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Congratulations On Your Decision To Become a Pilot
Congratulations On Your Decision To Become a Pilot
Aisle 2 Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This is a band that I would pay to see live in concert ($7-$10 bucks even), which is saying a lot considering how many bands there are playing out in New York City this time of year, with festivals and a good jazz season coming along, and time constraints and work and monetary concerns. You get the picture. Congratulations on Your Decision To Become a Pilot (long band name, eh?), sound a bit like Far and mid-era Shift, (before the horrible last album), and I like those bands, so I'd be psyched to get swept up into one of this band's performances. What else do these guys do on record? Well they sound like a good band starting out should: young and raw, melodic, undercurrents of pissed off feelings rising up often enough to make you nod your head and move your feet, hints of progressive hardcore influences spring up here and there, hard to say from where exactly, maybe Jawbox, but not as chaotic. They also have a few acoustic tunes on here, and chimes and bells worked into the mix, harmonizing vocals too, and the sound of a bowling ball or something heavy being rolled along a floor as a sample on one track. All in all, a solid first effort, even though the last few tracks putter out a little bit.

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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