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Red Hot Valentines
Calling Off Today
Polyvinyl Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Chalk one up for unoriginality. The Red Hot Valentines' teaser EP for their upcoming full-length is just that - rehashed music that fails to inspire. In fact, their music fails to even elicit a yawn. This is pop-rock dribble that takes its cues from commercial bands like Weezer, who perform this genre with so much more gusto and don't need sorry copycats. It bothers me to hear a band like this. It bothers me that a label like Polyvinyl, even with its occasional shortcomings (Yes, I am looking at you, Paris, Texas), signs a band like this. Rainer Maria, Braid, American Football, Pele- are all fine bands, even if some may tug on the heartstrings a bit too obviously at times. But the Valentines have usurped their Champaign, IL base by making formulaic rock readymade for the current crop of "Brand Spankin' New" or "Buzzworthy" bands so prevalent on MTV2. The three songs on this EP follow the same pattern - chunky power chords, moog riffs floating along behind the pop-rock (thank you Weezer, thank you Rentals, thank you every other band using the moog right now) and whiney vocals full of cheese and attempts at earnest harmonizing. We just don't need it! It's one thing to make catchy pop, it's another thing to get your songs from the SongWriter 2000, patent pending. The CD comes equipped with an enhanced feature, a video for a song called "Bring Back the Good Times." As if to prove this reviewer wrong, it's chock-full of live performance, shots of their thrift-store t-shirts and cute girl fans who are going ga-ga for the band. But I maintain my stance. The Red Hot Valentines just aren't any good. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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