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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
No Motiv
Daylight Breaking
Vagrant Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This is a hard thing to write, but about three years ago I went to see the second leg of the Vagrant America tour. Mainly I was there to see Hey Mercedes, so I could claim to have seen a small portion of the band formerly known as Braid, since I never got to see this favored band play at all (hello Braid tour 2004!) Among the Dashboard Confessional and Saves the Day noise of the night was the band No Motiv, a band whom after seeing live I had written off as a crappy pop-punk band that I never would care to listen to, and my world would probably be a better place if I never heard them at all. To my surprise this album came out and I could have almost cared less for its existence, especially in light of the fact that this was their third release for Vagrant. To put it plainly, I had missed the band's second release, 2001's Diagram For Healing, which saw their sound flower into what it is today.

As my wife will attest, I am prone to changing my mind, and Daylight Breaking has been one road to me becoming a more open-minded listener. I was surprised and blown away all at once by this newest self-produced effort. This is an album filled with energy and pure fun. This is the summer album of 2004 that came out six months early.

Line-up changes and growth as people has led to what the members note as a more mature effort, and in some cases a shift in topics. Less love, more reality. But how does this album sound? No Motive are mining familiar territory and would not be completely out of place on any local "alternative" radio station. The anthemic "Into the Darkness" sounds tailor made for the last AFI album, only with a bit more fun and energy. "Death in #s" shows that No Motiv can slow things down a tad and still tear it up, although this song will make it hard for them to shake off the emo tag that many of their label mates have found impossible to shed. Other songs like "Robot Eyes" and "Where Did You Go?" remind me of the most recent efforts of Further Seems Forever.

No Motiv have released a pure fun pop-punk album that could have been a perfect summer soundtrack and, at this rate, will still be come June. While not straying from the formula that many have made popular in our Clear Channel culture, they have crafted a pop gem with incredibly infectious melodies and songs that will undoubtedly stick with me through the days of dreariness at work, a bit of brightness in my drab school hours. This is one of the first enjoyable albums to cross my ears this year, and will definitely not leave my car stereo for a time. Daylight Breaking indeed.

Reviewed by Jake M. Rizy
A contributing writer for LAS who lives in Arlington, Texas.

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