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Anarbor
Free Your Mind
Hopeless Records
www.anarbor.net


Just when people thought that Fall Out Boy took pop-punk as far as the genre could go, Hopeless Records brings audiences Anarbor, a pop-punk band from Phoenix, Arizona who integrate their own style into the genre for their latest recording, Free Your Mind. Produced, recorded and mixed by Mike Green (Paramore, Good Charlotte, The Higher), Free Your Mind has the power pop pumping of All Time Low and the party-rock fun of the Plain White T's. It's an album that can brighten anyone's mood.

The exhilarating rise in lead singer/bassist Slade Escheverria's vocals in "Where The Wild Things Are" injects the tune with sprigs of infectious tingling sensations, and the dual peddling of guitarists Adam Juwig and Mike Kitlas and the thrusting beats of drummer Greg Garrity promote excitement throughout the track. The gang vocals of "Halfway Sober" gives this song a pub atmosphere, and the repetition of the lyrics, "Without you there is no reason for my story… We can make it better" from "You And I" has that sugary coating which is indigenous to pop punk confections. The pogoing beats of "Always Dirty Never Clean" are thick and unrelenting with frazzled guitar shreds that spur adrenaline levels to rise. This is not an album that you can listen to and sit still. The movements are restless, and the entangling chords and sonic crashing in tracks like "Let The Games Begin" and "Passion For Publication" crave to move as fast as possible to their goal.

Anarbor sound like they are a product of the Vans Warped Tour, but actually Kitlas and Echeverria have known each other since kindergarten and teamed with Garrity in the 7th grade when they decided to form a rock band. They spent their senior year of high school showcasing for record labels when Hopeless Records scooped them up, and will probably make another Tokyo Rose out of them.

-Susan Frances

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