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Paris @ 2am
It Wasn't An Accident But It Should've Been
No Karma

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I pretty much wrote this record off before I heard it, I mean, with a name like Paris@2am and all. I was honestly tempted to not even listen to it, but rather to just dis them straight away, thinking I could know their sound just from the terrible band name and seriously emo graphics. Well, if it weren't for bands like Paris@2am (or P@2, as they like to be called) I could become a serious rock snob. Bands like P@2 can really keep a guy's ego in check.
Recorded by the Mogis brothers (Vitreous Humor, Prozac Memory, Giant's Chair) his record actually rocks out in a very serious way, despite being some very rehashed guitar rock. There are the same dynamics here as all of the other bands coming out of Wisconsin, the same changes and chords, only just a little bit different. A little more abrasive, a little lower tuning, and a little bit harder hitting on the drums. Everything is vaguely familiar yet strikingly different somehow. Instead of following their peers and trying to sound like Braid, P@2 sound a heck of a lot like Hot Water Music at times, especially in the vocal tones and the way the drums feel like snapping 2x4s, which can't be construed as anything but kick ass. At others P@2 have flashes of the great Roadside Monument in them, such as the choppy breaks towards the end of "52314."

This is seriously a good record, and for none of the right reasons. It isn't all that creative, it isn't at all experimental or avante. But what it does is pack enough whump to get you nodding your head while doing the most mundane things, like eating week old spaghetti or sending an email to your parents. I am sorely disappointed that I nearly passed this off to someone else.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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