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504plan: MinutiaMinutia (2003)
Self-Released

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: TheMarcTheMarc
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504plan's 2002 release Treehouse Talk was one of those releases where you buy it at a show, deem it fairly original, like it a whole lot, realize that no one else knows who the hell they are, and selfishly hope that the band stays small scale (Denver In Dallas is next. Sigh...). With the release .


504plan's 2002 release Treehouse Talk was one of those releases where you buy it at a show, deem it fairly original, like it a whole lot, realize that no one else knows who the hell they are, and selfishly hope that the band stays small scale (Denver In Dallas is next. Sigh...). With the release of this six song e.p., this Illinoisian 4-piece may be ready to step out of the shadows and into the light of intense scrutiny.

Minutia is noticeably less energetic and complex than Treehouse Talk. For better or for worse, the band's sound now resides somewhere in between the likes of Name Taken and Fallout Boy (which makes sense, seeing as how Fallout Boy lends their vocal stylings to some of the songs). The song structures are more melody-based and straightforward, which results in some very catchy songs such as "Breathing Deep" and "Talking In Circles". The strongest song, "Mall Madness', is what I had wished for the whole e.p. to be: faster, more technical, and far less lethargic than the other songs. Those of you looking for something more original may be slightly disappointed with the band's progression into just "another one of those damn emo-punk bands".

I have always loved the way Sean O' Keefe (Motion City Soundtrack, Spitalfield) produces an album, and this one is no exception. No one other than maybe Brian McTernan does drums better, as they come off sounding very punchy and loud, in addition to a very crisp and clear guitar sound. Lyrically, there's nothing mind shattering about it, with topics ranging from problems with girls to their love of music.

Overall, Minutia isn't that special, but could be worth a listen. 504plan is a band I'm sure you'll all be hearing more of very soon, and after one listen, I'll be damned if some of these songs don't get stuck in your head.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (July 5, 2005)

this band is frickin awesome - even though fall out boy is better , the best ever

Anonymous (January 8, 2004)

Their name is FIVE OH PLAN

Anonymous (January 6, 2004)

man i dont understand what the big deal is about there name, there a good band who cares if they have numbers in there name, and that local felons guy is a fucking homo dude you have nothign better to do except go on punk review websites andmake fun of bands get a life

Anonymous (January 5, 2004)

A friday night in D Major is the best song on this CD although everyone is good, I suggest you pick up both these CD's they will surprise you

Listen to Fathead(Treehouse Talk Number 6); It is the best lyrically written song ive ever heard you get moved by the emotion and anger he puts in it

Anonymous (January 2, 2004)

anyone that judges a band on it's name should slit their own throat. morons. the score is for all of those who have nothing better to do than criticize.

Anonymous (January 2, 2004)

"Not only are numbers stupid, but they can be misleading. I thought the 504 was for my area code"

me too....i'm in 504....moving to 407. represent...g...homey...slice...

actually i think the 504 plan is something to do with add...like special testing time and stuff for people who have add...i have adhd so it never helped me any...i'd get my test done on time like any normal motherfucker...just i'd get distracted by dustbunnies on the floor occassionally.

-jon the skafather...currently in 626(pasadena, cali)

Anonymous (January 1, 2004)

"Could you inform me as to how I am actually 'queer.'

Hmm?"

Dude just look at your posts, they scream HOMO

Anonymous (December 31, 2003)

I think I went to high school with these guys.

kirbypuckett (December 30, 2003)

"That Local Felons guy is a fucking queer."

Could you inform me as to how I am actually 'queer.'

Hmm?

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/
(I won $375 at Casino Niagara)

Anonymous (December 30, 2003)

you should only review cds of bands that are on tour, hello 504 there is so much more than just chicago. break up please

Anonymous (December 30, 2003)

fall out boy... shudder.

Anonymous (December 29, 2003)

"I'm going to start a band and name it
'The complete and utter eradication of all generic band names, ever!' It should fit well on a t-shirt."

yea but that uses an "!" thus making the name a cliche itself.

Anonymous (December 29, 2003)

ouch

Anonymous (December 29, 2003)

It occurs to me that many very talented musicians sabotage their own careers by trying too hard to be groundbreaking. Nobody original ever had to try to be, usually the ones who try just make boring, overcomplicated music that very few people can bother to appreciate. 504 is a bunch of talented guys who are just too scene for their own good.

Anonymous (December 28, 2003)

name taken and fall out boy? fucking weak.

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

That Local Felons guy is a fucking queer

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

AP broke up like 9 times. This band is boring, the first CD was more original than this crap. Honestly, I they haven't played much lately I thought they had broken up...who knew?

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

cuz i got hos...

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

much like their ex labelmates august premiere, they are a useless excuse for a band, and no one cares. Why do you think that AP broke up a month after their cd came out on fueled by ramen?

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

there's nothing i hate more than the phrase "vocal stylings", especially when it's coupled with band Fallout Boy. barf.

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

504 Boys?

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

Not only are numbers stupid, but they can be misleading. I thought the 504 was for my area code

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

Being from Chicago, and having these guys play here every other weekend, I can honestly say that these guys suck.

That is all. Thanks.

(I probably used too many commas, but seeing as how this is the internet, you can live with it).

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

damn keep talking shit you guys all have a clue

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

Sean is a well trained jazz drummer, that's why he's so damn good at it.

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

Once again, NO FUCKING NUMBERS IN BAND NAMES!!!

Jesus, you'd think people would fucking get the hint. Your band has a number which no one will remember, and it will only serve to confuse you with the rest of the idiotic and unoriginal band names out there.

I'm going to start a band and name it "The complete and utter eradication of all generic band names, ever!" It should fit well on a t-shirt.

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

Terrible name for a band, TERRIBLE.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

these guys blow....and so does fall out boy.

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

Well fuck him!

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

My best friend Randy likes this band.

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