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Some First Impressions
Some First Impressions
06/03/10 at 10:43 PM by Chris Fallon
Too much good music coming my way lately. Off With Their Heads hasn't left my ears all day. It is precisely the sort of record I have needed over the past few days. Love the lyrics and melodies. If Face to Face's Trever Keith fronted a melodic hardcore band... this is what it would sound like.

I also have to hand it to Steel Train for becoming a new obsession, as well. Mark my words: it's 2010's Dog Problems. The sort of jubilant pop music that you don't need to feel guilty for enjoying. Definitely a classic blend of what has made good pop music so timeless.

House of Heroes has impressed me, too. It doesn't top their last album, but when it comes to making strong alternative pop-rock tracks, these dudes know what's up. Reminds me of Switchfoot, Jimmy Eat World and Acceptance. A bit uneven in spots, in terms of what kind of album it wants to be. Still, you won't get a majority of it out of your head. The last song is a tad too preachy for my sake, but I'm just going to go ahead and interpret the "constant in my life" being a song about Desmond Hume.

You know what band is as rad as popsicles? Authority Zero. I'm a pretty simple guy when it comes to the punk rock music I like, and this is something that is going to be a blast to play loud during summer. Cannot wait to cruise around Seattle with Stories of Survival on the stereo.

And if you need more reasons to enjoy old-school pop punk... give the Dopamines a listen. Hooks are so catchy, my ears need a condom.

Frankly, I have way too much music coming my way. My seven picks for the Absolute 100 (coming this August!) were incredibly tough to widdle down. Somehow I did it, and I keep finding music I want to include.

Don't let my cool bragging fool you. It's a tough life I lead.
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