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The Moment: Showdown at the DiscothequeShowdown at the Discotheque (2005)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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Rockford, IL’s the Moment was at one time the project of Zach Newman, former lead singer of local legends God’s Reflex. They released an EP as a trio, which sounded pretty much like God’s Reflex with minimal electronics. But then Newman left the group and they added vocalist PJ Heckinger, formerly of another Rockford group, Carly’s Day Out, and Phil Gordeau, also ex-God’s Reflex, to play guitar alongside Nate Kirschmann and drummer Eliott Porter. Though Newman gets co-songwriter credits on four of the songs on this full-length, the Moment is like a new band. They no longer share much with God’s Reflex; electronics have stepped up to the forefront, and the overall feel is much heavier with help from Heckinger at the mic. Building upon the harder post-punk sounds of bands like Hot Water Music or Small Brown Bike, but giving you more backbeat to shake your ass to, The Moment really deliver on Showdown. Think Death from Above 1979 -- dancey but hard, and with the synth and drum machines of the Faint, but more guitar heavy. Sometimes the layers of synths remind me of `80s throwbacks like the Killers, but The Moment have way more backbone and anger.
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