Echo Screen isn't anything new, but I like them despite
it. Euphoria is borderline screamo that I can listen to
around my family. It sounds pretty clean, which isn't bad either.
But they might as well be signed to Drive Thru Records for all
the derivative material they've produced. Euphoria, Echo
Screen's debut album, won't leave you wanting more, but it won't
leave you full either.
Obviously influenced by Sunny Day Real Estate, I can imagine
Echo Screen opening for All American Rejects, or playing
with Orange County contemporaries Hopefield. The combination
of strong vocals and guitar driven tracks isn't necessarily fresh,
but, as always, is fun.
The tracks are all pretty much average, in a good way... but
still, just average. Probably the only standouts are "October"
and "Rushmore." "October" is an acoustic track
that spins around its cynicism with lyrics like, "I took
a trip to the doctor / upon a brisk October day / I begged him
to make me immortal / He said, 'Son, then how would I get paid?'"
The song constantly comes back to the image "I smiled and
I laughed with my head in my hands, / What's so important on this
world that you've got to stay?" "Rushmore" has
a Starting Line vibe, especially when the song hits the
"I'll see you out in South Dakota" refrain, and the
subsequent guitar solo.
Echo Screen's Euphoria is a bit of a misnomer. I certainly
didn't feel any euphoria while listening to the album, nor did
I feel boredom. When it all boils down, it's obvious that Echo
Screen definitely has a solid jumping point for its future ventures.
And I wish them well.
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