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Matthew and Santoro host. Topics discussed include pop-punk bands, Area 51 and US history, bad ass Presidents, beer and games played. Live calls are taken. A live prank call is performed.
Florida’s We Still Dream! merge new-school pop punk in the vein of The Wonder Years and Man Overboard with the punk-inspired pop and alternative rock that found its way onto airwaves in the ’90s.
There are several moments throughout “Something to Smile About” that are strongly reminiscent of bands like Lit, particularly on “Back to Then,” a song about simpler times spent skateboarding with friends that even employs some of those spoken-word-through-a-megaphone asides (“Oh shit, the cops!”) you rarely hear anymore.
Some of it works pretty well.
Album opener “Happily Never After” is a head-bobbing, Movielife-esque rocker with spot-on harmonies and some impressive drum work.
“So Much Worse” brings to mind “From Under the Cork Tree”-era Fall Out Boy, allowing vocalist Dustin Monk to show off his impressive range.
Meanwhile, closing track “Dissipate” has a darker quality that makes it sound like a lost track from Jimmy Eat World’s “Futures.”
Unfortunately, the band’s lyrics don’t live up to the standards of any of the aforementioned bands.
It’s not that they’re bad necessarily, just bland. Whereas The Wonder Years can take what would otherwise be a standard pop punk song and infuse it with a harrowing, ultra-detailed and extremely personal narrative, We Still Dream are content to deal in much more generalized and, as a consequence, more generic lyrics.
While the band’s overall aesthetic occasionally brings back memories of some of the great emo from the early ’00s (Taking Back Sunday, mid-period Saves the Day), the broad, at times cliched lyrics keep the album from rising above the level of audio wallpaper and make a clearly talented sound cookie-cutter.
That’s unfortunate, because the crisp production, hooky melodies and songs that alternate between galloping punk and mid-tempo power-pop could have made for a memorable summer record.
Instead, what we’re left with is an album that’s pleasant enough, but ultimately too light to leave a mark.
Here’s hoping the band is able to reach down a little deeper for the next record and come up with some more unique lyrics because there’s clearly potential here for something more interesting than simply inoffensive background music.
Heavy and full of dread, Pillbuster’s new self-titled full-length is a stoner rock fantasy, full of riffs and grit and big brass balls. With a sound that bowls you over with its sheer weight, the band cranks out track after track of metal- and hard rock-influenced jams, generating enough power to fuel a small jet plane.
While the most common comments regarding Eye Ra Haze will probably be regarding the fact that they are female-fronted, I feel that this EP, Eye of the Storm sets them apart from other such bands. The production of this EP is solid, with vocals receiving the right amount of reverb and backing vocals in all of the right places and the guitars going from sounding very drone-y to very crisp (a la nu-metal) with smooth transitions. The low tones matched with haunting melodies make for a nice base of the EP and the lyrics are heavy hitting on all three tracks, which is the icing on the cake.
Replay of Show 189 from 6/26/11. Santoro and Steel tip talk about lead singers in bands turning in to divas, do their hold music prank calls, talk about the top five things to do if time travel were possible, recap a day in the life of Santoro and play a new game trying to guess what different sexual terms really mean. Case Closed is the featured band.
Rumours of a Presence is the name of the newest album by Norwegian stoner-rock band Spirits of the Dead. The band shows that although they are modern, they are capable of touching on the sounds of 60s and 70s rock.