I can't help but compare this band to Jawbreaker, and
believe me, that's a good thing because I only have excellent
things to say about them. There is the same harshness of vocals,
the same pell-mell of instruments as they vie for existence in
the whole. But it is the feel that is truly captured, that post-punk
riotous addiction to the speed and melody, that puts this album
over the top.
The music is accessible, without paying obeisance to a mainstream
sound; it sounds like it could be on the radio, and if I had my
druthers, I would rather listen to this than a majority of the
crap being broadcast today. But the hooks presented are well worth
it; "Mark Each Word", "Knives" and "Under
The Pavement" are excellent works of energy and just plain
good lines. The production at times could be cleaner, but it works
for the majority of the album as the melee of instruments clash
in a coherent way. It is the vocals that truly draw everything
together and give this band a foothold in the scene.
If any of the above appeals to you, then I have no problem whatsoever
in recommending this band to you. This band needs to be heard,
and you should definitely listen to it.
1) Ash Black
2) Mark Each Word
4) Lives Lived In Verses
5) Follow the Trail of the Psyched
6) Second Story
7) Under the Pavement
8) Letter to Myself
9) Better Days
10) How it Works
11) Trace These Notes
12) Steeltown Fight song
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