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Undesirable People - Eugenics EP

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Undesirable People-Eugenics EP
Record Label: South Division Records
Release Date: September 4, 2012
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
‘This is not a test, just another sad excuse to impress’

If Undesirable People’s second EP, Eugenics, is just an excuse to impress, they’re certainly doing it right. Undesirable People, comprised of Steven Kennedy (vocals), Mark Lebiecki (vocals/bass), Brian Fraser (guitar), Alan Keleman (guitar) and John Lebiecki (drums), write mature pop punk anthems which will lodge themselves inside of your brain and make you sing your heart out.

Despite Undesirable People’s reasonably short existence (they got together in ’11), they sound like a band with song writing chops far beyond their years. Musically, the band alternate between full blast pop punk-ing and a more mid-tempo, mature sound. Strangely enough, Kennedy’s vocals also follow this pattern. His voice adjusts between shouting his lungs out and straight up, clean singing without skipping a beat. Technically, the band is quite excellent; their songwriting doesn’t just stick to the formula set out by many bands of their ilk. Every instrument is utilized to sound interesting alongside the typical mosh-worthy fare, the guitars entwine as well as riff, the drumming never misses a beat, and the vocals are close to perfect.

Lyrically, the band is again excellent with themes around relationships and society. They may not be overly complex, but complexity does not infer talent. The EP is filled with intelligent one-liners that, if Undesirable People’s fan base was any bigger, would be tattooed on the wrists of hundreds. Tracks such as " Basement Talk" and "Animals" display all of the aforementioned attributes, which when combined together make for some of the best pop punk tracks that you’ll hear this year.

Overall, Undesirable People is a band that is already at the top of it's game. Eugenics, at a mere 15 minutes, is possibly the best EP of the year so far. What makes Undesirable People so… desirable is that everything your typical pop punk band can do, Undesirable People can do better. The vocals are brilliant, the lyrics are much better than those of many of their peers and they manage to make music that is both intelligent and fun at the same time. Remember how excited everyone was about The Wonder Years? Meet your new favourite band.

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02:57 PM on 08/19/12
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It sounds pretty great live. Well heard some of it when I saw them with Silverstein. I recommend it if you like Make Do and Mend or Polar Bear Club.
05:36 PM on 08/19/12
Blake Solomon
A tree you cannot cut.
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i always thought their last ep just ended up getting lost in the shuffle, so to speak. this one sounds a bit more promising though.
07:18 PM on 08/19/12
always hungry.
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that RIYL
08:23 PM on 08/19/12
Cold hands, Lips blue
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Steven Kennedy's old band Living Like Ghost had seriously good song writing. Looking forward to this based off the RIYL and Review.
12:18 PM on 08/20/12
State Champs / Derek
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07:17 PM on 08/20/12
hate on me then you hate success
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went to high school with two of these guys. their other band seemed shitty but this isnt bad
03:04 AM on 08/21/12
The Things We Think We're Missing
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Wow, never heard before of this guys, but I've listened to the titletrack and it's a really cool song. Will check this out when it will come out.
05:55 PM on 08/23/12
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If you wanted to hear a couple tracks in their live form.

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