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The Null Corporation
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Sub Pop
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Fat Possum
Destination Daybreak / New Mexican Disaster Squad
Destination Disaster
Breaker Breaker Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I've always been content with where I live, but after reviewing a bunch of shitty Orlando bands for LAS, I have a newfound and genuine appreciation for my situation.

Not only is Orlando the boy band capital of the world, but its underground scene sucks badly, a veritable cornucopia of shitty hardcore and emo. I'd say Orlando's pop scene is actually better than its underground scene. At least Justin Timberlake makes those insane music videos- have you seen "Cry A River?"- he's gone crazy! Below the radar, Destination Day Break and New Mexican Disaster Squad make up just a sliver of the awful Orlando underground, and neither band, much like the picture they paint of the scene itself, is anything but poor.

What's interesting about Destination Daybreak, however, is that it sounds like if they had lived somewhere else they might have been a decent outfit. Ellyson Rae Kennedy's vocals are reminiscent of a much less sexually charged and much less hip Karen O, or maybe just her uncool southern cousin, but the fact that they could be related in the first place confirms her potential. Kennedy tries her utmost to utilize her Southern swagger as an asset to her sound, but it falls terribly flat, as it is a bit too much when paired with country-infused choruses like, "This here's a story about a 24 hour hodown that shows no sign of letting up" on "24 Hr. Hodown." Destination Day Break can best be compared to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs if they had never listened to James Chance or Gang of Four and were inspired by The Rye Coalition, Jawbreaker, and maybe even a little Black Sabbath instead.

The fact that Destination Day Break is able to break away a bit from a completely generic post-hardcore sound is what reveals the bands potential more than anything else. New Mexican Disaster Squad, on the other hand, is completely standard screamo, nothing more, nothing less. I can find no significant differences between New Mexican Disaster Squad and the like-minded and fellow Orlando natives Kite Flying Society, except that Kite Flying Society plays with better bands (ie. Japan's Melt-Banana.) Despite the fact I enjoy listening to New Mexican Disaster Squad much more than Destination Daybreak (I can't stress the fact enough that Destination Daybreak sound absolutely awful right now), I'd still give Destination Daybreak more props, simply because they do have a sound all their own. RIYL: Orlando underground, screamo, post-hardcore.

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

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