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The DSC Project

The DSC Project: Very Number OneVery Number One (2003)
Self-Released

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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This Florida rock outfit has a sound that is hard to pin down. At times they are power pop, then all of a sudden there is Coalesce style screaming, then there is a Foo Fighter's style ballad. What the hell? I can't label them if they won't stay in one place. But seriously though, genre jumping i.
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This Florida rock outfit has a sound that is hard to pin down. At times they are power pop, then all of a sudden there is Coalesce style screaming, then there is a Foo Fighter's style ballad. What the hell? I can't label them if they won't stay in one place. But seriously though, genre jumping is something I approve of. While this album didn't grab me terribly, the twists were enough to keep my interest. The lingering sound the album leaves is something like maybe Finch or The Used, but again, I think these guys take more departures from that popular sound.

Track three "Break Up Break Down" is a great pop song, and obviously the band knows it because they submitted it to Asian Man and landed a spot on Underground Screams, the label's recent unsigned band compilation. The song has stop and go guitars in the verses with quick-tongued lyrics over the gaps, and the chorus reminds me of the Smoking Popes â?? not vocally, but the fact that such a catchy melody is over a riff with a more odd chord progression than most pop tunes.

However, there are a few songs on here that make this band seem really immature. "Having Sex with You" for exampleâ?¦ need I say more? If you name a song this, it should be over the top and hilarious, which it is not. And then there is "Mars," with it's message that the planet is not suitable for him because it doesn't have The Simpsons and Grand Theft Auto. While these are two things that I enjoy, I would never put them in a song. It just seems lame unless a band is playing that nerd angle (aka Nerfherder). Plus, they also mention the band itself and it's members, something that might fly with their local crowd, but will turn off any new listener as being too self-centered.

The majority of the tracks I enjoy- the other high points of the album being the opener "Go Getter" with it's minor and (sometimes chromatic) chord progressions, driving tempo and appropriate screaming levels. "Snake in the Grass" has mellow verses and then kicks it into high gear, just to go back again. There is also a hilarious-at-first-then cool half scream half sob in the second verse when he says "All I wanted was to love, to know that I could trust you." This song pulls off the pop/scream mix well.

This band needs to decide to take the silly road of a band with lyrics like The Vandals, or else drop all the childish bits. The music is not half-bad due to unique progressions and frequent stylistic changes. I can't see this getting into my regular CD rotation, merely because it's just not up my alley, it might be for you.

 


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Anonymous (August 18, 2004)

DSC used to be cool....

MGreeny (May 30, 2004)

When I saw them live in Palm City, Florida, I didn't think they where half bad. So I bought the album. BIG MISTAKE!!! They're so emo and poppy, I can't stand it. Just go to there site and click on their links section. You'll get what kind of "punk" band they are once you see what bands they've got there.

They eat asshole.

GreenVandal (January 13, 2004)

So why did you pick this kid to be the new staff reviewer Scott? Because he cant seem to be able t say the word CRAP when he hears it.

This is vomit inducing.

Anonymous (January 12, 2004)

the best south florida hardcore band has got to be Get The Ammo. Just saw them play with Where Fear and Weapons Meet and Until the end, and they were freakin awesome! Check 'em out!!!

Anonymous (January 12, 2004)

the legendary coalesce mentioned in a review of my band!! not bad. thanks for the honest review punknews.org!
tim smith
www.thedscproject.com

Anonymous (January 11, 2004)

Its funny because I just saw these guys live in Palm City, FL. There were a bunch of bands there, a decent local show. The snake in the grass song is kick ass but the rest of their stuff is good but very average. I have never heard this cd nor do I ever plan on it but these guys are still way young and can only improve. Another good local Florida band is story of midnight, which I seem to enjoy more than the DSC project. Either way the guys did play live with a bunch of energy and who knew that Martin County, FL thats right bitches would have so many up and coming bands.

greg0rb (January 11, 2004)

Oh please, Scott... you know better than I do just how stupid most people's arguements are on this site. Everyone's always the right one...blah blah... i wont listen. I'm aware of the irony of what I just said, so shut it.
-Greg

maverick (January 10, 2004)

No offense Greg, but it's kind of unfair to attack someone and then tell them that you're not even going to bother listening to a rebuttal.

-Scott

greg0rb (January 10, 2004)

BSD, why must you be an ass? I mean c'mon. Didn't your momma ever tell you "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"? Stop posting please.
(I'm expecting a backlash from a person like you, so go ahead... I won't read them.)
-Greg

Anonymous (January 10, 2004)

next release is out March 2004. A split CD with a Minnesotan band called Eastside Heroes.

www.eastsiderock.net

Anonymous (January 9, 2004)

Haha. This review totally turned me on to a hot new band!

Psych.

-BSD

PetroBPettson (January 9, 2004)

"This Florida rock outfit has a sound that is hard to pin down. At times they are power pop, then all of a sudden there is Coalesce style screaming, then there is a Foo Fighter’s style ballad. "

Pure crap......Hey, they were easy to pin down.

i-type-poorly (January 9, 2004)

"did runaway orange and these guys get together and make sure that their covers matched really closely?"

hahaha, thought the SAME exact thing when i first saw that cover.

Anonymous (January 9, 2004)

did runaway orange and these guys get together and make sure that their covers matched really closely?

-benz

inagreendase (January 9, 2004)

good review, but i think i'll wait until the next release.

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