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Sick City

Sick City: NightlifeNightlife (2007)
Smallman Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5


Contributed by: Ben_ConoleyBen_Conoley
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Some music makes you want to dance. Some music makes you want to shake your fist in the air and sing along. Some music does both. Sick City's debut full-length, Nightlife, does neither. While the Winnipeg band's first effort is certainly a well-polsihed effort, no amount of gloss would be able t.
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Some music makes you want to dance. Some music makes you want to shake your fist in the air and sing along. Some music does both. Sick City's debut full-length, Nightlife, does neither.

While the Winnipeg band's first effort is certainly a well-polsihed effort, no amount of gloss would be able to cover up a lack of creativity which, at its best, is nothing more than a checklist of various flavors of the month. Check it out.

Stadium rock guitar peppered with metal/hardcore moments -- check. Look no further than "In the Millions." The band can throw in as much metal influence as they want, but Josh Youngston's emo crooning is going to make it as forgettable as it is brief.

Calling your music evil and melodic -- check. "We like to say that our music is 60% evil 40% pop. Kind of a joke, but actually very accurate," says singer Josh Youngston. Actually, Josh, that whole statement is a joke.

Blatant desire to appeal to "the scene's" fashion sense -- check. The photo accompanying the promo release of the CD features ripped jeans, Vans slip-ons, a scarf, one full-length sleeve tattoo, a tie and one dude in nothing but jeans and a black shirt to hold down some cred.

Big choruses to encourage just enough toe-tapping and sing-alongs ('Moving, Not Moving Forward') to make the listener forget that they've heard it before, only better -- check.

Smooth singing with occasional background screams -- check.

Nightlife is, at its best, melodic hard rock with enough emo vocals and hardcore guitar moments to warrant a review on a website with "punk" in its title. Our genre is extremely flexible in terms of what fits inside it, but the line has to be drawn somewhere. Might I suggest we draw it wherever Sick City is standing?

 


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Trauma16 (October 11, 2007)

I wonder if smallman was obligated to sign them because they're from winnipeg...

branden (October 10, 2007)

haha dont knock on the vans slip ons. i quit tying my shoes years ago, and they are the best shoe ever.

Xkingbuzzox (October 10, 2007)

While reading this review I seriously thought this band was on Victory. Sadly, I was mistaken.

brown (October 9, 2007)

Ghosts of Modern Man is SOOOOOOOO good.

Like really, it's ridiculous.

This however isn't so much with the good. Smallman is dragging its name in the mud for some recognition, it makes me sad.

moneenerd (October 9, 2007)

Smallman Records is usually pretty dependable.

Moneen
Layaway plan
Comeback Kid
Choke
Sixty Stories
Daggermouth
Ghosts of Modern man

But now we got assclowns coming out like The Reason and Sick City on the label bringing in the big crowds. gross.

letthebeatdrop (October 9, 2007)

oh yeah, and the rating was for this review because its hilarious and fucking true!!!

letthebeatdrop (October 9, 2007)

yeah, this band blows.

red_eye_inc (October 9, 2007)

I bet the guy in the black shirt and jeans was the drummer. He spent all his money on teeny-tiny cymbals and a double bass kick so he couldn't afford tattoos or hair dye.

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