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The Quick Fix
Novel Weapons EP
Ernest Jenning Record Co.

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
At a glance, New Jersey's The Quick Fix come across as what you might describe as a "total package" type of band, depending on your definition is of said phrase. Some might say that a "total package" band pushes the "envelope" (which I would just love to see someday… you know, a band actually pushing, like, a giant envelope… it would be like Indie Rock American Gladiators). Some might say that a "total package" band gives insightful interviews, and works hard to etch out their place in rock history. Others might say a band fitting of the "total package" moniker has a lot of attitude, brings the rock, and has a plethora of Diesel Jeans and tight black t-shirts. Whether or not The Quick Fix will achieve the former definition can hardly been seen on this 4 song debut EP, but it is safe to assume that they are groomed for fashion rock success in terms of the latter.

However, this is a record review, so I should probably focus on the music, maaaaan (because that's what it's all about to them, I'm sure). The 4 basic guitar-affected blasts of post-punk rock ring with that sort of "I'm the shit" attitude that grates the nerves of some folks, and wets the panties of others. The sassy-boy vocals of ironically (or purposefully) named M. Moody drip with a detached and somewhat venomous tone, signaling that there might be more to this chap than tattoos and a studded belt. The rest of the band pound away at their somewhat bluesy, atonal, hardly melodic chord structures, and by albums end, The Quick Fix resemble a less inspired Juno, possibly a grooveless Q and Not U, or a more bone-headed Unwound.

Perhaps, it would be better to provide a visual aid of what the "Novel Weapons" EP sounds like:

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The recording, though, sounds great, with a bare bones approach, done up by Don Zientra (Inner Ear guru responsible for sounds by Dismemberment Plan, Fugazi, Q and Not U, etc.), which brings forth some nice tension and aggressiveness from the band. It is obvious that The Quick Fix has set their sights on being a tight live band, and it is captured well on this short EP.

It is apparent that The Quick Fix are not out to change the world by any means, but rather attempt to shake things up a little with their brand of abrasive post-punk. Hopefully they can realize that coordinating their black and denim look should be left to the Hoobastanks of the world, and can concentrate on making the engaging and electrifying full-length that seems to be bubbling somewhere underneath all the hair gel.

Reviewed by Ryan Allen
A former staff writer with fabulous hair, Ryan Allen once fronted Red Shirt Brigade with his brother, Scott. He currently fronts the art/fashion punk band Thunderbirds Are Now!, with is brother, Scott.

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