REVIEW: Dead Ringer: Enjoy The Ride

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The band that had my favorite demo of 2010 (I listened to it a few times a day for a very long time) is now here with their first EP by way of Gruff Beard Records. If you haven’t heard Dead Ringer, there’s no better time to correct that than now. Female fronted pop punk in the vein of Discount and The Measure [sa], I’ll even throw in a Jawbreaker comparison. These for songs are incredible and really show off what the band can do. They’re perfectly written and performed, plus it helps a lot that Kristia’s vocals are incredible. My personal favorite song is ‘That Veronica Vaughn Is One Piece of ACE’, which is also a (I hope) a Billy Madison reference. The A side seems to have the slower songs, where the B side picks up the speed. I was crazy excited to get this EP and I’ve listened to it more times than I can count. Highly recommended, I can’t stress how much you need to have this record.

  1. We’re Brown As Fuck
  2. Home
  3. That Veronica Vaughn Is One Piece of ACE
  4. Enjoy The Ride

Get it from Gruff Beard Records HERE

REVIEW: Broadcaster: Joyride EP

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Long Island’s Broadcaster is here with a self-Released digital EP. It’s kind of a bummer that there’s no physical record or CD for this because it turns out this is a really great EP. It’s a great throwback to the 90’s alt rock sound. If you’re into stuff like The Thermals, Nada Surf, Superchunk and even early Get Up Kids this should be right up your alley. We’ve only got four songs here but I’ll be keeping an eye out for more releases and maybe even an album, this is one of the best EP’s I’ve heard all year.

‘Snow Party’ Things start out with an intro that reminds me a lot of The Get Up Kids and you already know this is going to be a good time.  This song has some whoa oh’s and a little bit of power pop. The song is kind of depressing but I can’t help but feel good listening to it.
‘All Your Friends’ As the title on this one suggests, a song about friends here. It’s another great alt rock pop song that’ll put you in a good mood even if you don’t want it to.
‘Atlantic Sea’ This one is slower than the first two songs, it’s very Superchunk like. It’s one of those songs that makes it seem like you’re just going through the motions of life, but hey, at least you’ve got good music.
‘Vacation Days’ Going out on a high note seems to be the band’s idea. This song has the most energy of them all, and I’m glad to hear it. The EP is bookended with the two best songs.

1. Snow Party
2. All Your Friends
3. Atlantic Sea
4. Vacation Days

Get Joyride from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: Campaign: Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

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Campaign is here with a self released EP that’s pretty damn good. Before I get to the actual music a couple non-music notes. The title of the EP (Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!) might be the best EP title of the year. However the album cover is very much not. A pretty meh band photo with a lot of awful yellow, but that doesn’t really affect the music so who the fuck cares. I’m not sure if I like or hate the fact that all the songs are called ‘Old’ something too. But enough stupid shit, this is a great EP that starts with a lot of good sound and just keeps going. People into things like Hot Water Music and Small Brown Bike will probably dig this one. All of these songs are around two minutes so you get a pretty decent bang for your buck. This is the band’s third EP, while I haven’t heard the other EP’s listening to this one makes me want to check out the back catalog. This band is for sure one to keep an eye on, stuff like this is what I wish Hot Water Music was still doing instead of the crap angle they’ve shot into. While the Campaign might not have the same writing style or dual vocals of HWM I feel it’s the best band comparison. Campaign also has a good amount of whoa oh’s thrown in here, which for me is always a plus. People into bearded punk bands, the kind that don’t suck, should check this out one. You won’t be disappointed you did.

1. Old Haunts
2. Old Thrills
3. Old Blues

Get Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! from Amazon HERE

SHOWS I SEEN: Celebrated Summer Turns Five – September 17th 2011 – The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

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The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Celebrated Summer Turns Five!!
My favorite record store ever turned five; they had an awesome show to celebrate! And cake! It was a full night of awesome bands that I’ve never seen before and fun.

SAMIAM – The first time I’ve seen Samiam, and they totally owned everything. When I wasn’t singing along I was in awe of what was going on in front of me. This is a great example of a band that’s been around many years and is still on top of the game. One of the best sets I’ve seen all year, they played everything I really wanted to hear, and it was incredible.

WALTER SCHREIFELS – Going into this I had no clue what to expect, it was pretty cool though. A single dude with a guitar folk type deal. The set was pretty good, not the best of this stuff I’ve seen but far from the worst.

MEAN JEANS – Never seen the Mean Jeans before but a big fan, I was stoked for this and they brought it. Super fun, high energy, they did not disappoint. I will be seeing the Mean Jeans if I ever get a chance again and again and again.

HOLLYWOOD – I’ve seen Hollywood a few times, they’re a decent band. I missed this set though, I’m sure it was good.

THE SHIRKS – Another band that I hadn’t seen that I was excited for. They opened the show and almost stole it. These dudes were so good they should have been playing right before Samiam instead of first band. If you get the chance to see them, don’t even think about it, just do it. Buy their records too.

UPSTAIRS THERE WAS A BONUS FREE SHOW!!!!!!

DEEP SLEEP – Maybe their last East Coast show due to one member moving to the west coast. They brought it like they always do, high energy, tight performance. The sound upstairs isn’t the best but they made due. It was a good sized crowd and everybody seemed super into this. I hope I still get to see them many more times.

MURDER – Yet another band I’d never seen. Murder was really good though, high energy punk with the old timeless feel. The singer even felt the need to get up on the pool table and roll around; they couldn’t be contained by the beer soaked floor alone!

REVIEW: Handguns: Don’t Bite Your Tongue EP

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Harrisburg, PA’s Handguns are here with an EP from Pure Noise Records. It’s a great little pop punk EP that’s full of a lot of energy and well written and played songs. The production is polished over really well, maybe too well for some people’s taste, but I think it fits right in with the type of sound they have. People into Fireworks, New Found Glory and the Get Up Kids will be into this EP for me. There are seven songs on here, all of them are great, overall it’s a real solid EP, and the last song on here is the real winner of the EP. There’s not a bad song on this thing. Chances are this will be spinning a lot on your turntable or in your CD player.

1. A Year in Review
2. Scream Goodbye
3. Sink Like Lead
4. Beat Excuse
5. Gag Reflex
6. Wait Up
7. I Hope He Kills You

Get Don’t Bite Your Tongue from Amazon HERE

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