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August Premier
Fireworks and Alcohol
Fueled by Ramen

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
August Premier is one of the newest editions to the Fueled by Ramen roster, a list that includes releases by such acts as Jimmy Eat World, and Less than Jake. That seems like a great deal to live up to and surprisingly, August Premier still manage to hold their own in the pop-emo-punk world.

Formed of members from separate pop-punk and pseudo-hardcore bands, on Fireworks and Alcohol it's easily heard which side won out. August Premier are pop-punk with fast guitars, simple harmonies, and (gasp!) heart. I wouldn't necessarily consider this record emo (you can all breathe a sigh of relief), although they do follow in the footsteps of other bands like the Ataris who oftentimes do get slapped with the emo tag. But lets get one thing straight- What I look for in emo is not in pop-punk. They're related sub genres, with occasional similar lyrical stylings, but hardly one in the same. That said, August Premier is what I like to call pop-punk with heart: not quite blink 182, yet not quite Saves the Day.

Fireworks and Alcohol is a bouncy gamble that's as fun and mischevious as playing Twister with a few of your closest drunken buddies: loud, fast-paced, and fun. Songs like "She Likes Me" and "Smoke" are great songs to liven up your Friday night party, or even bleed your heart to. First and foremost, though, Fireworks and Alcohol is a fun record, but fun doesn't always have to mean meaningless. It's this heart that, given the chance, may set August Premier apart from all the other pop/punk/emo what-have-you out there these days. They have a good start, here's to hoping they don't blow it.

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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