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Echo Screen
Rockout Records

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.

-Caitlin McGuire

Track Listing:
1. This Letter Bomb
2. Everything After Bradford
3. The Science Of Stopping Time
4. Start Tomorrow
5. Gloria
6. October
7. Rushmore
8. The 5 Cent Tour Of The Pearly Gates Part I: Our Hopes
9. The 5 Cent Tour Of The Pearly Gates Part II: Our Fears
10. Submitted For The Approval Of The Midnight Society

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