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New Bruises
Transmit! Transmit!
Kiss Of Death Records

What do you do when you can't decide between two song titles? Put them together and call it one! That's what the new band out on the scene New Bruises did and I have never seen it done before. Their song: "Homogenized For Mass Consumption Or How My Youth Was Watered Down And Sold For Profit" is the first on their debut release Transmit! Transmit! With that long of a name you'd expect to find an extremely long song as well, but relax, it's only a little over 2 minutes.

So, what is there to say about these guys? Well, according to their bio (which was non-existent on MySpace) and their website (which apparently is down and not working), not much can be said. Therefore, I had to completely leave it up to the music. Their music did have something to say and it was said kind of loud. They're "watered-down", "bruised" boys that are hyper from all the coffee. Or at least that's the notion that I got from it. In truth, the New Bruises sound just like a beginning punk rock band should. Lots of guitar, tons of drums, fast beats and even faster lyrics. I could see Mike Herrera from MXPX getting a hold of their next album and really bringing it to life. Or if all else fails, he might see the same similarity that I do and take New Bruises on tour with them.

They've got a sound that's rudimentary, yet it definitely has a lot of potential. My curiosity is peaked to see what else these guys have to offer. A good listen to the album and you can tell they have skill. Maybe they just need a few more bruises to really get the rock out.

-Rachel Fredrickson

Track Listing:
1. Homogenized For Mass Consumption or How My You Was Watered Down And Sold For Profit
2. Bigger Isn't Always Better. Yes, Texas This Means You
3. New Bruises Are No Bruises
4. Coffee With A Side Of Confrontation, Please
5. Hell Is A Highway (Connecting Tampa And Orlando)
6. Empty Bottles Equal Empty Promises
7. Homo-Erectus-Americanus
8. Bring Broke and Broken Down
9. The Hero, The Thief, And The Liability Of Getting Caught
10. Sleeping With The Ants, Again
11. City Hearts And Trailer Parks
12. Untitled (Eric Talks Too Much)

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