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The Arrivals

The Arrivals: Northern HospitalityNorthern Hospitality (2002)
Thick Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: maverickScott
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I've had this 4 song teaser EP in my stereo repeating all morning long with my brother sitting next to me, and my brother's only contribution to my opinion is that "this sounds like Screeching Weasel." I don't hear that at all. Mainly because I don't like Screeching Weasel, but moreso because I .
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I've had this 4 song teaser EP in my stereo repeating all morning long with my brother sitting next to me, and my brother's only contribution to my opinion is that "this sounds like Screeching Weasel."

I don't hear that at all. Mainly because I don't like Screeching Weasel, but moreso because I think the Arrivals have a more diverse style of pop-punk that they tackle with ease on this EP.

Each of these four tracks covers a different feel of pop-punk, but it's all uniquely Arrivals. "Analee" is a nice Lookout!-era Green Day-ish romp that's over before you know it. "Dirty Inches" is the second of two tracks that will be on the Arrivals' upcoming sophomore full-length "Exsenator Orange," [with the first being "Analee"] and the song is a bit heavier than it's predecessor, speeding up the tempo and dropping the guitar solo.

So since those two tracks will be on the new LP, are the other two songs just throwaways for the EP, or are they on par? Well, "Northern Hospitality" is incredibly fast-paced, and reminds me a ton of Dillinger Four. I can't stop drumming along to this song on my keyboard. Closing out the *incredibly* short EP [it barely cracks eight minutes] is the acoustic jam "Hearts In The Right Places." This sounds like a perfect drinking song about a broken heart, and I could see it becoming legendary if only more people knew about it.

So, all in all, it's 8 minutes and 4 songs worth of a good time. The CD ends before you even realize it, so I am just keeping it on repeat for the rest of the day.

Screeching Weasel, my ass.

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Analee

 

 
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Anonymous (June 15, 2004)

I just really liked the fact that it had my name in it. Not to many songs hace Analee in it, so I'd say it was a really good one!

Anonymous (December 30, 2002)

what's that "too bad they're on THICK" shite. Billy Spunke is a fucking awesome dude.

joshcore (December 29, 2002)

i'll take sreeching weasel any day over these guys. "analee" was a completely forgettable song.

Anonymous (December 29, 2002)

I don't have polio!

Anonymous (December 28, 2002)

yes, i was disappointed.
i was hoping to hear some good music, and had i agreed with the reviewer's tastes, i would've.

Anonymous (December 28, 2002)

Sounds like 13 Songs era Fugazi.

Anonymous (December 28, 2002)

You were disappointed that you disagreed with someone's opinion. That's a nice life you've built for yourself.

Anonymous (December 27, 2002)

"Haha. I didn't realize that link was mandatory. I thought it was there as an option for people to get a taste of the record. Why didn't someone tell me that Scott was MAKING us listen to that song? I feel as though I'm in violation of my civic duty."
Well I'm sorry sir, but when you continuously go on about how good a band are in a review, I feel obligated to download the song. Usually, the song stays true to the reviewer's words, however, this time I was sorely disappointed.

clevelandhardcore (December 27, 2002)

Dilinger Four is cool... the Dillinger Escape Plan is the best!!!

Anonymous (December 27, 2002)

This doesnt sound at all like Screeching Weasel or Face to Face. If you think that, you must own like 5 records, ya moron. This is a good little tase of the arrivals, but they are a lot better live.

Anonymous (December 27, 2002)

Haha. I didn't realize that link was mandatory. I thought it was there as an option for people to get a taste of the record. Why didn't someone tell me that Scott was MAKING us listen to that song? I feel as though I'm in violation of my civic duty.

Anonymous (December 27, 2002)

that song sucks.
why on earth did you make me listen to that?

Anonymous (December 26, 2002)

Yea really the weasel are quite amazing.

Anonymous (December 26, 2002)

Too bad they're on Thick Records. . .they are not the nicest people to work with!

Anonymous (December 26, 2002)

Scott, Dummy Up is an awesome song, you really don't know what you're talking about.

Anonymous (December 26, 2002)

Didn't this band play ska? - R

Anonymous (December 26, 2002)

The Arrivals are awesome. I'm glad D4 brought them to Minneapolis a couple months back to reintroduce me to their rock. How could I go so long in between listens to Goodbye New World? Damn I'm an idiot. And so are half of you dorks that responded to this. "It's not a single, it's shit." Wow. That blew my world apart.

Anonymous (December 25, 2002)

I saw them with dillinger four as well.. and is it just me or do they sound alot more "hardcore" live than on this album?

Ryan
www.emoisdead.net

Anonymous (December 25, 2002)

i seen them open for d4. I was pretty interested. Seemed good.

Anonymous (December 24, 2002)

I hear Face to Face and Screeching Weasel. Not bad, but not incredible. I'd rather listen to Screeching Weasel or Face to Face.

Anonymous (December 24, 2002)

Except itís not a single, itís a piece of shit. Wow this cd was good the first time I heard it, when it was called face to face. And it wasn't even good then. Yeah dude that last song will in fact become legendary. People from all over the world will hear that song playing and immediately drink the Jim Jones kool-aid. People will hear how bad music can be and will have to face their fears that there really isn't anything good left in the world. Where do you find these bands? Banging tambourines and handing out pamphlets at the airport? twat

Anonymous (December 24, 2002)

it's not an ep, it's a single. that's why it's so short.

Tahoejeff (December 24, 2002)

I dunno..its pretty good. I dont hear the screeching weasel similarity. I do hear a slight hint of d4 thought...this could be the bastard son of d4 and weezer.

evildeadalive (December 24, 2002)

Wow. Scott's pulling a wussemorock. Dude you know you are just lookin for trouble when you shit on a band as popular as Screeching Weasel. No way that was anything other than calculated.

Anyways, good band. And Screeching Weasel - Great Band.

Anonymous (December 24, 2002)

Good band.

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