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Bombs Into You
Bombs Into You
self-released

Rating: 4/10 ?


April 24, 2007
Bombs Into You is, according to their self-aggrandizing press release, "Portland's newest electro-rock band". Such a very uninspired statement doesn't say much about their attitude but is perhaps appropriate; like their music, it's just a very cautious thing to say. Of course it also implies that there will come a time when they will no longer be Portland's newest electro-rock band, perhaps a subconscious nod to the fact that their music perhaps doesn't age as well as they would like.

The Oregonian quartet's self-titled debut is in fact just as uninspired as their description, and one would be hard pressed to find a coherent thread running throughout Bombs Into You. It feels like they aim in the direction of mimicking their heroes, among which they count My Bloody Valentine and Nine Inch Nails, but do so with a palpable fear of hitting the bull's eye and sounding as if they're simply aping their influences. Hence, every single track is an in-between, a half-measure where nothing remarkable happens. Bombs Into You are simply too cautious, delivering nothing that reaches through the speakers, grabs at the throat, and screams Listen!!!.

The fact of the matter is that similarly styled bands can be found all over the US, and in fact the world, and their songs have been played through a million times before. In every little bar, on every college radio station, on every independent online record store that gives the buyer a chance to listen to the band before deciding to buy them, Bombs Into You, or a band just like them, are riffing their hearts out, to little avail.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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