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Static Radio NJ
One For The Good Guys
Black Numbers Records


I considered passing on this one for a minute. Not because it's awful; it's not. But after playing it for better than a week, I still have absolutely no connection to it. It's just not registering anything on any scale. The playing is nice aggressive hardcore similar to Gang Green and JFA, not exactly melodic but certainly tonal. Some stellar drumming surfaces from time to time, and the defiantly short songs are pure old school (seven songs in ten minutes). The vocals are rabidly unintelligible, which is par for the course in the genre, so no knock there. The syllables are well placed, rhythmically correct, forward advancing accelerants with gangland shouting from the band. Lyrically, there's desperation from a confined space which explodes in all-out panic. Respectable gear-shifting bass runs and crunchy guitar can't be faulted. The only real complaints I can nail down are the weak endings on "All The Same" which disintegrates into a half-baked drum-splattered guitar breakdown, and the sensitive Collective Soul nu-metal on "Who's Laughing." The anthem "Can't Keep Us Down" combines all the missing ingredients, speed, dynamics well-placed shouting. If these were all 7 inchers I might be happy, but the tone is all too similar to make for a satisfying package. Static Radio NJ is a good band that could use some exploration.

-Ewan Wadharmi


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