Produced by Lou Giordano (Plain White T’s, Taking Back Sunday), “Phoenix” is another notch in Just Surrender’s belt. As a group that has explored the nuances of pop-punk and emotional hardcore over the past four years as they have toured relentlessly with two releases that have sold upwards of 40,000 copies, Just Surrender put their laser focus on crafting an album that would further expand their fanbase. With both vocalists featured throughout with perfect layering, “Phoenix” is an admittedly guilty pleasure of the type of emotional rock that now dominates the Warped Tour. While other bands seem to stall amid the clichés and mall-punk normalcy, Just Surrender seems to shrug that off.
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Polish emo? You bet, and Keira Is You is in the vein of true emo, ala The Appleseed Cast, Engine Down, and perhaps even a little Sunny Day Real Estate. “Nothing Else Will Happen” casts its net far and wide with powerfully experimental nuances like children’s choirs, elements of New Wave, cello, and synthesizers. Indie rock should be a little challenging, now shouldn’t it?
Watch this video for “Madness”:
Denver’s Kill Paradise who having been touring with bandmates Brokencyde (you read that right, sigh) is electro pop with mall punk and club synths & beats embellishing and utilizing as many of today’s pop clichés as possible. Auto-tune? Check and then some. Hot Topic exclusive? Yup. Music featured on one or more MTV reality TV series? Absolutely. Mixing dance beats with emotional vocals (cough, emo, cough)? Yes. I just shudder for the children of today if this is truly what the hell they like. The real question is if they can sing more than a single bar or two without the help of vocal effects like auto-tune…I think I know the answer to that. Hey maybe that’s what they mean about “The Second Effect” – that they’ve found one other than auto-tune? This can’t even be a guilty pleasure without wanting to jump off a bridge after listening to it. Don’t believe me? Just watch the below video.
Watch the video for “Just Friends”:
While I would agree with the majority of so-called “hardcore” fans of Radiohead that this was a ploy by Capitol Records to squeeze out their last album for contractual reasons (gee, we’ve seen this happen before, haven’t we), for casual fans this is a great album to pick-up. With the hope of inducing rabid fandom, and after you listen to hits like “Creep”, “Karma Police”, “Paranoid Android”, “The National Anthem”, “Knives Out”, and “I Might Be Wrong” how couldn’t you be subject to that ear-riddled disease, I think that the “hardcore fans” should unite. After uniting like some quasi convention at the U.N., they should announce in unison, “yes we’d prefer to have the pop kiddies listening to Radiohead than spend another millisecond considering who to vote for on American Idol or which Cyrus was better, Billy Ray or his multi-millionaire underage daughter better known as Hannah Montana”. If you can’t find yourself on the right side of that argument, than you’re so ‘emo’ and ‘underground’ that even your mom will puke at your very sight and Scott Tenorman clearly must die.
Forget the tragically angst-riddled lyrics and the even more tragic band name, “Rotation” is an array of surprisingly decent pop-punk and emo anthems wrapped in a catchy enveloping hug. But all hugs and disses aside, Cute is What We Aim For is Fueled By Ramen‘s latest mall-driven pop that features a single “Practice Makes Perfect” that soccer moms will be singing along to, despite any irony whatsoever. On, tour with Powerspace, Danger Radio, and Ace Enders, Cute is a band that will no doubt be unheard of in another couple of years but who knows, maybe they’re the second coming of Dashboard Confessional. I mean there’s flooding in Iowa that hasn’t been seen for some 500 years, anything is possible. Enjoy their new video that MTV is spewing out whenever MTV tries to remember what the “M” stands for in their acronym.