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Spinning Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Pop punk, what a genre. Clean, competently alternative sounds, lots of 4/4 beats, short punchy guitar solos in all the right spots, the bass intro, that's what it's all about. This band is right there. They've got a girl on guitar who's name is Scurvyann. They rip off Bad Religion fairly well (on "No Self-Control"). They can all sing and play at the same time and harmonize, know when to throw in all the appropriate breakdowns and buildups. In some respects you could say they're maintaining a tradition of rock and roll, of punk. Or you could argue that they're kind of derivative, proficient but faceless, benign, boring, rehashing and regurgitating tired and withering old sanitized rhythms that have been dead for years. Either way, if you pick up this album and slap down your hard-earned $12.99 at the local alternative/indie rocker record shop in your sunny little suburb, don't be surprised if, when you get home, this album somehow starts slowly, but surely, creeping it's way straight to the back of your record pile.

Reviewed by James Hoey
A long-time contributing writer for LAS, Jim lives in North Carolina and drives an early 70s model mustard yellow Chevrolet Blazer.

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