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Dewey Defeats Truman
The Road To Nowhere Maps EP
Has Anyone Ever Told You? Records


The good news is that Dewey Defeats Truman is a good band, capable of writing songs you will most certainly enjoy right away.  The bad news is there are countless other bands that sound just like them.  The Road To Nowhere Maps EP does little to separate Dewey Defeats Truman from the herds of comparable acts, but if you were able to judge it solely on its own merits, it would more than likely receive a high score.

This is the sort of band with a list of influences that reads like a who’s-who of indie rock:  Superchunk, Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, The Pixies, Husker Du and so on.  If you want a comparison, think The Promise Ring, Jimmy Eat World, The Get Up Kids, or any similar emo-pop group.  Dewey Defeats Truman does not rely on hiding behind any sort of studio trickery.  This is upbeat and straightforward guitar-driven indie rock with no frills.  The best part is that the band actually sounds as though it is having fun.  The lyrics, even if they are pondering something less than pleasant, are filled with hints of optimism, and the layered vocal harmonies add another pleasant element.  The jangly guitars may sound like the work of countless other bands, but it still has some endearing qualities, and everything else is just playful enough to put a smile on your face.  From the mid-tempo “Fly Below The Radar” to the sugary “Pencil Fight” to the oddly angular guitar work of “Die Ramora,” there is not much here you haven’t heard before, but if it isn’t broke, why fix it?

It is indeed possible to enjoy a record that breaks no new ground, as long as the music is good and the band has some sense of passion about what it is doing.  That is the case with Dewey Defeats Truman.  It seems as though the band made a conscience effort to fit into that “indie rock” mold, and though they may get lost in the crowd from time to time, they really don’t seem to mind.

- Eddie Fournier

Track Listing:

  1. No More Joy
  2. Sound Surrounds
  3. Fly Below the Radar
  4. Damaged Goods
  5. Pencil Fight
  6. Die Remora

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