First Class - Somewhere In The Grey (Cover Artwork)

First Class

First Class: Somewhere In The GreySomewhere In The Grey (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 1.5

Contributed by: KirbyPuckettKirbyPuckett
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First Class, another pop-punk band rising out of the Chicago area suffers from what I'd like to call "Rufio-Syndrome." It's a disease sweeping the nation rapidly infecting all youngsters in its path. Make a stop at a show being played in your area and chances are you'll find a few people roaming a.
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First Class, another pop-punk band rising out of the Chicago area suffers from what I'd like to call "Rufio-Syndrome." It's a disease sweeping the nation rapidly infecting all youngsters in its path. Make a stop at a show being played in your area and chances are you'll find a few people roaming around the venue who have been diagnosed ‚?? proceed with caution, it's very contagious! Symptoms are easy to pick on, read carefully and if you come across a tainted band, I suggest you do the right thing and seek help immediately.

The simplest way to tell if a person has been contaminated by the "Rufio-Syndrome" is that the band will come across as rather talented. Perfecting pop-punk musicianship that is known as the "Fat Sound" -- A plethora of catchy guitar riffs, quality bass rhythms to make things more interesting, all topped off with a rather talented drummer. Now nothing seems terrible so far, but the downfall is easily distinguishable. A few seconds into any song, just as a break down paves the way, a voice is heard. Not something macho or the slightest bit post-pubescent, just a child wailing his heart out (typically about a girl). The nasally and whiney vocals are what make this all too common disease fatal.

Hah, GOTCHA! There's not really a "Rufio-Syndrome," I know I had a lot of you on the edge of your seat! Although the previously mentioned formula for a pop-punk band occurs quite often these days, it isn't necessarily a problem, as there is obvious talent in the musician's characters. One listen to this unveiling of First Class will have you tapping your toes and bobbing your head to their engaging melodies, instantly hooked by songs that stick in your head for quite some time. Bad light is cast down when the vocals catch the airwaves. Between Andy here, Scott Sellers the singer for Rufio, and the countless other front men who croon in this style there's absolutely no difference in their sound or abilities. Not only is it boring mixed with too much redundancy, it's flat out annoying!

I'm serious, if this guy would step up and ditch the soft talk and bark with the tiniest bit of power and/or fury I'd really dig this EP. For the time being though, it's just another weeping clichéd pop-punk band with a mediocre record.


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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.
Daviedos9966 (May 10, 2014)

Fuck y'all this kicks ass.

Anonymous (August 18, 2004)

Adam Muffich is a faggot who steals pallets and chips for a living!

princessdanarchy (August 18, 2004)

Score is for the amount of laughter I got from reading all of the posts below me.

Anonymous (August 17, 2004)

I think a dude from Much The Same is in this.

Anonymous (August 16, 2004)

I'm from chicago and have never heard this band. Guess I'm out of the loop of shitty band.

ps. i liked the "shit tan" post.

thirtyseconds (August 16, 2004)

Just heard these on purevolume, whilst I love rufio to bits, these are painfully average. Ah well

Anonymous (August 16, 2004)

The really sad part is, this singer is capable of much better vocals, he pulled off really great tough yet melodic singing in his previous band.

Anonymous (August 16, 2004)

I wanted to stab my ears with flaming pencils after listening to the first couple tracks of this cd.

Anonymous (August 16, 2004)

as always...BSD proves he is a moron...i am not sure what language that comment was in...but who really cares

Anonymous (August 15, 2004)

so apparently, they've sucked for years.

kirby you are a tool.

Anonymous (August 15, 2004)

"You sir, are an idiot."

Say it to my face, even when you do catch me fucking your girlfriend- say it to ym fac in Boston and the fres FSU will kikl your asz!


Jebus175 (August 15, 2004)

Yeah I don't think you realize this, but First Class has been a band for a good amount of time. They were making the same exact music before Rufio even made a splash in the scene.

Anchors (August 15, 2004)

You sir, are an idiot.

Anonymous (August 15, 2004)

As if he would reply "yeah, I know, I'm not clever".



Anchors (August 14, 2004)

Not everbody is cut out for being clever.

Don't believe me? Just talk to the kid who made the comment below this one.

Anonymous (August 14, 2004)

I think I would rather have another man shit on my stomache than listen to this piece of garbage - than he could rub the shit into my skin to give my the apperance of a tan.

Anonymous (August 13, 2004)


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