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Noise Ratchet
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Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Have you ever been eating a bag of candy in a movie theater, and you want an orange, but you keep pulling out reds? And it's too dark to tell?

Listening to Noise Ratchet is like finally tasting that orange starburst: you knew it had to be there all along, you just had to weed out the yuk to find it.

With their second self-titled EP (their fourth release in all), Noise Ratchet put forth six tracks of post-punk and rock ready to please ears tired of mediocre and ironically emotionless emo bands. Noise Ratchet seemingly leave image and attitude at the door and create a record full of melody and energy comparable to rock-out mode Further Seems Forever, Before Braille, and even some Taking Back Sunday. Noise Ratchet don't wallow in sorrow, they get angry- and you can feel it. Crisp, powerful guitar, pulsing drums, and strong vocals combine in a commanding sonic assault that starts with the opening feedback of "When Losing Ends." In desperate anger, lead vocalist Joel Hosler cries "Take this gun from my hands/ I'm giving up till the losing ends." Falling ill to the plague of emo lyrics may not be too far from their grasp, but these guys certainly aren't whining or yelling simply for the fun of it.

Also included on this EP is a re-envisioned version of "A Way to the Heart," a song previously released on their full length Till We Have Faces. "A Way to the Heart" is a side of Noise Ratchet that's yet to be seen. Soft female backing vocals accentuate the acoustic guitars. The chorus floats. The guitars dance. There is no hit of ravaging assault here, however Noise Ratchet maintain their integrity throughout this decidedly emo moment.

Noise Ratchet's greatest achievement though is the seven and a half minute closer, "Desired." Hosler's vocals turn soothing and elegant but the band still maintains it's edge, and therein lies the strength of this song. The flowing instruments plod on for several minutes and they carry you with them. These six tracks may be subtle in their diversity, but the changes are there. Noise Ratchet leave listeners on a note as soft as the first note was loud, but easily just as poignant.

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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