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Social Code
He Said, She Said
Universal Music Canada
www.socialcodemusic.com


Social Code are an attractive combination of Fall Out Boy's adrenaline-inspired pop punk with the modern rock blade work of Puddle Of Mudd and the melodic rock sound of The Maine. The band's latest release He Said, She Said is peppered with jutting guitar spins and elevating pick slides played by Morgan Gies as the rampant beating of drummer Ben Shillabeer and the power rock fist-pumps of bassist Logan Jacobs work in tandem with the emotive slashes of lead singer Travis Nesbitt. Produced by John Travis (Kid Rock, Buckcherry), the 5-track EP is frothed with heady emotions, rapid discharging of sonic flairs and beads of meaty chord movements that trigger one's ardor to go after what the heart beckons.

Somewhat romantic in tone but mainly landscaped in brawny thrusts and parries, He Said, She Said has a striking roar that indicates great care was taken in putting these arrangements together. The title track is nicely singed by Gies guitar shreds which turn to a volcanic simmer in "Perfect Grave." The bittersweet entanglements of "The Shortest Line" burn at both ends, and the tumultuous whipping of "Beautiful" has Nesbitt's vocals teetering on the edge of despair. The final track "Everyday (Late November)" is the best from the band's offering, lit with hearty flairs and earnest aching in Nesbitt's vocals which penetrate fast into the listener's skin.

Social Code is a band that audiences should give a chance to, and very likely won't regret it. They are all brawn with a sliver of a romantic hue. Their disc He Said, She Said is built around memories of a fallen relationship, but in true modern rock fashion, their grip on rising like a flaming phoenix from the malaise becomes intensified as they plow forward. Jacobs describes on the band's website, "I think it's a breath of fresh air to write about making it through something and feeling good." They bull-horn their message loud and clear in their songs.

-Susan Frances

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