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Death on Wednesday
Songs to _____ to
Sidecho Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Unique voices are becoming an anomaly in modern music. New rock has it's Scott Stapps and Chad Krogers. Pop has it's Michelle Branchs and Vanessa Carletons. Emo has it's Chris Carrabas and Chris Connolleys. Case in point, truly unique voices are becoming harder and harder to come by. But that's just what Death on Wednesday has found: a unique vocalist.

Over varying punk and rock alignments Nathan Lawler's swing-style vocals reign supreme on their new EP, Songs to _____ to. Although certainly different for this style of music, at a first listen the vocals sort of turned me away, but after getting used to them they seem to add a nice flavor to Death on Wednesday. Especially on songs like the punk-ish rocker "Simple Life," the lead and best track on the record.

However, with the vocal styling of a lounge singer, Death on Wednesday's attempts at acoustic numbers such as "Sympathy" come across as anything but sincere. The band plays well and they prove themselves to be well-versed songwriters, but soft acoustic numbers just aren't their niche.

Yet, strangely enough, odd little country numbers are.

The hidden track on Songs to _____ to is an old-school sounding country song that, with the bands skill and Lawler's vocals, is just bizarre enough to work. DOW nail the country style of the greats like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. When I say this is a Country song, I'm not talking like Shania and Lonestar country, but a good impression of classic country. And somehow this song is surprisingly decent.

On Songs to _____ to, Death on Wednesday prove their diversity as songwriters, but also set themselves apart from most other modern rock/pop/punk acts out there. They'll be a good band to keep your eye on.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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