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Static Radio NJ - An Evening of Bad Decisions..... (Cover Artwork)

Static Radio NJ

Static Radio NJ: An Evening of Bad Decisions.....An Evening of Bad Decisions..... (2008)
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On Static Radio NJ's previous EP, One for the Good Guys, the band played some adequate renditions of rapid-fire melodic hardcore straight out of the Yemin playbook. For the followup full-length, An Evening of Bad Decisions....., SRNJ step back, take a breath and inject a wealth of melody and more cl.
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On Static Radio NJ's previous EP, One for the Good Guys, the band played some adequate renditions of rapid-fire melodic hardcore straight out of the Yemin playbook. For the followup full-length, An Evening of Bad Decisions....., SRNJ step back, take a breath and inject a wealth of melody and more clean singing, and it's actually a great decision.

While this essentially means Decisions is more Lifetime and less Kid Dynamite, the band is all the better off for it. And there seems to be a bit of Chunksaah-era Bouncing Souls to the New Brunswick band's method, plus things are entirely more heartfelt sounding. You can attach a specific emotion or feeling to each track, pretty much. Just analyzing the first trio of songs Decisions offers, opener "Marc" is a clearly fun romp, "Bothered" the angry followup and "Green Hoody" pleasingly earnest -- it's no "Theme for a New Brunswick Basement Show," but the last of these three really stand out on the record.

In "Statelines," the band charge forward with those urgent, bouncy chords and it's more proof how well they wear their influences; however, it's also an insistent forward rush that really works, and they know to throw in an abruptly restrained riff to give the song a little dynamism. Even a dumb lyric like that which starts off "Wake Up" ("Can you repeat that again? I missed the part about being a fucked up, stupid bum") becomes amusingly silly and memorable. A cameo on "In Your Dreams" from Seasick's Nick Laskowski makes for a noticeable moment, too.

Despite the terribly phoned in artwork to their first full-length (purposely botched Xerox job?), Static Radio's slightly shifted focus has resulted in a more efficient and definitively accomplished style.

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dirtydacoitdan (September 27, 2008)

Saw these guys in Richmond, VA and had them on my Salad Days radio show after. They kicked ass live! They are also the nicest bunch of guys you will ever meet. The new LP is killer and is sure to make my top 10 list at year's end. Get it or regret it!

kill_FFTL (August 13, 2008)

mother fuckin hardcore

14theroad (August 11, 2008)

Record's dope city fresh! These guys are awesome and backed hard.

victim (August 8, 2008)

Awesome. Guess this isn't actually available yet?

bryne (July 28, 2008)

This record is pretty great. A huge improvement from the EP.

danperrone (July 27, 2008)

technically this isn't out yet. i think the street date is 9/9/08.

but it's fucking awesome. one of my favorites of the year. "fin", "green hoody", and "the waiting game" are the best.

mattramone (July 27, 2008)

I like it.

thereveling (July 26, 2008)

STATIC RADIO
LET ME RUN
THE REVELING
@
Lost and Found 113 Franklin st. Greenpoint Brooklyn

AUGUST 19th

14theroad (July 26, 2008)

Good shit guys.

TD99 (July 26, 2008)

They are cool guys and good on CD, but their live show is lacking.

thegooch (July 26, 2008)

awesome album and awesome dudes

chokingvictim (July 25, 2008)

awesome cd. i booked them a show in VA beach and i definitely enjoyed em more live than on record, so i don't know what the people below are talking about.

gabbagabbamike (July 25, 2008)

awesome record. one of the best of this year so far.

johnrambo (July 25, 2008)

i really like this album.

scientistrock (July 25, 2008)

These guys rocked pretty hard at Hot Water Music.

SloaneDaley (July 25, 2008)

I must agree that when I saw them live it did not sound good.

mikeinflames (July 25, 2008)

good album. but when i saw them play live last year they really sucked. bad.

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