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Socratic

Socratic: It's Getting LateIt's Getting Late (2003)
No Milk

Reviewer Rating: 1.5
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I can't give much background on this band as the CD did not come with a bio, and neither their website nor No Milk's had anything about them. I gather they are from New Jersey, and that they are still in high school, as noted by their song "Break Out the Violins" with the lyric of "if the rest of m.
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I can't give much background on this band as the CD did not come with a bio, and neither their website nor No Milk's had anything about them. I gather they are from New Jersey, and that they are still in high school, as noted by their song "Break Out the Violins" with the lyric of "if the rest of my high school love life is gonna be how it is now…"

Despite all this mystery as to their background, there is not much mystery to the music. No thought provoking lyrics to ponder, no complex music to wrap your brain around, no unique sound to catch the ear. It's Getting Late is pretty standard pop punk (with the emo twist, the thing to do these days) all with a high school immaturity.

"Troma," like most of the tracks, tries so hard to be catchy, but falls flat because of the singer's inability to hit the high notes. Also, the chorus lyrics are based around one of my most-hated pop punk fall-backs "Oh, can't you see?" complete with the whole band joining in vocally. There are sickeningly emo lyrics abound on this disc, such as in otherwise decent "Sleepless Nights"- "Run me over with your car / I'll probably feel better than you do" and in "Switzerland"- "I never knew that drowning could feel so good."

However Socratic's musicianship is fairly solid (especially if they are indeed in high school), and if this CD were just the music without the flat, thin vocals, it would be hard to tell them apart from their older pop punk colleagues. They also throw in some interesting tempo changes as in the opener "Decay" whose intro halts to open up in a brand new speed when the vocals kick in. "Break Out the Violins" is a pretty weak song until thirty seconds from the end it stops suddenly to burst into a driving ending and catchy vocals, making you think it's a different song. The last track "Dead for Days" would have to be the best track, but that's not saying too much. The vocals are catchy but again are weakened due to the singer's lack to hit the low notes, high notes and even the notes smack-dab in his range.

I have little tolerance for any more bands sounding like this, so they better be damn tight at least. Socratic is not.

 

 
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nfgpunker728 (September 26, 2005)

in my opinon..this cd kicked ass! it was so amaazing. its a different but amazing tone of music. this cd is highly recommened. everyone should have.

ashleybabe06 (November 14, 2004)

is** haha

ashleybabe06 (November 14, 2004)

socratic hes awsome heck yes

ashleybabe06 (November 12, 2004)

dude socratic is awesome they played in dallas 2 days ago and they were great and i met duane the guitarist/vocalist and he was really nice and hot .. and hes 19 most of them are 19 or 20 and they are just getting started theyve been playing together since they were in middle (or was it highschool cant really remember) but yea there old stuff wasnt as good as there new stuff is but thats ok becuz there awsome now!!!

Anonymous (August 10, 2004)

oh yeah and they also were at warped tour this year and all over the eastern u.s.

Anonymous (August 10, 2004)

well i can tell you about socratic, they're from my town, cranford NJ, they're out of highschool, and are awsome, i recomend u meet them and stuff

Anonymous (July 15, 2004)

Socratic is awsome and all the guys in the group are great as well. There all pretty much just out of highschool/ a few years into collage. I dont understand why people have bad things to say about them or there lyrics there new stuff is great they are just getting started and just getting out there! So all u punk ass bitches that said shit should shut ur f***ing mouths becuause you wish you only had half the talent they do!!!!!!!

Anonymous (May 25, 2004)

The Socratic sound has completely changed since this effort
Drive-Thru didn't sign them on the merit of this EP. There new material speaks for itself. Bands evolve you know.

Anonymous (April 28, 2004)

so forget stephanie, who's the chick in the most recent pictures on the hellogoodbye site??

Manman (April 27, 2004)

It is thrilling to see another High-School band trying to push its way into the pop-punk industry. I admire their willpower to even attempt doing anything more than getting stoned before going to prom or something, but the fact they chose to try making pop-punk sickens me.

Listening to depressed adolescents whine and groan about how they are being repressed is about as welcome as drinking a jug full of expired orange-juice with the knowledge that there is a dead fish in there. They didn't even follow the Socratic method! How can you be named something and not live up to the name? They self-proclaim to be Socratic but are more boorish than that. Michael Jackson self-proclaimed himself as the 'King of Pop' but that doesn't make him the 'King of Pop' in any degree.

As soon as these kids realize that they are making music to fit the stereotypical raging teen, they may advance somewhere ... in Burger King.

Anonymous (April 25, 2004)

Scores for the possible Bill & Ted reference below. Those are great movies.

-Strewtho

inagreendase (April 25, 2004)

"Does anyone have a link to a pic of Stephanie from Drive-Thru??"

Hellogoodbye's web site has a couple photo albums, one of which is when they signed the contract with Drive-Thru. Steph and Rich are in some of the pictures.

Anonymous (April 24, 2004)

Does anyone have a link to a pic of Stephanie from Drive-Thru??

thriceequalsgod (April 24, 2004)

no wonder DT signed them...

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

bet you reines the fat bitch just wants to fuck one. stupid mongoloid bitch.

c'mon now, she's not that big...

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

lame

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

Yeah, these guys are from NJ. They just got signed to Drive Thru last I heard. They're all in college I think, the drummer goes to my friends college at least. Not really a big fan of the band at all but thought I'd drop some info.

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

This score is for the reviewer expecting something groundbreaking from a high-school band.

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

How's it going So-Crates?!

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

aren't they on drive thru? bet you reines the fat bitch just wants to fuck one. stupid mongoloid bitch.

Anonymous (April 23, 2004)

drive-who?

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