Read the Book, Saw the Movie (Soda Jerk)
by Tim Den
Eat your hearts out, Get Up Kids fans everywhere (not just because another band has taken on cardigans and collar-shirts as uniforms either). Here’s a band that does that “cute boy” pop-punk thing better than most, sounding like a mixture of bands that they’ve spent road time with: Alkaline Trio, Dillinger Four, The Appleseed Cast, and The Stereo (whose drummer, incidentally, recorded this album). Supposedly, Cadillac Blindside can pull off “At The Drive-In-ish” live shows, which is hard to believe (considering how much physical harm results from it). But at least with a solid and melodic, harmony-filled, attention-grabbing record like this that makes use of interwoven instruments, I for one will be going to see them in the flesh to find out for myself (opener “At Wit’s End” is a killer).
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