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These Stars Are Monsters
One Eleven Records

Inkwell, a melodic punk/rock duo comprised of Travis Adams and Dave Pierce, have made an inviting and fanciful melodic mews of emo-palettes on their sophomore release These Stars Are Monsters, following in the wake of their debut album Chaos Reveals Rhymes from 2005. With measurements of soft punk, emo, melodic rock, and acoustic pop, Inkwell have powered acoustic sessions with thriving melodies, substantive gear shifts, consonant progressions, and thick dense textures that plump up the drum fills. Their vibrant tones and energetic rhythms are filled with substance and can be likened to bands like Thursday, Mashlin, Northstar, and Acceptance.

"Just Take The Money And Leave" swanks hearty guitar flourishes with rhythmic dips in the tempo drive giving it a frolicking seesaw motion. The treatments on the layers impel dithering textures and energetic movements on the track "Drop It." The swaying California style Beach Boys/ska grooves on "No, You Drop It" is seductive with an undertow of backbeats. This is the only track of its kind on the album which works to give the album diversity. The slow motioned track is a one time outlet from the punk/rock throttles in songs like "Jazzersize In A Tie" and "This Ones For Kermit Washington."

Odd thing about these titles is that most of them do not show up in the song lyrics, so the verses do not reflect the title of these songs... like the title track, "These Stars Are Monsters," which bares a mild tempo pull with dinghies of acoustic pop and melodic rock fluxes. The vocal harmonies and overdubs enhance the lyrics while arcs in the arrangement produce an energetic vibe. The lyrics are personable and speak about what is happening now: "I'm on your side/ So don't forget to hold on/ Because good times are on the rise."

The melodic lines are contemporary with trenches of punk-insulated energy waves. "Winning The Race" has modern acoustic pop piercings while "Why Can't Sometimes And Always Be Friends?" is a tender ballad with throbbing gear shifts in the keyboard ducts and guitar throngs. The album concludes with "We Are The Captains Of The Sea, Just You And You And You And Me," a fun and thriving melody with plumped up textures and enthusiastic movements. The layers flicker incandescently and entangle impetuously creating bustling motions.

Inkwell is a band that lets their music speak for them. They are currently on a club tour across America and their videos can be seen at Youtube.com.

-Susan Frances

1. Just Take The Money And Leave
2. Ecuador Is Lonely This Time Of Year
3. Drop It
4. No, You Drop It
5. The Tragedy Of David Gribble
6. These Stars Are Monsters
7. Jazzersize In A Tie
8. This Ones For Kermit Washington
9. What About Whimsical?
10. Winning The Race
11. Why Cannot Sometimes And Always Be Friends
12. We Are The Captains Of The Sea, Just You And You And You And Me

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