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Rock Kills Kid

Rock Kills Kid: Rock Kills KidRock Kills Kid (2003)
Fearless Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: BandAidEmilyBandAidEmily
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So-Cal Band Makes Good... For Once. From today's southern California scene, after being plagued with unbearably large numbers of Hurley-loving, Blink-worshipping knockoffs, comes Rock Kills Kid. While listening to this EP the first time through, I caught myself asking, "Who does this sound lik.
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So-Cal Band Makes Good... For Once.

From today's southern California scene, after being plagued with unbearably large numbers of Hurley-loving, Blink-worshipping knockoffs, comes Rock Kills Kid.

While listening to this EP the first time through, I caught myself asking, "Who does this sound like?!" To be quite blunt, the first three songs didn't do much for me. They were satisfactory, to say the least, but definitely weak points for this band. I'd have to say that the last two cuts are where it's at.

On track five, "Immanuel", I picked up a sweet hint of the Cars' vocals mixed with a passionate melody that one could only compare to that of Bad Religion. "God, what a beautiful musical fusion," my little brother replied with a smile. Indeed, and one which they pull off quite gracefully.

Honestly, though, it's unfair to compare them to anyone. I found this record a bit hard to classify, which I loved. On "Again" (my personal favorite), I latched onto the harmonic throwbacks and guitar arrangements reminiscent to those found on Jimmy Eat World's "Clarity", and after saying that it was pretty much inevitable that I would fall in love with this song. Lyrically, front man Jeff Tucker successfully dabbles around with words of self-doubt ("Dream", "Miracle"), bittersweet loneliness ("Everything to Me"), and a naivety ("Be There") that can only be found in a band-on-the-verge such as Rock Kills Kid.

I believe that with time and patience, these California boys will mature into something great; but for right now they need to settle in with their new label, get comfortable touring, and, most importantly, grow together as a unit. Case in point: This is a great CD, definitely worth buying (or at least listening to ONCE), a wonderful jumping off point for the band; and if their live vocals are anywhere close to those on this discā?¦ I'll be hooked forever.

 

 
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Anonymous (March 17, 2003)

i bet emily wants to sleep with this band

manimal (March 17, 2003)

These guys are awesome! I'm so glad to hear a somewhat different style coming from So-Cal! I interviewed these guys a while ago, and it's so great to talk to a band that actually cares about the music! Rock on guys!

Anonymous (March 7, 2003)

whoever said they ripped off oingo boingo is smoking crack and a shitload of it at that!

Anonymous (March 4, 2003)

these guys suck ass, and the reviewer is an idiot, it's not Carsesque, they ripped off Oingo Boingo it's a dead man's party, shit you morons who are supposed to know about music don't know dick

Anonymous (February 27, 2003)

This band is seriously the next big band in rock n'roll!!!

Anonymous (January 30, 2003)

Good stuff, but just barely fringing on being too poppy. et's hope a mjor won't consume them, if they expand on their sound and keep a n edge to it and not become a "dime a dozen" emo band this band will have a bright future.

Anonymous (January 30, 2003)

i did see them live and their live vocals ARE great. They looked and sounded very professional, these guys have a bright future. I look forward to seeing them again.

Anonymous (January 30, 2003)

It's ok....a bit poppy...but if you like that it'll suit your taste. I wouldn't compare it to bad religion at all.

Anonymous (January 30, 2003)

i think we all new that

Anonymous (January 30, 2003)

not rock as in mineral

rock as in music

rock "music" kills kid

dignin (January 29, 2003)

Boy sets fire, rock kills kid. The classic story of man vs. nature.

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

"Charitable donation in Orange County? Yeah, that'll fly."

You know, that was almost funny...almost.

Vien (January 29, 2003)

It ain't the "Rock" that killed the kid.

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

these guys were way better as the jeff tucker extravaganza they had tons of energy now they are bland like everything else emo.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

These guys rock! They rocked as the Jeff Tucker Extravaganza and they rock now! i can't wait til they play chain reaction again, its gonna be great. i normally don't even listen to this kind of music but i love it!!!! rock on.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

This is pretty good, but I don't see anything special!

WussEmoRock (January 28, 2003)

Sickboi, I am not in school because it is semester break. If anyone lives in san francisco, I will be trucking up there on thursday for a few days. So, if you have an food you want to part with, I'd be obliged.

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

bandaidemily (January 28, 2003)

sickboi...

your comment made me laugh, thank you. if you knew me you'd know i'm far from groupie. that nickname came from the wonderful scott heisel, and i don't understand whyyyyy he would even think of it. ha.

pope_schlomo (January 28, 2003)

Don't like the name. Don't like the music. I may consider it an offense to promote the sounds of this band as Cure/Bad Religion-esqe.

Ramo
(I invented a word)

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

who gives a crap about their band name....there are a million horrible band names.....it's the music that matters and these guys are amazing!

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

The name of this band is horrible. In fact, most of these "noun verb noun" band names are bad. It's become so repetitive.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

Strange that they would go through a name change and pick another bad one.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

Charitable donation in Orange County? Yeah, that'll fly.

-sickboi

maverick (January 28, 2003)

Sickboi, maybe you can write off WussEmoRock as a charitable donation or something on your tax returns.

-Scott

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

Why aint you in school Wuss? PLaying hooky, eh? My taxmoney is being wasted on your sorry ass I can see.

-sickboi

WussEmoRock (January 28, 2003)

Rock Kills Kids use to be Jeff Tucker Extravaganza (named after one of the guys in the band, Jeff). I don't know which name is worse? probably the new one. horrible cd cover as well, although the music isn't too bad. good luck in the future guys!

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

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

So is this "Bandaid Emily" chick a groupie? Cause' thats what a bandaid is. Giving it up to the rockers, god bless you my dear.

-sickboi

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

decent band, terrible, terrible name.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

Track 17 is my favorite on this album. What a wonderful band. More like cock kills kid. it's beautiful.

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