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Staring Back

Staring Back: OnOn (2002)
Lobster Records

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Some bands tend to improve over time by choosing a slow, moderate increase in skill. Others however evolve and go through total metamorphasis in a remarkably short timespan. If you've heard of STARING BACK before the release of "On" and have made any judgments based on their prior material, you need.
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Some bands tend to improve over time by choosing a slow, moderate increase in skill. Others however evolve and go through total metamorphasis in a remarkably short timespan. If you've heard of STARING BACK before the release of "On" and have made any judgments based on their prior material, you need to drop them quck because they are no longer relevant. "On" is a stunning collection of sensationally well-played melodic hardcore that takes the precision and musicianship of LAGWAGON, and bolsters it with engaging vocals and ever-thoughtful song arrangements. Guitars surge and slice, vocals range from soaring to screaming, and the drums continually pound with reckless abandon. Cameron Webb's huge production style holds the collective adhesive together in getting STARING BACK to completely gel. The tightness of the band and Webb's ultra clean sound works to the listener's advantage as it enhances the intracacies of each song.

Most enjoyable with "On" is the degree to which the songs are sequenced together, showing much skill in mating those rampant full-fledged hardcore moments ("Haunted") with the slicker, but just as dark cuts "Invite Only" and the ridiculously fast, "X-Out." Overally, the lyrical content is strong and the vocal hooks are abundant, but nothing reaches the pinnacle of the song "Me, 5 Years From Now, Somewhere Else" where vocalist Matt Evans croons, "So don't talk me down, I make the sound." Yeah, that's not leaving my head anytime soon. "On" finishes up riding high with the tunes, "Six Eyes Too Far Away," and the ripper, "The Problem With Fire," that latter of which concludes with some torrential guitar chugs - an all-out display of power. Lastly, the artwork with this disc is very sharp and fits with the sonically loud theme of the album - a touch that helps complete the wholeness of the release.

The word "impressive" might be an understatement when considering how many other bands have come and gone in trying this sound and falling in their tracks. STARING BACK have something to be real proud of with "On" and given the high quality of the execution they take to their songs, melodic hardcore has just received a furious injection of passion and excitement.

 

 
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Anonymous (March 10, 2003)

great fuckin cd!

Anonymous (October 28, 2002)

Melodic hardcore? Uh, no. But I still like the cd. Check out the review at punkbands.com/reviews.

WussEmoRock (October 26, 2002)

this is a great cd, everyone make sure you pick it up. staring back are awesome!

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock*****

Anonymous (October 26, 2002)

EXCELLENT disc, but I still like Over It's Timing Is Everything way more.

Anonymous (October 26, 2002)

If somewhat happens to Lagwagon in the near future, I know Staring Back would take their spot. Recorded around the same time of Over It's "Timing Is Everything", you knew this was going to be killer. Every song there was great. Though I liked the demo version of "X-Out" better than the new one. Can't wait for the new Park CD. Jordan pastepunk fuckin rules!

Ramo

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

I saw these guys at Warped Tour... they were pretty good, I'll check this out.

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

Truly, honestly, the best album of the year, with Over It right behind. This CD is just so awesome. Songwriting, production, everything.

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

I just listened to the invite only and I dont really hear the lagwagon connection. It reminds me of NFG a little bit except these guys can actually play their instruments pretty well. I liked it..and yes that break down part was cool as fuck

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

The song "invite only" on the lobster site is cool as fuck. The break down part is rockin.

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

This is hands down one of the most innovative punk rock releases of the past 5 years. The recording, the songs, the layout, everything just clicks. I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone...doesn't matter what you're into.

Anonymous (October 25, 2002)

The best record I've heard in quite a long time.

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