Bedford/The Super Eighteen/Sometimes 7/Flotation Walls
4 Way Split CD (Grub Records)
By: Jeb Branin
This 4 way split CD is a real mixed bag with everything from pop punk to college pop to indie to total crap. It breaks down something like this. BEDFORD kicks off the disc in fine form. Their pop punk is pretty rockin' and upbeat. Good production, well written songs and fun filled pop make this a great listen. Bedford can honestly be called a party pressed in plastic. Not true of THE SUPER EIGHTEEN. Although they have a few nice hooks and the guitars are solid enough the campy vocals and disjointed writing really gets on the nerves. I wonder if SUPER EIGHTEEN are embarrassed by these songs? They might me, considering they don't even list the names of the songs anywhere. Yuck. SOMETIMES 7 are next and their guitar heavy pop is quirky and rockin' with odd ball hooks that work surprisingly well. They have a really sharp pop sensibility and aren't afraid to tweak everything from the guitars to the vocals to the timing for the sake of making a song memorable. THE FLOTATION WALLS are a bizarre indie rock band whose sense of humor is far more memorable than their idiosyncratic music. This is one of those bands that has the talent to do just about anything they want and don't have enough sense NOT to do exactly that (anything they want to). Their music jumps all over the place both stylistically and presentationally. At their best the remind me of DEVO. Nothing fancy about the packaging of the CD except my copy came with a BEDFORD patch that was hand screened on Dr. Suess fabric. I gotta call that a plus, don't I?
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