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The Loved Ones

The Loved Ones: The Loved OnesThe Loved Ones (2005)
Jade Tree Records

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Contributed by: Matt_WhelihanMatt Whelihan
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Pop-punk is an interesting term. It can very easily carry positive or negative connotations depending on what band it is referring to. Sometimes pop-punk can be simple, like packing dog shit inside a filet, calling it the special of the week, and then force-feeding it to thousands of pre-teens with .
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Pop-punk is an interesting term. It can very easily carry positive or negative connotations depending on what band it is referring to. Sometimes pop-punk can be simple, like packing dog shit inside a filet, calling it the special of the week, and then force-feeding it to thousands of pre-teens with no taste buds. At other times it can refer to the horde of indistinguishable groups that still call an indie label home, but have been just as artistically innovative as those aforementioned bands. Finally, pop-punk can mean bands like Jawbreaker, the Lawrence Arms, Dillinger Four, or Green Day, who have been able to transcend their peers by creating music that is melodic, intense, intelligent and accessible. The Loved Ones are one of those bands.

The Loved Ones are one of Jade Tree's most recent signings consisting of members from some of Philadelphia's finest melodic hardcore bands. Singer and guitarist Dave Hause played in both Paint It Black and the Curse, while bassist Michael "Spider" Cotterman played in Kid Dynamite, and drummer Mike Sneeringer played in Trial By Fire. Still, with a punk pedigree like that, the Loved Ones are not quite what you would expect. The three scene veterans have kept the high level energy that fueled their former bands, but they have also embraced more pop and rock'n'roll influences. The distortion has been turned down a bit and the melodies have been turned up a lot.

The EP opens with "100K," an up-tempo pop-punk song laced with rock licks and an amazing singalong chorus. Hause's voice is part grit, part charm, and all sincerity. You don't doubt him at all when he shouts "given the chance I'd rather rot in hell / then see you fade selling the lies they tell." The second track, "Chicken," picks up right where "100K" left off with fast, loud drumming, hummable vocal lines, and a simple chord progression that somehow doesn't get old. After this, the EP lags a little bit with "Massive" and "Drastic," not because they are bad songs, simply because they sound a bit too much like other bands. "Massive" sounds like it could have been a Hot Water Music track complete with Chuck's gruff delivery, somber tone, and intricate bass line, while "Drastic," with its common punk-gone-acoustic tone, sounds a lot like "Landlords" by Pinhead Gunpowder. The Loved Ones luckily return to their own sound on the closing track "Candy Cane" and leave you with another fast paced pop-punk gem.

Lyrically, Hause seems like he might have stolen a few pages from one of Matt Skiba's notebooks. Lines like "so pour another it's 3 AM, oh God this is insane / it's killing me, it's killing me / I know, I know I walked away but it's you I'll always blame / and it's killing me/ if my liver swells up and spills out on the floor/ I'll nail it to your door" and "How'd I get back here at this? Another cheap attempt at bliss / it might take more than this bottle to / forget about what I missed," sound like they could have come directly from an Alkaline Trio album with their alcohol-soaked imagery and dark outlook. Luckily, like Skiba, Hause can deliver the words with a passionate voice and no sense of emo's exaggeration.

The Loved Ones have produced an impressive first release. They play pop-punk songs that demonstrate a knack for songwriting while maintaining an aggressive edge. This EP demonstrates just how valuable pop-punk can be when dreams of being rock stars are cast aside for dreams of simply rocking.

 

 
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PMAtill_ImDOA (April 8, 2009)

so
fucking
catchy

dakotawint (February 23, 2009)

this is seriously brilliant

Ignitedude (August 17, 2005)

Amazing. Catchy. Intelligent = Awesome

Anonymous (May 24, 2005)

these guys are amazing i think there goin to make it huge there music really jumped out at me and massive is a great song

matt- (May 11, 2005)

Amazing ep from these guys... I recently seen them in London and it was incredible... for the acoustic show dave broke a string on the second song and all stores were closed so we chilled all day... Hope the best for these guys!

Anonymous (February 28, 2005)

holy crap, i need to get this.

Anonymous (February 26, 2005)

Who cares?

TLO = Hot Water Music = Samiam = Leatherface = Alkaline Trio = Jawbreaker = still better than most of the shit out there now.

2005 is gonna be the year of The Loved Ones.

bizzlebrizzle (February 25, 2005)

You omitted to mention that, while The Loved Ones and HWM may sound a bit like Jawbreaker, they in no way approach that band's greatness.

Bivouac=best punk album of all-time.

-Chinatown

I agree with you Chinatown(although my personal favorite is 24 Hour Revenge Therapy).

They do have similarities to the band though.

Anonymous (February 24, 2005)

You omitted to mention that, while The Loved Ones and HWM may sound a bit like Jawbreaker, they in no way approach that band's greatness.

Bivouac=best punk album of all-time.

-Chinatown

bizzlebrizzle (February 24, 2005)

"It sounds very, very similar to Hot Water Music"

I really can't hear much of a resemblance.

I can make a better analogy.

Hot Water Music sounds like Unfun/Biovauc Jawbreaker.

The Loved Ones sound more like 24 Hour Revenge Threrapy/Dear You Jawbreaker.

CorpseOfMyMotivation (February 24, 2005)

"It sounds very, very similar to Hot Water Music"

I really can't hear much of a resemblance.

punxtar (February 24, 2005)

yeah, i dunno this didnt really jump out at me... i've only listened to it like 2 or 3 times though, I bought the 10 inch from the chunksaah website, does the cd release have extra songs?

tristan (February 24, 2005)

Good for them. Here's hoping a full length isn't too far off.

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

this is decent but not as good as I had hoped. It sounds very, very similar to Hot Water Music, not something I was expecting considering the backgrounds of these guys.

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

pick up the loved ones 10" on red and green splattered limited vinyl at www.chunksaah.com for $10.

CorpseOfMyMotivation (February 23, 2005)

I checked these guys out the other day and wasn't too impressed, but I'll look back into it just in case.

Anonymous (February 23, 2005)

Booooooring

dazed (February 23, 2005)

The only song I've heard by this band that left any impression on me is "Arsenic" and they didn't even put that on this EP. Maybe it's just this style; I'm not too hot on None More Black either except for a few songs which are amazing.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

These guys were pretty good when I saw them open for The Bouncing Souls and Against Me!

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

They had a sale on all their '04 albums last December ($9 per record). You really missed out. I got 4 CDs and it cost me less than 45$ Canadian.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Uh.. when the hell did jade tree raise the price of their cds to $12??
Jesus fuck...

- When people stopped buying CDs b/c it became easy to download them...

Yea well, im still buying PIB and TLO but it sure caught me off guard to see they jacked up the prices on every cd they have, even the old ones.

Big_Guy (February 22, 2005)

Daves vocals are perfect for this.

they really "MAKE" the album

PunkRockDoc (February 22, 2005)

For those so inclined, the video for 100k is posted at the Jade Tree site:
http://www.jadetree.com/mov/The_Loved_Ones-100K.mov

Oh, and the video was directed by Jay of Kid Dynamite/None More Black fame.

For the record, I'm diggin this EP.

pastepunk (February 22, 2005)

Uh.. when the hell did jade tree raise the price of their cds to $12??
Jesus fuck...

- When people stopped buying CDs b/c it became easy to download them...

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

"buy or sell? this band took their name from an elvis costello song on Imperial Bedroom?"

Dave said in an interview thats om jadetree's site that they indeed did get the name from an Elvis Costello song.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Uh.. when the hell did jade tree raise the price of their cds to $12??
Jesus fuck...

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

buy or sell? this band took their name from an elvis costello song on Imperial Bedroom?

aahhhh (February 22, 2005)

"i have the first demo, it's great. but it's sold out now.
the second, unreleased demo is good too.
the ep is pretty damn good, but not as good as demo 1."

where can i get the 2nd demo?

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

These guys rocked NY last weekend. I was treated to a nice singalong during Jane of Dave singing/spitting right in my face.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

i have the first demo, it's great. but it's sold out now.
the second, unreleased demo is good too.
the ep is pretty damn good, but not as good as demo 1.

Benjasaurus (February 22, 2005)

These guys take themselves too seriously. I called out "Stairway to Heaven" in between songs when they played with Against Me! and they took it very seriously and obviously thought they were the shit. Their music is pretty good, though.

PS: Why are any lyrics about drinking automatically attributed to Matt Skiba's influence? This same comment was made about Tsunami Bomb's last record.

swingline (February 22, 2005)

no just stop there. be grateful..you don't want to ruin what you have

sickboi (February 22, 2005)

100k reminds me of the demo a lot. Its much more upbeat passionate.

dustindiamond (February 22, 2005)

ive only heard 100k, but i liked it alot...

should i check the whole album out?

sickboi (February 22, 2005)

The Loved Ones demo is MUCH better. I highly suggest buying it (I think the website still has it, I got it at a show) before it sells out.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

The Curse's demo was good but the ep was a lot better.

The Loved Ones demo is good and I have yet to hear the ep

Paint It blacks demo was good but CVA was better and Paradise is better than both

bizzlebrizzle (February 22, 2005)

Alright

Curse had a 6 song EP.

2 songs on Philly sound.

And this demo me and Sickboi are talking about came out before the EP, I dunno if it has anything different but I still wanna hear it.

p-fresh (February 22, 2005)

"

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

http://matt6860.home.comcast.net/paris.txt

p-fresh (February 22, 2005)

Is The Curse "demo" the 4 song ep? Or did they issue a demo before that?

The only material I know if is that ep, and their 2 songs on The Philly Sound comp.

notfeelingcreative (February 22, 2005)

Love this record, but I like the demo a little better.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Shit bitch i purchased the curseds demo at a show

im much more scene

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

I've listened to this EP a million times since I saw them in NY, it's great. I've been waiting for material from this band since the first press release, and when I heard the demo versions of "Candy Cane" and "Arsenic", I was hooked. TLO are my new favorite band right now, plain and simple. Too great...

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

These guys practiced at the same place as my band this past summer. I noticed one night that the bassist's road cases said "Kid Dynamite" and asked him what's what. Nice dude... never walked by their room to have a listen though. I do want this EP, though.

Port Richmond, Phila. is filthy.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Trial By Fire was fucking awesome.

bizzlebrizzle (February 22, 2005)

BizzleHatesYou is my AIM Screenname

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

I don't have it online, but I'll hook you up when I get home from work, what's your IM?

-sickboi

bizzlebrizzle (February 22, 2005)

I have the Curse DEMO and the Loved Ones DEMO. Both rock.

-sickboi

Sickboi what is your Soulseek name again?

I've been wanting to hear The Curse demo for a while.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

I have the Curse DEMO and the Loved Ones DEMO. Both rock.

-sickboi

bizzlebrizzle (February 22, 2005)

I dunno if anyone has mentioned this, but I remember reading in The Curse's CD booklet that Dave Hause wrote most of their lyrics.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

whatever.

they fucking blew strike anywhere OUT OF THE WATER in new york a week and a half ago at the knitting factory.

not that the loved ones were even that great that night. they were fine. but by comparison...

Sidenote... none more blacked slayed that night. Big time.

cubaricho (February 22, 2005)

ps. - this ep fucking blows

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Whoever mentioned the DEMO is dead on...

-sickboi

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

yes I too think the PG comment was right on the money, however I love that song and I love this EP...very heart felt and real not cooked up in a kitchen somewhere but written in a garage, nice work fellas.

Crookedsuperhero (February 22, 2005)

Darn good EP.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

what a great ep. The bassline to "massive" has been stuck in my head for days.

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Dave did the backup vox in the curse right? he was obviously back up vox in PIB with lines like 'we'll disapear without a trace...'..am i right?

just trying to compare his vox then with his lead vocals in the loved ones.

anyway, i do like this band...have to add this to the list of albums i need to get with my next paycheck.

aahhhh (February 22, 2005)

the loved ones rock. they're the best band i've heard in a while. they make solid music with good lyrics.

its too bad that they didnt rerecord jane for the EP though.

oh well

Anonymous (February 22, 2005)

Amusingly, I wrote a very similar review of this. I would say that it probably deserves a lower score than an 8. It's better than average but not by much... still, a band with definite potential for very significant improvement.

If you have the opportunity to see them live, I'd recommend picking up their DEMO over this. The two songs not on the ep are both excellent and it'll set you back only 4 bucks.

OC

inagreendase (February 22, 2005)

Ex-Kid Dynamite? Melodic punk in the vein of HWM? ...why is this so painfully mediocre?

Good call on the PG comparison.

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