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The Bank Robbers

The Bank Robbers: The Pattern ReversedThe Pattern Reversed (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 1.5
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I've gone ahead and summarized/paraphrased the info I gathered on this band The Bank Robbers to give you all a quick look at what these guys are like. Peruse at your leisure. The Bank Robbers From: NJ Favorite shirt/hoodie color: black Favorite pants: tight jeans, cuffed of course Favor.
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I've gone ahead and summarized/paraphrased the info I gathered on this band The Bank Robbers to give you all a quick look at what these guys are like. Peruse at your leisure.

The Bank Robbers
From: NJ
Favorite shirt/hoodie color: black
Favorite pants: tight jeans, cuffed of course
Favorite vice: none please, we're SxE! (I debated putting this inâ?¦ they are indeed straight edge, and while I myself could fall into that categorization, their advertising of it on the website even turned me off)
Favorite bands: Thursday, Thrice, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Story of the Year, Further Seems Forever, some hardcore too y'know, like Bane or Every Time I Die, and throw in some old band like U2 or the Cure for credibility.
Favorite Memory: Just playing shows with these awesome friends of mine. Making music with them is the best thing ever.

Now- before reading farther, take a minute to make a wild guess at what this band will sound like.

They sound like every screamy emo band from New Jersey that came before them! Did you guess correctly? Oh but don't worry, they mix it up with a couple old-Dashboard type whiny acoustic songs just to even out all the psuedo metal riffs and lozenge-requiring screams from the other tracks. I did not judge the book by its cover here- I did give this a chance with a few listens, but I may as well just guessed and I would have had this review done sooner. The Bank Robbers make sure to follow all the stereotypes to a â??t'.

I don't like to be mean. They seem like good guys, and what they do sounds decent for being on a tighter budget than their larger name heroes. But the songwriting lacks here, and the biggest weakness is the vocals, which are consistently flat when singing, coming through most horrifically on the acoustic tracks ("Your Best Kept Secret" and "The Definition of Beauty"). Overall I could not pick a favorite track, for they all pass by without much notice. Most of the attempts at hooks fail and the attempts at hardcore are unconvincing. I've heard this done before and heard it done better. Even other bandwagon jumping bands like Fallout Boy at least have the hooks to catch the ear. Sorry guys.

If your personal favorite bands list looks the same as these boys, and your shelves aren't already overflowing with emo-screamo-supreamo albums already, The Bank Robbers may be your cup o' tea. As for the rest of us, pass this up and maybe check back for the next album from them. If they would make the music their own rather than just rehashing, we just may have something here.

 


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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 (January 24, 2005)

Bank Robbers suck and always have. same thing for New Direxion. They just copy other jersey local bands to death, AHHCHEW, the grillers.............

Anonymous (July 4, 2004)

"What a shitty review. These guys, screaming aise, sound nothing like most of the other NJ bands."

Goddamnit, just because you have a fucking hard-on for the band doesn't mean it's a bad review.

Anonymous (July 3, 2004)

I don't even have to listen to score it. They open every single local show here in NJ and they are getting worse each time I see them. They have their hardcore "krew" follow them everywhere they go and make themselves look like asses.

I will refer to them as the Michael Boltons from now on, those no-talent ass-clowns.

Anonymous (July 2, 2004)

for reals, JESSE SUCKS.

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

Goddamn review the records you dopes. Why waste everyone's time with your uncreative wit.

Anonymous (June 30, 2004)

"This review is like my reviews, only a lot nicer."

Another difference is that this review is good. Your reviews are shit.

Jesse (June 30, 2004)

This review is like my reviews, only a lot nicer. Kudos for keeping civility to appropriate levels!

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

Great fucking review. Score's for it.

-sickboi

TahoeJeff (June 29, 2004)

Maybe a better name would the "The Every Other Band in Our Genre Robbers". These guys really need to start drinking.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

This band is hated in NJ and should be hated everywhere else. The suck and take themselves way too seriously.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

they suck

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

I like the Thursday-esque cover. Very "War All The Time" or whatever it was called.

Anonymous (June 29, 2004)

What a shitty review. These guys, screaming aise, sound nothing like most of the other NJ bands.

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