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Voice In The Wire

Voice In The Wire: Signals In TransmissionSignals In Transmission (2004)
Eyeball Records

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Driving into Pittsburgh, PA from the north will have you following Interstate 79 South. As your trip nears its conclusion you follow a curve in the road and what appears to be from heaven, the city's beautiful skyline unfolds in front of your windshield. The Steel City's very own Voice in the Wire.
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Driving into Pittsburgh, PA from the north will have you following Interstate 79 South. As your trip nears its conclusion you follow a curve in the road and what appears to be from heaven, the city's beautiful skyline unfolds in front of your windshield. The Steel City's very own Voice in the Wire's debut album Signals in Transmission opens just like seeing the 'Burgh for the first time. Dual guitars glide in "Ash Black" before the onslaught of bass and drum come speeding by honking their horns and flipping a finger as you slowly awe over the introductory splendor. The quintet adds a pop charisma to hardcore/punk ala Lifetime, but keeping the rough edges of Kid Dynamite, and maintaining the raw power of pioneered by Minor Threat.

"Knives" makes way for a chorus blitz, in the same vein as the chanting for the Steelers to "get one for the thumb." The harder edge of "Lives Lived in Verses" is rugged like the potholes and crumbling pavement that greet every new comer with a flat tire. Driving up East Carson Street away from the boy's homes in the South Side you'll drive past a Hard Rock Café and it's built there for a reason -- because we have licks! After the shredding intro riffs of "Follow the Trail of The Psyched" fade, a sassy solo screams from the brakes public transportation system. Bellowing from the heights of Mt. Washington is a slick drum intro on "Under the Pavement" from Jeff Kopanic making way for Mike Rock, Jake Reinhart, and Stephen McMillan to shake your head in a post-hardcore frenzy seeking that last drop of Heinz Ketchup from the bottle. I can feel the sweat dripping down my face already as I sing along to the instant live hit, "How It Works" with my friends at the Mr. Roboto Project.

Subject to popular belief, we're friendly people here, so be sure to say 'hi' to the locals while you're in town. Chris Barker, #2 of Anti-Flag might sound angry with his screams on the rapid guitar driven "Mark Each Word" but underneath all that distortion he's a sincere guy. Jason Sevechuck (Kid Dynamite, None More Black) is hanging out down at Primantis and he's not choking on coleslaw and french-fries either, his voice is that tough wailing in the background on "Second Story" and "Better Days." VITW vocalist Zack Furness has learned a lot from Mr. Sevechuck as his vocals are tough as steel beams, but go down easy like a cold Iron City beer.

In Pittsburgh we wear our pride on our sleeves and influences from Whatever It Takes, Teddy Du-Champ's Army through Don Caballero are clearly displayed within the thirty-six minutes of Signals in Transmission." Specifically on the closer "Steeltown Fight Song" the perfect chorus laden anthem dedicated to our niche in Western Pennsylvania. We're not without our flaws - detours everywhere, a terrible baseball team, too close to Cleveland, and the inability to buy alcohol in a store damper the town, but we're a proud city and one that supports Voice in the Wire from the bottom of our hearts.

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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.
JustinUCR (September 5, 2007)

i miss these dudes. this record is amazing.

Anonymous (March 6, 2005)

Awesome.

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

One of the band members lives on my street. Great album. And Cleveland sucks right back at you.

Anonymous (January 30, 2005)

I'm listening to this band now. THey're opening for Paint It Black's record release shows, and they're great.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

I went to a concert the other day and they opened. They were great and so is the CD!

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

Great album

Anonymous (October 16, 2004)

Not only is this album really good, but this band has an ultra hot guitar player in it, can someone please tell me the name of the tattooed one with the cute beard, so dreamy!

sickboi (September 17, 2004)

Great band, lame town.

Anonymous (September 16, 2004)

You were right, that skyline is something else!

Anonymous (September 16, 2004)

You're a fuckin' dope, this band sounds nothing like Minor Threat, Kid Dynamite, or Lifetime.

Anonymous (September 16, 2004)

this band is boooooooring

kirbypuckett (September 15, 2004)

I actually work so I can't hit up the cd release show...I might be able to squirm out of this shithole, but we'll see.

As for the alcohol -- Pennsylvania is considered a 'Quaker State' and basically that entails our beer needs to be purchased from a beer distributor and alcohol from a state store. Bars are free game, but I can't walk into a BP grab a six pack and go. Hell, I can't even go to a beer distributor and buy a six pack under PA state law.

Lame, I agree.

- Kirby

Icapped2pac (September 15, 2004)

"and the inability to buy alcohol in a store"

Huh? I've never heard that. Please elaborate.

jacobe (September 15, 2004)

you going Sat to Roboto?

I'm heading up for sure. So stoked to see The Loved Ones again.

Anonymous (September 15, 2004)

I have live video footage, IM me on KIRBYPUCKETT and I can hook you up.

- Kirby

Anonymous (September 15, 2004)

This record rocks my ass. I am soooo excited to see them when they play THE FEST 3!!!

Anonymous (September 15, 2004)

this album is amazing. solid, catchy songs, i bet these guys are great live, cant wait till they hit the west coast.

kirbypuckett (September 15, 2004)

http://www.nps.gov/hafe/lewis/photos/pittsburgh.jpg

There's the correct link.

- Kirby

Anonymous (September 15, 2004)

That .jpg link doesn't work...I'm driving to Pittsburgh from DC on Saturday, can you fix or send that picture? I'm curious.

Anonymous (September 15, 2004)

Nice review.

Oh yeah, since I'm from Cleveland...

Pittsburgh sucks.

There... Glad I got that out.

Anonymous (September 15, 2004)

this band deserves to be huge

Anonymous (September 15, 2004)

I just got this CD yesterday and I've already listened to it countless times, VITW = fucking sweet.

Get awesome.

johnnydanger (September 15, 2004)

you should try writing travel agency reviews instead of record reviews.

funniest comment ever

TrailerParkJesus (September 14, 2004)

I feel like I've now been to the 'burgh..

lou (September 14, 2004)

hailing from sharon, i know the view you're talking about coming down I79. it really is a site to see. pittsburgh has one of the nicest skyline's in the country. take the monongahela incline at night if you don't believe me.

good band too.

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

i found out about this band a few days ago, i thought they were pretty good.

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

you should try writing travel agency reviews instead of record reviews.

Anonymous (September 14, 2004)

The cover reminds me of the Carcass reissues.

-BSD

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