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Short Round

Short Round: LanguageLanguage (2002)
Asian Man Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: OKSodaOKSoda
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Short Round is a three piece band from northern California. Led by Jason Thinh of Chinkees fame, the band have produced nearly half an hour of infectious, ultra-catchy pop-punk with a hint of ska. The band has often been compared to Alkaline Trio, but I feel they play a much more catchy, bouncy ver.
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Short Round is a three piece band from northern California. Led by Jason Thinh of Chinkees fame, the band have produced nearly half an hour of infectious, ultra-catchy pop-punk with a hint of ska. The band has often been compared to Alkaline Trio, but I feel they play a much more catchy, bouncy version of rock than Alkaline Trio have ever known.

The CD opens with "The Alcohol Talking" and never lets go. The songs are generally fast paced with great hooks. Perhaps the real treat is Jason's voice as he spits out the lyrics. Jason has a very unique voice, and it ties the entire package together pretty well.

Another factor that distances this band from Alkaline Trio is lyrical content. While Jason does generally sing of heartbreak, he does not resort to the dark mood that has almost become cliché in the past few years. It is nice to hear someone sing about a girl without death being involved in any way.

This CD is a breath of fresh air in a world of over produced, overdone music. However, it is this very blessing that also hurts the record a little bit. Not only is it a pretty short CD, but the songs can begin to sound similar since they are done in such a minimalist fashion, with no bells or whistles. Just the three guys with their instruments. However, if you are currently bored with music, this can be a pretty nice vacation, even if it is only for a small amount of time.

 

 
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Anonymous (December 14, 2004)

Short Round is still goin. in fact they are playing with Mike park,Collosal,and Dan Potthast in janurary

OKSoda (November 24, 2004)

1) Check out their split with the Sidekicks if you like this.

2)These guys are awesome live.

3)I wrote this review in like... June.

Anonymous (November 24, 2004)

I dig this band a lot. It's a shame that they're no more. I think maybe if they toured a bit they could probably be a lot more popular.

Anonymous (November 23, 2004)

2/3 of the band is working on a new project now that is incredible. i think there's a song or two to download at www.jamesleste.com

GYBE (November 23, 2004)

Score is for the band name reference to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Or it may not be. Either way, Short Round was quite the sidekick.

Anonymous (November 23, 2004)

Decent. But not much long term play value - I was looking forward to a follow up that will never come.

Big_Guy (November 23, 2004)

"Great band and album, Brendan Kelly produced some stuff for them. Can't remember if he did this."

his picture is on the back cover of this, if that means anything.

Scootz_McNasty (November 23, 2004)

This is a solid album. cathcy all the way through and a great listen. well worth the 8 bucks.

8dollarclarinetsolo (November 23, 2004)

this record is really fucking good and underrated. i dont really see the comparision to alkaline trio at all, its just good pop punk ish stuff with a hint of ska..
another cool thing i read about this once is that allof the songs deal with language some way. the alcohol talking, cleansing cut scrape is about music, molehill is a telephone conversation, i dunno.

seriously, anyone get this cd, its only 8 bucks

Crookedsuperhero (November 23, 2004)

Great band and album, Brendan Kelly produced some stuff for them. Can't remember if he did this.

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