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Damone: From The AtticFrom The Attic (2003)
Sony Music Entertainment

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: JosephJoseph
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I recently went to an Ataris show at a local club, and though I'd never heard of the opening band, I decided I should give Damone a chance. After all, the vocalist had cool stickers all over her guitar, and if I left my spot up front. I'd never get it back. I was quite surprised. At first I .
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I recently went to an Ataris show at a local club, and though I'd never heard of the opening band, I decided I should give Damone a chance. After all, the vocalist had cool stickers all over her guitar, and if I left my spot up front. I'd never get it back.

I was quite surprised.

At first I thought I was hearing your average generic pop-punk band with bad vocals and mildly catchy instrumentals. Then halfway into "Up To You", the lead guitarist completely blew me and the crowd away with a (though I didn't know it at the time) partially improvised solo that sent us all into a frenzy. To be fair, the sound levels at the show were horrible, with drums drowning out just about everything, so I hadn't formed a valid opinion on Damone's music yet, but what really caught my attention was the guitar work. So, when Noelle, the vocalist, told us their debut would be released through RCA soon, I decided I'd buy it.

Best 8 bucks I've spent on music in the past couple months.

The album opens up with "Frustrated, Unnoticed," their single and although not really one of the best songs on the album, it's laden with catchy pop punk fun that somehow don't feel reminiscent of other bands to me. This is probably largely due to the female vocals, my first impression of which was "If Avril Lavigne actually knew how to do punk rock, this is probably what she'd sound like, but with a little more talent."

Right about here, the punker-than-thou kids are going to decide that this cd is completely and entirely trash-worthy and prepare their scathing comments. And they're entirely justified. If you want 'real' punk rock, you wont find it here.

However, this isn't to say Damone is necessarily bad music. It's lighthearted, entertaining, and refreshingly different from the nasal vocals and repetitive guitar work I've heard from other new pop-punk bands, such as Simple Plan.

My largest complaint is that even though her voice gets stuck in my head, Noelle needs some work. She has a good sounding voice, but the full potential of her voice is not realized anywhere on the album. She'll learn though, she's only 17 right now. Then again, isn't Avril?

The guitar work, as I mentioned before, is unlike anything I've heard from a pop-punk band before. With solos scattered generously throughout the album, and the use of harmonics in a few places, as well as on "Up To You", a harmonized solo (which sadly sounds like it was generated in studio, but still sounds lovely) between the two guitarists (Noelle plays rhythym guitar). I have to say, the guitar work is where this band shines most. For a good example of this, check out "Driveway Blues".

What will really eat at many fans is Damone's lyrics. While the words sound fine coming out of Noelle's mouth, if I saw them on paper (and the album doesn't come with discography in the foldout) I'd probably cringe. Here's an excerpt from a song:

"You're at the mall and I'm missing you, you've got it all and you know I care."
Hardly inspired. The guitar solo that comes after the chorus is repeated a few times makes me feel better about listening to it though. Which brings me back, once again, to the solos. Although they're everywhere, they tend to come after the chorus is repeated a few times in most songs at around the same time. This doesn't necessarily feel repetitive, but it is.

With this in mind, if you're looking for a pop punk cd that doesn't, at any point, have a 30 year old male singing about high school, definitely spend the ten or so dollars it takes to pick up From the Attic. Granted, your 30 year old male is replaced by a high school age girl, but isn't that change of pace just what we all need?

 

 
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quin (February 25, 2008)

the love the cd! - feelbad vibe and overchay with me ( in my opinion)are just perfect songs! the songs are so pop-influenced - On my mind and carwash romance takes pop-punk to the extreme - but the songsstill sound good sound good.

quin (February 25, 2008)

the love the cd! - feelbad vibe and overchay with me ( in my opinion)are just perfect songs! the songs are so pop-influenced - On my mind and carwash romance takes pop-punk to the extreme - but the songsstill sound good sound good.

peaceonmars (June 8, 2006)

I saw Damone with Less Than Jake a while ago, and they were pretty fucking terrible. Lame as hell. The girl had tons of scene necklaces and some "punk shirt" that said fuck you on it. And in between songs she talked like she was out of breath even though she didn't move at all while she was singing, and she had only sang one song. She wasn't even sweating!

4indie (March 28, 2006)

Has anyone seen Damone's Public Service Announcement?Its hilarious. Everyone needs to check this out if you havent already. http://www.mtvu.com/music/artists/damone/psa/

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Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

their new album is going to put this one to shame

Anonymous (May 16, 2003)

The guitar work is unique and different for the genre it's in. Pop-punk is known for powerchords, powerchords, and more powerchords, and this band departs from that. I didn't say Dave was the next Randy Rhoads.

She CAN sing, she just isn't doing it as well as she could... Wasn't that made clear? Oh well.

Anonymous (May 16, 2003)

Uhhh the guitar work is average.

-feedmynightmare
ps- that girl cant sing for shit. i dont care how good she could be, right now shes terrible. how does a band with a singer that cant sing get signed to RCA?????

Anonymous (May 10, 2003)

i saw this band with authority zero and they blew live. the only thing that was cool was the 12 string guitar. their album is good though

Joseph (May 10, 2003)

I didn't say their live show was incredible. Everyone kinda sat around and bobbed their heads around, then Dave broke into a few solos and people started getting into it. They're better in studio, but upon learning that Noelle's singing Dave's lyrics from an interview I read, I have to say that kinda diminished how much I enjoy the band, If I knew how, I'd bring the rating down to a 6.

Anonymous (May 10, 2003)

I live near MA and saw this band once. They were boring.

Anonymous (May 9, 2003)

I dont have the cd yet but I've listened to some of thier tracks, and imo its great.

sk8punx4evr (May 9, 2003)

i saw damone when they opened for catch 22 in december. i didn't like the music but the site of 2 headbanging older men (lead guitarist and bassist) made it an interesting watch.

Anonymous (May 9, 2003)

Im rockin a bmx bike!

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