theSTART - Death Via Satellite (Cover Artwork)


theSTART: Death Via SatelliteDeath Via Satellite (2003)
Nitro Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5
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Contributed by: maverickScott
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I kinda feel bad for theSTART. They haven't had the easiest career ever, being signed to two labels in a row that both folded before their music could ever really get any promotion. They have never done any serious club touring, instead being thrown on bills with arena rock giants like Weezer and .
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I kinda feel bad for theSTART. They haven't had the easiest career ever, being signed to two labels in a row that both folded before their music could ever really get any promotion. They have never done any serious club touring, instead being thrown on bills with arena rock giants like Weezer and Incubus. That is no way to make a fanbase, and it shows - no one seems to know who theSTART is.

Sadly, this EP won't do much to change that. Nothing out of the six songs here sticks to my ribs with any sort of pleasantness. In fact, not much of anything sticks at all. Frontwoman Aimee Echo's vocals border on the obnoxious in "Hi Flyer," and try to imitate Debbie Harry-esque snottiness in "Big Shot" and "The 1234" but can't hold a candle to the Blondie legend. The music is rather bland, paint-by-numbers nu-new wave stuff. Heavy on the synths, light on the actual songwriting talent. There just isn't much going on here at all.

It's a shame, because what I remember of their 2001 LP Shakedown!, there were some bright spots on the disc [especially single "Gorgeous"]. Upon second inspection, it seems like all the bright spots on that disc were created through good production, something this EP also lacks. The drums sound paper thin, and the bass sound is as flimsy as cardboard. The last track, the 6 minute quasi-epic "Trinity" displays these pockmarks all too well when the band gets to the "rock out" part. There's just nothing to rock out to here. Nothing at all.

theSTART - Death Via Satellite
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Anonymous (May 3, 2006)

I am sorry that Scott has no taste in music. I have worked at Tower Records for over four years. Being one of the perks of the job, I get to listen to a lot of good music and a lot of bad. I can't believe he gave this cd that low of a fucking rating. I seriously sugest that you find someone with a broader taste in music to review your cd's. This cd is actually really good, in spite of what Scott has to say.

Anonymous (June 12, 2004)

I like this band, its not your stanard three chord bullshit, and the chick is hot.

Anonymous (June 7, 2004)

It's the reviewer's JOB to know the facts.

Anonymous (June 3, 2004)

wow does this suck. who cares if the reviewer is right or wrong about a couple of facts these guys are lucky to even have their crap reviewed. actually i think the chick from this band owes this dude a sloppy yawn just for the pr.

Anonymous (June 3, 2004)


why did nitro take THESE guys? Looks like a Wilhelm Scream will be covering Nitro's budget as far as the new bands go, they can afford the start I guess.

Anonymous (May 31, 2004)

Yeah...I agree. These douchebags are on here defending themselves by posing as anonymous "Start fans." This band blows and their goofy self-promotion-by-posing-as-thier-own-fans thing is even worse than their records.

Anonymous (May 31, 2004)

many people are probably going to point out that theStart does an insane amount of club touring. they've been doing small clubs since the beginning and have a large fan base. i'm glad that they aren't an instant hit like some of these other bands that you see all the time. i'm glad that they don't write obvious songs that get jaded music critics to "rock out" but instead write songs that theStart's fans love to pieces. plus i know that they don't put out CDs to please other people. they don't sit down and say "gosh, what would scott at punknews.org think about this song? maybe we should write something that would stick to his ribs," in fact i don't think they could care less about people reviewing CDs who don't know anything about the band other than their label affiliation and a couple tours that they did three years ago. they couldn't care less about people that keep bringing up blondie. in my opinion if you're going to go back in time to pick a female fronted group and compare them at least pick the plasmatics. unless you don't know who they are because you were listening to disco bands like blondie back then. anyway, i don't think that this EP is the best recording that i've ever heard but the live version of those songs would kick your dick in the dirt. the EP doesn't even sound like it's mixed and it does sound very different from the OVER produced album shakedown. you thought that DVS was "paint-by-numbers" but thought that gorgeous was a good song? wow. i'm not going to say very much about the new album because i don't want to be unfair to all the people who are dying to hear it, but i think it's going to make every reviewer into a fan of theStart. all i can say is that you need to be more informed about the bands that you comment on. nobody knows about them? go to thestart.org and take a look around, especially at the speakout. arena rock giants? incubus? if you were more current maybe you would have said something about the alkaline trio tour (which was still a year ago) or you'd have known about the tiny venues (like the fireside bowl) that they play. did you know that they have a new rhythm section? i think even you would be pleased with the way the bass and drums sound now. alright, in closing, you were somewhat correct about the way the EP was mixed, which is why i don't give it a 10, but most of the comments that you made were uninformed, dated and unoriginal. the new album, initiation, might make you happy. it comes out in august.
my name is puke, i am not anonymous. thank you for your time.

Anonymous (May 31, 2004)

haha what a bunch of fucking cocks.

Anonymous (May 31, 2004)

all 4 comments below this were each posted by a different member of The Start.

way to revive some cred.

Anonymous (May 30, 2004)

the start is a very talented band. have you ever seen them live? i didn't think so, because this review was awfully biased. also, the start does have thousands of fans. just go to www.thisisthestart.com at the messageboards. also, have some background information before you go writing reviews. i'm not a professional reviewer by any means, but it seams like you didn't research this band very well, especially when talking about their touring. seriously, you need real references for people to take your reviews with any credibility.

Anonymous (May 30, 2004)

No one seems to know who theSTART is? Yea, that's why they have fans all over the world.

Anonymous (May 30, 2004)

So you think they've never done any "serious club touring?" Do some research before you write a review. They in fact play smaller venues much more often than larger ones.

Anonymous (May 30, 2004)

"They have never done any serious club touring"

I don't really know what you're talking about. I've seen them open for smaller shows multiple times, and they've headlined around here quite a bit.

xmidipunkbastardx (May 29, 2004)

they'll make it big, i mean, hey! - they have a site on music.download.com! =)

Anonymous (May 28, 2004)

They ripped up the show I saw when they opened for Alkaline Trio and One Man Army. The Shakedown is descent, with the first two songs being above stellar.

Fuzzy (May 28, 2004)

Big Shot is a Billy Joel cover. I enjoy this EP, but they aren't a band I'd pay more than 5 bucks to see.

inagreendase (May 28, 2004)

Yeah, this band was meh when I saw them open for Weezer. I heard more people the next day talking about how awful theSTART was instead of how good Weezer was. Oh, and "nu-new wave" made me laugh.

Allular (May 28, 2004)

Actually, the Start have been on tours with The Used, Coheed and Cambria, AFI and Alkaline Trio too... having FATA book you will you help when it comes to that.

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