Fata Booking's roster, which is one of the most respected and well-known booking agencies in the underground punk scene. They have also played various Warped Tour dates in 2000.

There is a strong sense of a metal background that shines through on this release, metal meaning technical more complicated guitar riffs and not screaming and heavy breakdowns with double bass drums mixed in. Although I'm pretty sure that if Capture The Flag wanted to form a side project metal band they could pull it off better than some of the ones that already exist. This is much more complex than your typical punk rock band. I really can't think of a certain band that sounds exactly like this, but that is a good thing not a bad one. If you are a fan of "Emotionally Driven Punk" along with the other million words to describe this, get a hold of a copy and you will not be let down.

Reviewed by Andy Vaughn
Andy Vaughn is a longtime friend of LAS magazine, where he has contributed occasionaly. He much prefers writing for The Toilet online, however that website seems to have died.

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