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First Impressions: Ellington
09/09/10 at 05:13 AM by Chris Fallon
Jake from Ellington let me hear five rough mixes from the band's upcoming full-length and it's good stuff. Normally, this is the sort of pop music that isn't typically my forte -- but it's undeniably invigorating and vibrant.

Let me just say that with all this crap in regards to Runner Runner... take a lesson, guys. This is how you make exuberant pop music laced with synth and big guitars about girls and parties. Believe it or not, you can actually mention that shit and not sound like you're talking to 15 year old females.

If All Time Low and Hellogoodbye were super awesome, this would be their baby. All Time Low's knack for hooks, Copeland's vocals, Hellogoodbye's sound, Dashboard's maturity and maybe a touch of Cartel for good measure. That's what it all sounds like, if it were blenderized.

Yes, blenderized.

Much like Mercy Mercedes' record, it's a mammoth pop album drenched with melody -- no rough edges, no aggression (some mild 'tude here and there): just big hooks, barrels of fun and tight production. (Matt Malpass = genius) The keys really lift the record, and the harmonies are outstanding.

Just keep your ears peeled. If you like melodic pop-rock that emphasizes the pop in a good and meaningful way, with a real mature attitude that J-14 will probably gloss over.

Don't worry -- from what I've heard so far, no autotune overload or anything like that. I think people should dig this though -- not as soft or flighty as their last two EPs. Much poppier and zestier; it's like Chex Party Mix on tape!

Take some notes, bands. You know who you are.
Tags: first impressions, ellington, all time low, hellogoodbye, copeland, mercy mercedes
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Good lord, who am I?!
05/29/10 at 02:04 AM by Chris Fallon
Not exactly sure how I feel about myself or my listening habits at the moment.

I am currently giving Mercy Mercedes' new record, Believe It, a spin and while it's catchier than whatever sexual transmitted disease you can find... it's also very synth-heavy. And frankly, my ears AREN'T USED TO THAT!

Now, I don't necessarily have a set bias against synth-heavy music (hey, I like my fair share of '80's pop), however in this day & age, it's just not usually my thing. It reminds me a bit too much of Owl City and bullshit like that. Hell, I can't be expected to keep all these keyboard-happy bands apart. As far as I'm concerned, a majority of what I spy on It-Leaked is perpetually stunted-growth pop music.

Mercy Mercedes' last EP was not something I enjoyed. Don't really remember any specifics, I just recall turning that one off after one casual listen. This new album is best described as (and I am stealing this from Joe DeAndrea) "Cartel with synthesizers." I swear, Will Pugh has to be singing on here somewhere.

You take that whole synth thing off the album? No question that any pop-punk fan would eat this up like . The middle of this record is very heavy on using said keyboard instrument and I'm just not sure how I feel about it yet. Thankfully, the band dropped the neon imagery get-up, and after comparison, a few of the older songs re-recorded here sound infinitely better (in case you wanna know, two of the EP's tracks were re-recorded for the disc).

Yeah, this is kind of a stupid post/point to make, but this is sort of a big deal to me. I don't find myself listening to music this unabashedly poppy, yet so goddamn catchy, from a band I previously dismissed. Apologies for being redundant, but I simply feel kind of weird listening to. Probably because I'm so punk, bro.

Now back to my regularly scheduled Crossfade addiction.
Tags: mercy mercedes, believe it, pop music, secrets revealed!
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