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The Lines They Get Broken
Crank Automotive Records

Meshing early 80's post punk sounds with the 90's Britpop ethic, Metropolitan bursts onto the scene with their third release, and it is full of catchy riffing and meaningful angst. From the first moment of sound on The Lines They Get Broken, the band launches into heavily influenced pre-indie rock mayhem. Taking his bass cues from the likes of Joy Division, Shyam Telikicherla pounds out poignant and well-conceived bass lines that contribute beautifully to the guitars and drums provided by John Masters and Saadat Awan (who consequently share both drumming and guitar duties). The band hails from Washington, DC, but don't let that put you off. This band doesn't hold to the Dischord motto of noisy punk rock. Instead, Metropolitan brings melodic light into a very dark musical city. The songs have that certain scrub that made early Gang Of Four and Wire such wonderful musical conglomerates, and was the magical ingredient in so much of the post-punk era. Britpop influence rides high on tracks like "Here Or There" and "Headway". We're talking walls of chiming and lush guitars over a solid bed of rhythmic intensity. Songs such as "Pakistan International" move into the modern semi-psychedelic movement, reminding me of the calmer, less noise-inspired moments of bands such as the Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. And to top it off, the modern trend towards Euro-garage rock has given us bands like The Killers and The Hives, and that sound is also vaguely represented on this record. All told, The Lines They Get Broken is a fantastic collection of music that will appeal to the ears of many people interested in many different musical styles. Song by song Metropolitan make nods toward many diverse musical styles, but all the while maintain their own very unique and memorable sound.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:
1. Here Or There
2. Homeroom
3. Letterbox
4. Downstream
5. Is It Too Loud?
6. Pakistan International
7. Headway
8. Western Star
9. Made The Cut

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