Near Miss - Testing the Ends of What They'll Put Up With (Cover Artwork)

Near Miss

Near Miss: Testing the Ends of What They'll Put Up WithTesting the Ends of What They'll Put Up With (2006)
Takeover Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Near Miss contributed 3 very confusing and distracted songs on a 3-way split EP about a year ago on Takeover Records. As their sophomore full-length here, Testing the Ends of What They'll Put Up With (their first in nearly 4 years [!]), was recorded around the same time, it suffers from the same pro.

Near Miss contributed 3 very confusing and distracted songs on a 3-way split EP about a year ago on Takeover Records. As their sophomore full-length here, Testing the Ends of What They'll Put Up With (their first in nearly 4 years [!]), was recorded around the same time, it suffers from the same problems. Near Miss is a melodic punk band who, instead of seamlessly combining the pop, rock and skate-inflected punk styles into their sound, awkwardly throws moments of each around, often resulting in very uncomfortable scenarios.

Take one of the disc's shorter tracks, "Call for Help." Despite its brief 1:23 running time, the band manages to outright boggle the listener with Fenix TX-styled harmonies at first and then metallic guitar solos at the end. Huh? "Serious Mess" brings more of that band's characteristics to mind, but it's simultaneously dark and even running with a hardcore influence, a jumble that sounds like what would've happened if FTX put up with stylistic differences and in-fighting over such and went ahead and recorded the followup to Lechuza. "Now Rectify" is near perfect pop-punk, one of the few times the band seems to know what they're doing, but even it ends with some fits of overly aggro yelling.

"Take It Back" and "Last Goodnight" offer relatively uninteresting, ineffectual balladry. "In a Daydream" has a nice bounce to it but feels like it's missing a certain bite. "Feel When You Find" could be a great melodicore track if the vocals were more in line with the tempo. "The Choice" is one of the better offerings, catchy, nice and varied guitars and keeping in tune with the ever-present melancholic vibe carried throughout. "At One Place" sounds like something from one of No Use for a Name's latest releases (read: mediocre, curiously poppy and somewhat cutesy skatepunk). The bitter and angry, nearly pissed "We All Bleed" and "You've Mistaken" end the disc on painfully somber notes -- quite solid ones at that, at least.

There's a fair bit of genres thrown into the melting pot on Near Miss's Testing the Ends, but after a few tastes, I don't think quite enough stirring took place, unfortunately.

Call for Help
Now Rectify


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vaginalinferno (September 17, 2006)

i was expecting a little more, but i had ridiculously high expectations, and after listening to it a few times, i'm pretty happy with what near miss has given us here. now rectify is fantastic and it really stands out, but all the other tracks are catchy too, and once you learn the words it's all really fun to sing along too. i think max and jeremy's new album is much better than tom's

TheMarc (July 24, 2006)

"Now Rectify" is end of the year mixtape worthy. Seriously.

Anonymous (June 11, 2006)

really cool guys... really good cd. i will admit it's a little inconsistent, but nonetheless, the good songs are amazing. most of it is good btw

Anonymous (June 2, 2006)

these guys are a bunch of cunts who have no loyalty

Anonymous (June 1, 2006)

I think the cover art is great

As for the album I hjaven't heard it but the review was pretty crap but I will check the album out myself


Anonymous (June 1, 2006)

this band is horrible live and very boring. look at the cover/album title. it sounds like they are trying to be some emo band or "hip" band with their record title. lame.

Anonymous (May 31, 2006)

fuck this review. this record rocks.

Anonymous (May 31, 2006)

This is the most mediocre cd I've heard in a while. I don't love it. I don't hate it. It's just just.

Mute98 (May 30, 2006)

i can see Brain's complaints though i love the cd.. bigwig is better IMO but this cd is fairly sick.

however its still a fair review

Anonymous (May 30, 2006)

NearMiss is rockin' and they kill it live. At least check out this album for yourself.

Anonymous (May 30, 2006)

He was a tech / roadie for Sum 41. He didn't play drums for them. He did, however, play bass in Bigwig for a short time.

Anonymous (May 30, 2006)

more like i never should have quit my live sum 41 drummer gig for this LoLoLoL!!!!

Big_Guy (May 30, 2006)

I really like this cd. I just take each song and see if I like them.....and I do.

Anonymous (May 30, 2006)

"Oh look...they nearly missed" -George Carlin

Anonymous (May 30, 2006)

Agreed. This is a real disappointment since I loved their first album. I won't be seeing any more of their shows i guess.

Anonymous (May 30, 2006)

Ric Flair baby Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!

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