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The Draft: In a Million PiecesIn a Million Pieces (2006)
Epitaph Records

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In the chorus of the first song "New Eyes Open" on the Draft's album, Chris Wollard shouts, "That's what I like about it, it's not so complicated." While he might have been singing about things other than his musical pursuits, the same can be said about what makes their debut album, In a Million Pie.
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In the chorus of the first song "New Eyes Open" on the Draft's album, Chris Wollard shouts, "That's what I like about it, it's not so complicated." While he might have been singing about things other than his musical pursuits, the same can be said about what makes their debut album, In a Million Pieces, such a great accomplishment.

The Draft is made up of three quarters of the recently defunct Hot Water Music. When Chuck Ragan left the band to pursue more time with his family and a new acoustic project, the remaining members -- bassist Jason Black, vocalist/guitarist Chris Wollard, and drummer George Rebelo -- decided they weren't ready to slow down, appointed Todd Rockhill to join Wollard on guitar and started this project.

With 75 percent of the band carrying over from HWM, it's obvious that the band had a real challenge in front of them as far as carving a new identity goes. While losing Ragan's vocals have a noticeable effect, Black and Rebelo's work as a rhythm section had an equally prominent role in their previous band.

Getting back to the whole issue of being less complicated, gone are the traded and sometimes overlapping vocals between two vocalists. In the Draft, Wollard handles the vocal duties entirely with minimal backup vocals being employed, with exceptions in a few songs including "All We Can Count On." The band's music is also a lot less challenging, especially when compared to some of Hot Water Music's earlier work. Most notably, there's a clear sense of melody that gets through with the Draft that was rarely seen in Hot Water Music. Songs like "Out of Tune" sound like they were written by a completely different band. It's plain to see that the guys in the Draft are making the music they want and are having a genuine good time in doing so. If there was ever a sense of worry that things might end with their old project, they're gone now.

One of the drawbacks -- although perhaps highlights for some -- is a couple of the songs don't exemplify the new identity the Draft has created for itself. The best example is "Lo Zee Rose," which sounds like it would have fit right in on Hot Water Music's last album, The New What Next. Thankfully, the great majority of these songs don't fall into that trap.

Had I been in the position that Wollard, Rebelo, and Black were in going into in the Draft, I would have been looking to appeal to long-time fans while giving people who were never really into us a chance to reconsider what we had to offer. The Draft have laregely accomplished that on In a Million Pieces, and there's little doubt in my mind that they will further cement themselves as their own entity the next time around.

 

 
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Such a great album. Really wish they'd do another one.

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The_Wayfarer (January 19, 2007)

Awesome album, on par with Hot Water Music, and much better than The New What Next.

punkbytheounce (October 10, 2006)

Love this record so much.

Cos (September 21, 2006)

"New Eyes Open" is a great song. I agree with Jason--my favorite albums aren't the ones I listen to, they're the ones I LIVE with (I haven't heard this album but look forward to it)

I'm gonna try to convince my mates to come to the Troubadour this week. Will Chuck be joining you?

--Cos

Not-To-Regret (September 18, 2006)

The ska backdrop on that one song is fucking rad, I also enjoy the use of synth. Cool album. Better than HWM's last. It's like them but more experimental.

chickswithdicks (September 16, 2006)

fags.

mattp330 (September 14, 2006)

i was a little skeptical on the album really wondered if i should pick it up. its amazing, really better then anything i could have asked for

Kursk (September 14, 2006)

This is based on the 2 songs I've heard from the album, whenever I get the cash, I will definitely be picking this one up.

vindictive27 (September 13, 2006)

Yeah, so I didn't realize this was on a scale of one to ten, let me change that =)

vindictive27 (September 13, 2006)

Well, I've listened to this album several times now, and it's pretty good. I never got into HWM, but I do have all their albums for collector's sake -- The Draft is much more accessible and will stay a part of my playlist for a while.

awkward (September 13, 2006)

album of the yeaaaaaaaaar yeaaah! i've been disappointed in most albums released this year from my favorite bands (cursive, envy, planes mistaken for stars, owen, haram, the appleseed cast... and the list goes on), BUT THE DRAFT DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. really, a fucking miracle. so thank you.

TheNightProwler (September 13, 2006)

I wrote something but I got distracted for a couple of minutes, went to post my comment and the thing timed out and I lost what I wrote, WTF?

...anyways, I like this album a lot. I just wish I wasn't horribly sick when the Draft came to Chicago with Avail back in April.

coldwaffles (September 13, 2006)

I very often wonder--and this is in no way specific to this album or this band or even anything I've been involved with, for that matter--if people take this one very important point into consideration when passing opinions on new records--that they haven't lived with it yet.
By that I don't mean "give it a few listens," or "it's a grower," or anything like that. I mean that, at least for me, all of my favorite records have become part of my life somehow. I've experienced them in my car, on tour, when I was in a good mood, when I was in a bad mood...these records have been there for me....
...Peace,
Black"

I totally, 100% agree with you on this. This is why, no matter what anyone says, The Greatest Story Ever Told is my favorite Lawrence Arms album, A Flight and a Crash is my favorite HWM album... This is also probably why The Loved Ones full length and the Dead to Me full length will probably end up as my favorite records of 2006.... Meanwhile, RX Bandits won't score nearly as high. This is also why Latterman's No Matter Where We Go was my favorite record of 2005. You kind of grow with some records. If it's a really special record, you'll keep listening to it, and just like, grow attached to it.

If I lost my copy of, say No Use's Hard Rock Bottom, (Yeah, I'm a later day No Use fan... dudes can pen some catchy tunes.) I'd be pretty bent out of shape. That record, with it's poppy gloss and insane catchiness literally lead me through life for a good half a year. Mean while, I wouldn't feel nearly as bad if I lost Keep Them Confused, which is a good record, probably about as catchy, same style for the most part, but I didn't live it.

Something strikes me about this record, and I think I'll still be spinning it a lot a year from now. However, time will tell if I truely grow "attached" to it.

I guess this is probably why some dudes like say, 24 Hour Revenge Therapy more than Dear You. Dear You is musically "better," but in the end, that's not everything.

Anonymous (September 13, 2006)

The first song is brillant. After that the record never lives up to that standard and falls flat. People are convincing themselves that this record is great out of some ode to HWM. It's ok, but certainly not anything spectacular. With that said, i think the boys next album could make that leap.

WRONG.

Anonymous (September 13, 2006)

danperrone? more like danperrBONER amirite?

LMChc (September 13, 2006)

having listened to the record for the past day and a half, i must say that the chorus of "New Eyes Open" describes my feelings about this record:

That's what I like about it, it's not so complicated.

I could never really get into HWM; however, I could see myself driving for hours to this. Solid record.

Anonymous (September 13, 2006)

The first song is brillant. After that the record never lives up to that standard and falls flat. People are convincing themselves that this record is great out of some ode to HWM. It's ok, but certainly not anything spectacular. With that said, i think the boys next album could make that leap.

Anonymous (September 13, 2006)

That Jawbreaker comment is just retarded.

danperrone (September 13, 2006)

hell yeah

like i said, i'm dropping the gloves and taking on the ENTIRE INTERNET at once

Godfather (September 13, 2006)

danperrone quote from lastfm:

"best rock band of all time? you're retarded
jawbreaker isn't even in the top 25 bands playing at their time"

score is for danperrone.

pasha (September 13, 2006)

love it. no HWM, but still great.

Pope_Skeletor (September 13, 2006)

Jason, you're forgetting your punknews etiquette. The proper way to respond to criticism of your own album is to anonymously call us all fags.

Anonymous (September 13, 2006)

Yes definitely feeling the Samiam vibe.

drunkenriot (September 13, 2006)

I think Jason needs to stop coming here and seeing all the asshole comments, it's solid album, but if you do come back Jason, come to Providence, it's be much appreciated

chickswithdicks (September 12, 2006)

'Doesn't it ever occur to anyone that they like "Goddamnit" better than "Crimson" because they were 15 and making out--not 25 and going to work--the first time they heard it?'

Mr. Black you just made my life make sense again.

Anonymous (September 12, 2006)

Perfect record.

I find it sounds a lot like Samiam. More so than HWM.

wildo (September 12, 2006)

Jason, any chance of a Canadian tour anytime in the next 6 months?

wildo (September 12, 2006)

Fuck, I wish I hadnt listened to the demos before buying this. It ruins the flow knowingsome songs much better than others. Lol, I always do this. It'll wear off soon though. Solid record.

I'm really digging Impossible right now.

jamespastepunk (September 12, 2006)

Black, I don't know you, but don't look back on this thread. Just get out and don't look back. If you do, you won't be tempted to post again. Trust me.

Anonymous (September 12, 2006)

i loved everything HWM did from finding the rhythms through no division/never ender but was left cold by the last 3 LPs. will i like this?

xshigox (September 12, 2006)

This is a very good cd. I've been a big hot water music fan but I wasn't going to like The Draft just for that reson alone. So after a couple listens its easy for me to say that this CD is great. Yea it has similarities to HWM but what do you expect. I think a job well done on giving this cd an individual sound and being to come up with a new idenity. Im glad these guys do what they do.

jasonwblack (September 12, 2006)

Okay, last post on this thread.

Dan, please check my initial post, which I've copied below:
I agree with Brendan. "Danperrone" is one negative son of a bitch, huh? Hey, bud, since these songs are "so rediculously simple," I'll give you $10 for each of my basslines you learn and/or transcibe and send to me, k?
I'm kidding.
That said, thanks for the great, honest review and to everyone who has had something nice to say.
Peace,
Black

See where it says "I'm kidding?" I really was, man. I didn't mean to offend you by commenting on your opinion about our record anymore than you meant to offend us by offering up your opinion on our record in the first place. Also, note this later post:

Hey, all. I just want to clear up that I in no way expect everyone to like this record and I more than welcome pertinent, thoughful crticism.
Peace
Black
PS--Please send some sunlight this way...this weather blows.

Sorry you got so bent out of shape, Dan. It's pretty easy to do when people just start firing away at you from behind a computer, isn't it?

That said, I really do welcome criticism. However, I also feel that I have the right to respond to criticism I disagree with. Makes sense, right?

Peace
Black

Anonymous (September 12, 2006)

Very boring.

danperrone (September 12, 2006)

hahahah it's true...i tried as hard as i could to defend that dude

but alas i have wisened up and realized that he is a scum

sickboi (September 12, 2006)

Danperrone is just pissed at the title of this album.

I recall him trying to defend that lying-piece-of-shit-wannabe-author on this site several times.

sweetsuperior (September 12, 2006)

i had the good fortune to see HWM quite a bit early on, as we were all around the same age and made it to gainesville the same year. at first it was all about the feeling. the moment. the hardback and house shows. but then they grew, as we all do, and a few records down the line, they started writing SONGS. and they haven't stopped. thank god.

every record, starting with the demo tape and ending with the new what next, has been my favorite HMW record. without fail, they bested themselves with every release.

and i'm sure the guys don't want THE DRAFT to get lumped in with HWM again and again, but it's the same dudes, the same heart. and to my ears, they're coming at us from the same place.

this is my favorite THE DRAFT record.

Anonymous (September 12, 2006)

Chris hit on a friend of mine a while ago and was a total jerk. I like the album, but it's hard to take him seriously now.

danperrone (September 12, 2006)

aaaand fyi, "critic" was used in the context of "i critique some shit", not "THIS IS MY PROFESSION CHECK OUT MY 25K SALARY"

danperrone (September 12, 2006)

oh please, the fact of the matter is that we're all just sitting on our computers arguing about music

understand that the internet is NOT the real world, and THEN we will talk

FUCK THIS I'M TAKING ON THE ENTIRE INTERNET

wyzo (September 12, 2006)

'i'm a music listener and critic'

technically your not a critic till your published, your just some guy.

And more technically, your a 'sophomore at rutgers university' which means on a scale of relevance, Jason has a bit up on you.

Join the real world, then we'll talk.

colin (September 12, 2006)

wow major props to jason for talking to the fans and critics.

i guess this release just has the unfortunate consequence of being released in a year where a bunch of bands did stuff that is new, different, or intriguing. this record isn't bad, but to me, it's on par with strike anywhere. both are strong, but they can't hold my interest because i feel i heard strike anywhere (with all their prior records), and i've heard the draft (very new what next-ish)... and NWN is one of my favorite HWM records, but it's nothing daring or new.

Anonymous (September 12, 2006)

I hope this band releases as many records as HWM.

joeg (September 12, 2006)

hey jason, are you guys doing that festival in dc in october?

Anonymous (September 12, 2006)

Good record, i wish everybody would shut up picking out little holes in this record.

jumptheshark (September 12, 2006)

I fucking love this album, and it fits my mood so perfectly right now. Amazing stuff.

danperrone (September 12, 2006)

mister jason black, why in the world would i try to learn and transcribe the basslines of something i don't even like? to prove to you that my opinion is valid or invalid? i could not give a shit what you thought about my opinion, it's no more valid than is my username was aubin or if i had no username at all...yeah, i'm all down for the fact that you put your heart and soul into this shit, and that's cool and whatever, but where is this relevant? i'm NOT going to put this album on when i'm happy, sad, gloomy, having sex, listening to forever and counting, posting on the internet, etc. etc. etc. because i do not want to, because after a multitude of listens your new album does not appeal to me...at all. i DON'T know what it was like to make this record, and i don't care to...i'm a music listener and critic, i'm not making a fucking a&e biography of you! this shit doesn't appeal to me for the reasons i so plainly listed

ElVaquero (September 12, 2006)

Yo Jason if you want some sunshine, just join Chuck out here in Los Angeles. It's a beautiful cloudless mid-80's day here for us. Though.. with all the smog I can't really be all that sure if there are clouds up there or not!

Anonymous (September 12, 2006)

This sounded a whole lot like HWM to me. I like it

wyzo (September 12, 2006)

"The Mars Volta get 3.5 stars yet this gets almost a perfect score? I question the opinions of the reviewers on this site a lot."

Probably because The Draft are actually capable of putting together coherent songs."

Paris Hilton put coherent songs together, thats what she paid her songwriters to do anyway.

Why 'compete' The Draft and Mars Volta against each other, they aren't vs anyone. Start rating records on the scoeville unit. Both records are a good jalapeno.

That said, this was a much better record than I thought it would be, I'm pretty happy after the last HWM album never really got ahold of me, and I was fully with their epitaph records, so this record is good. I'm looking forward for Chuck's stuff as well.

Now I just have to find someone to download the bonus 7 inch songs from the vinyl.....

wyzo

Anonymous (September 12, 2006)

"The Mars Volta get 3.5 stars yet this gets almost a perfect score? I question the opinions of the reviewers on this site a lot."

Probably because The Draft are actually capable of putting together coherent songs.

drunkenriot (September 12, 2006)

Jason Black the best bassist in punk, both talented and a nice guy

Nap (September 12, 2006)

good
but doesnt deserve a 9

coldwaffles (September 12, 2006)

See score.

Anonymous (September 12, 2006)

Go buy this from no idea!

ozmanx (September 12, 2006)

I need to get on track and check this record out.

RiseAbove (September 12, 2006)

I forgot to score it.

RiseAbove (September 12, 2006)

An absolutely amazing album! Although I would have loved to see Devil In The Shade on the album. Luckily I ordered the vinyl which comes with a 7" with that on it. Definitely in my top 5 of 2006.

jasonwblack (September 12, 2006)

Hey, all. I just want to clear up that I in no way expect everyone to like this record and I more than welcome pertinent, thoughful crticism.
Peace
Black
PS--Please send some sunlight this way...this weather blows.

sickboi (September 12, 2006)

Don't piss off Black, you ever see the way he plays bass? Swings that shit like a baseball bat.

SloaneDaley (September 12, 2006)

Am I the only one getting a later day Samiam feel? I really like this record a lot, not as much as I liked Fuel when I first heard that but it is up there, I really enjoy the melodies.

Anonymous (September 12, 2006)

The Mars Volta get 3.5 stars yet this gets almost a perfect score? I question the opinions of the reviewers on this site a lot. This album is mediocre at best. 4 decent tracks.

ElVaquero (September 12, 2006)

I dunno, Jason. I came into HWM when they first started releasing records on Epitaph. Now way back then I thought "Jack of all Trades" and "Paper Thin" were two of the best songs I'd heard in a long time (still definitely two of my favorites from HWM), but when I started listening to the older records like No Division and Fuel... I sort of stopped listening to the new stuff a lot.

Now I don't know how much mob mentality goes into saying the older records are better, I think a lot of the time it is just "oh their first album was better." But still, there's something to be said for a sound versus a song. HWM got a lot better at writing music between Fuel and Caution but I think the reason Fuel will always be my favorite HWM album isn't the writing, but it's the experience and sound captured. Maturity and production quality are great and all but they don't necessarily mean anyone is going to like that music more.

That said, I do think the song construction on this album is a bit simpler (though the technical level of the playing is way beyond my favorite HWM stuff [although the bass has always been my favorite part of the band, and it's always been interesting and fresh, not just now]). Simple isn't bad though. Like Sickboi said before me, there's nothing wrong with "HWM plays straight-forward rock songs." The music still rocks, the hooks are still stuck in my head. I saw you guys live in Portland (alk3 trio, delicious waffles by the way) and it was amazing, especially since I never was able to go see HWM live since I grew up in the country.

But I still think the songs are a tad simple for my tastes. Doesn't mean I don't enjoy it and doesn't mean I'm not going to keep listening to this record constantly. The Draft is still young though, I can't wait to hear what you guys come up with next.

ben_conoley (September 12, 2006)

I often find I am favorable towards the first album I hear from a band. In the case of HWM, it's No Division. In the case of Alk 3, it's From Here to Infermary.

I think I do this because nothing can beat that feeling of hearing something new for the first time and having that sense of discovery. When another album comes along it can't beat that for initial feeling I get, although there are exceptions from time to time like between the first two Against Me! records.

branden (September 12, 2006)

it always happens when i get a hwm cd, i think this'll be exactly the same. first i like it, then i hate it, dont listen to it for a month or two, and then love it

recordtheory (September 12, 2006)

Ha ha, yes!

More band members should come on this site to defend their work. Perhaps then more of these kids will think twice before shit-talking.

I just picked this up on my lunch break and it still rules just as much as the copy I downloaded 2 months ago.

Rock on, Jason.

SixKidsCatholic (September 12, 2006)

Let it Go is an amazing song. It has great vocals, and an addictive bass line I keep repeating in my head. Record is oustanding.

jasonwblack (September 12, 2006)

I very often wonder--and this is in no way specific to this album or this band or even anything I've been involved with, for that matter--if people take this one very important point into consideration when passing opinions on new records--that they haven't lived with it yet.
By that I don't mean "give it a few listens," or "it's a grower," or anything like that. I mean that, at least for me, all of my favorite records have become part of my life somehow. I've experienced them in my car, on tour, when I was in a good mood, when I was in a bad mood...these records have been there for me.
Again, this is not necessarily targeted at the reviews up here of The Draft record, they just got me thinking about it. I've been hearing "It's not as good as blah blah blah from way back when" for a long time now, and so have tons of other bands. It's never fun, but it's something that undeniably comes with the territory. It's just strange to me that people are becoming so secure in their ability to fully critique, understand, and subsequently write off records in mere minutes that took months to make. Doesn't it ever occur to anyone that they like "Goddamnit" better than "Crimson" because they were 15 and making out--not 25 and going to work--the first time they heard it?
Peace,
Black

ben_conoley (September 12, 2006)

Black thanks me? No way. I thank Black. Thanks Black.

jamespastepunk (September 12, 2006)

Simple southern punk rock music. If you don't get it, then you're trying to fit the Draft into Hot Water Music, and that ain't happening.

Does everything need to be crazy complicated and "intense"?

StormShadow (September 12, 2006)

I got a promotional copy of this so I've been listening to it for a couple months. Honestly, I can't get enough. I love this CD. Just saw them in Iowa City and they were great: so tight, so intense.

That said, my perspective on this release is different than many other people's, since I never really listened to much Hot Water Music in the past. So I can understand why there are some unfavorable comparisons.

But if you can set aside Hot Water Music and accept the Draft for what it is, heavy, melodic punk rock that kills just about anything else out there today, than you shouldn't be disappointed.

sickboi (September 12, 2006)

Black's got my back, hell yeah...

Godfather (September 12, 2006)

decent album; it just makes me miss hwm that much more

LeightonESmith (September 12, 2006)

The last HWM album sounded better than this....

jonodeath (September 12, 2006)

When I saw "mellow overtones" I mean having a southern rock/folkish feel. It's hard to explain, but the song "Out Of Tune" is a perfect example. The organ really does it.

And I forgot a rating on the last post..woo!

Anonymous (September 12, 2006)

This is a ridiculously huge step down from Epitaph-era HWM, which in itself was a step down from No Idea-era HWM. Pass.

-Chinatown

recordtheory (September 12, 2006)

This is great driving music. Makes me miss HWM even more, though.

jonodeath (September 12, 2006)

I've been listening to this album for over a month now, but obviously i'll be buying it now that it's out.

This isn't a Hot Water Music record, and despite all the shit they get for it, I appluad them. They are writing insanely catchy songs that all have this mellow overtone. It's not an "intense" record, even the songs that are ballsy still have that relaxed feeling from the recording (courtesy of brian mcternan).

Songs like "Impossible", "The Tide Is Out" and "All We Can Count On" show the new style of strong writing for the band. Instead of the raw, crazy guitar leads, they hold back for the better. The term "Less is more" comes to mind. Chris' vocals are probably the best they've ever been. Instead of straining, he's found the perfect mix of straight singing and the crackled high notes that makes his voice distinct.

Listening to this from a musician's standpoint, this album made me rethink song structure. You don't have to have complicated arrangements to make a song sound like you. All you need is a strong overall song. And that's what The Draft pulls off. The bass lines do more than just follow the chords and if you listen there are some awesome lines. George's drumming isn't simple. Every once in a while he'll do something awesome that makes you rewind the song and try to air drum it (which I do...).

I listen to "In A Million Pieces" at least 2 times a day all the way through. Obsession? No. I'm just happy that i've found the type of music i've been looking for for a VERY long time.

-jonathan

Anonymous (September 12, 2006)

Owned

jasonwblack (September 12, 2006)

I agree with Brendan. "Danperrone" is one negative son of a bitch, huh? Hey, bud, since these songs are "so rediculously simple," I'll give you $10 for each of my basslines you learn and/or transcibe and send to me, k?
I'm kidding.
That said, thanks for the great, honest review and to everyone who has had something nice to say.
Peace,
Black

Anonymous (September 12, 2006)

Is this available on iTunes yet?

If so, I'm downloading it when I go home for lunch.

danperrone (September 12, 2006)

sickboi, i think you think that the people that don't like this feel that way ONLY because it's not hwm

the songs here are so ridiculously simple, not very catchy, aren't hot water music songs, lack any intensity, and are pretty bland to boot

obv i'm kidding about #3

Anonymous (September 12, 2006)

alive or dead = song of the year

Maks (September 12, 2006)

i've ordered the lp from no idea without hearing a thing. now i've heard the demo and it sounds a lot like the new what next. that's the only thing i can say. surely it will be not like fuel for the hate game, but i guess it will be way better than the demo i've heard, and it could be a solid release.

ramo (September 12, 2006)

I like this album. It's not spectacular but it does have it's moments. I'm thinking there's room for improvement if they release a sophomore effort.

Ramo

almostpunkenough (September 12, 2006)

definitley not bad. just... lacking somehow. i wanted to love this, and when i listen i jam along, but then afterwards, nothing.

GlassPipeMurder (September 12, 2006)

it takes a few listens...

Anonymous (September 12, 2006)

A few songs are amazing... but most of the album seems like filler...

drunkenriot (September 12, 2006)

all the tracks are on their purevolume... it's streaming*

Fuzzy (September 12, 2006)

Oh, and Dante-

I can't think of anything witty to come back at you with. I'll see your tall ass on our super amazing podcast.

Fuzzy (September 12, 2006)

Maybe it's because it's not what I wanted from ex-members of HWM or maybe it's because it bores me. I'm not even a HWM worshipper like most, this just...doesn't do it for me.

colin (September 12, 2006)

well good. i'm 23 and you're what, 28? i'm totally way ahead of the game.

i liked this when it first came out, then really liked it,then it got boring as the year has had some much, much, much better titles.

MikeStupid (September 12, 2006)

I had really high expectations for this one, and it actually lives up to them. Great record.

sickboi (September 12, 2006)

Colin -

You sound like me 6 months ago. It isn't HWM, get over it. The kept some of the same basic rythmns, vocal stylings and similar arrangements, but its kind of a "back to basics" type band.

I'll bet dollars to pesos their next album blows people away. I'm actually glad this one is so subtle, it heightens my anticipation of what they will do next.

colin (September 12, 2006)

I'm waiting for the bad part...

it's boring and easy? and i'd rather listen to hot water music except for a few tracks. it's just HWM light, plain, and a bit simpler. it's still better than a lot of the shit out there in pop punk, but it's certainly nothing with a whole bunch of staying power.

Dante3000 (September 12, 2006)

Justin, I'm totally telling Jason what you said when they play with the Larry Arms.
Then I'm giving him a knife and your picture...That way CSI will blame him when I shave you.
-Dante

sickboi (September 12, 2006)

Sounds like the dudes from HWM playing more straight-ahead rock songs.

I'm waiting for the bad part...

Fuzzy (September 12, 2006)

Entirely unimpressed with this. It's nothing horrible, but nothing great either. Sounds like the dudes from HWM playing more straight-ahead rock songs.

drunkenriot (September 12, 2006)

i'm picking this up tomorrow, even though i just spent 30 bucks on solillaquists of sound cds, that'll be the next good release on epitaph/anti/etc, the great epitaph/antii release before this? Rogue's motherfuckin Gallery, someone review that

GlassPipeMurder (September 12, 2006)

This is awesome. I love this. Best Epitaph release I've heard in awhile. Yeah, it reeks of Hot Water Music, but that's not a bad thing.

sickboi (September 12, 2006)

I love "Not What I Wanna Do"....

I'm finally accepting the Draft isn't HWM, and that isn't so bad.

danperrone (September 12, 2006)

really really really really let down by this one

colin (September 12, 2006)

this got old pretty fast. it was good at first but i lost track of it. a few strong songs, but nothing that would make me insist on something other than HWM.

BrendanKelly (September 12, 2006)

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