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Side Walk Slam: ...And We Drive...And We Drive (2003)
Tooth & Nail Records
Reviewer Rating: 2.5
Contributed by: JiveSideJiveSide
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Indiana power-trio Side Walk Slam is very young, very now, and very good at what they do. Unfortunately, with youth comes inexperience, now isn't terribly interesting, and what they do is not very exciting. "...And We Drive", the latest offering from Josiah Curtis (vocals, bass), Neil Endicott (gu.
Indiana power-trio Side Walk Slam is very young, very now, and very good at what they do. Unfortunately, with youth comes inexperience, now isn't terribly interesting, and what they do is not very exciting. "...And We Drive", the latest offering from Josiah Curtis (vocals, bass), Neil Endicott (guitar, vocals), and Matt Jackson (drums) is nothing more than predictable pop-punk reared on the many faced teats of the mid-nineties pop-punk scene; yet another band that sounds like MxPx, Blink-182, and anything else that's painted in child-safe rock and roll fronted by limp-wristed vocals. It's a shame that so many bands from this scene are capable of playing their music extremely well but fail to make their music worth caring about or interesting in the first place. You want songs about relationships and fun? Just pick one from the pile. You want a band with a tight rhythm section that can play just shy of fast but never at slow? You want a record that lasts about a half-hour, nothing more, nothing less? I might as well blindly pick one for you from the bin. Side Walk Slam is a good band, I would never claim that they, nor any of their fellow scenesters, are bad musicians who play in horrible bands. But Side Walk Slam share the same pulse as every other young, talented, mid-west pop-punk band, and this is what makes them irrelevant, uninteresting, and anonymous in the world of rock and roll.
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