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The Draft
In A Million Pieces
Epitaph Records
www.thedraftband.com


Any time a band breaks up and the members go on to form a new band or two, you're going to have difficulties. Difficulties creating a new sound that is different enough, that no matter who hears it, they won't think of your previous affiliation. Even more difficulties, when you dare to venture out on a new project, in keeping your established fan base. The Draft is no different than any other band that was formed out of a large percentage of a previous project.

Three out of the four members of the new band on Epitaph used to be in a band called Hot Water Music. They had established themselves way back in the early '90s and continued their reign until late 2005. The Draft now follows in the footsteps of HWM, with their release In A Million Pieces. They are a punk band in the truest form. They actually have been sometimes classified under a subcategory of punk called "Gainesville Punk". They sit under this title, as do their predecessors HWM and fellow rockers Less Than Jake. What's the difference between "Gainesville punk" and regular ole' punk? Got me - it could be something as simple as the fact that they're from Gainesville, Florida. Who knows? What I do know is this album has been nicely received by both new and old fans. With smooth guitar riffs, powerful drums and catchy but…awkward lyrics, it's definitely something new coming out of these guys.

You still can hear some Hot Water Music, but this time it's taken in a different direction. This is one of those good rock albums that deserves a fist in the air, a group hug and a cold beer. Ok maybe we can hold off on the hug.

-Rachel Fredrickson

Track Listing:
1. New Eyes Open
2. Lo Zee Rose
3. Let It Go
4. Alive Or Dead
5. Bordering
6. Impossible
7. Wired
8. Not What I Wanna Do
9. All We Can Count On
10. Out Of Tune
11. Longshot
12. The Tide Is Out


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