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No Harm Done

No Harm Done: EscapeEscape (2008)
Think Fast! Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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No Harm Done is a young band, yet they've already managed to criss-cross the U.S., put out several releases and make a marked change in sound. Escape, their third full-length and debut for Think Fast!, strips down their style considerably. Instead of the gravelly, technical skatepunk-leanings of the.
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No Harm Done is a young band, yet they've already managed to criss-cross the U.S., put out several releases and make a marked change in sound. Escape, their third full-length and debut for Think Fast!, strips down their style considerably. Instead of the gravelly, technical skatepunk-leanings of their earlier output, Escape succeeds on a more streamlined and poppy but totally competent and coherent melodic hardcore plane.

In the first few songs on Escape, immediate similarities to a more straightforward Crime in Stereo circa The Troubled Stateside ("I Decline") and post-reunion Lifetime ("One Thirty-Six AM") run rampant. It helps that vocalist Matt Cantwell has a slightly raspy but overall cleaner delivery than before and is now pretty reminiscent of CIS's Kristian Hallbert. Heck, fans of Set Your Goals will probably take a liking, too. In any event, the smoother flair helps No Harm Done sound more heartfelt and succinct.

A likely contributing factor to the band's simpler approach is the addition of guitarist Charles Chaussinand. In addition to running Get Outta Town Records, Chaussinand has played in Make or Break, a pretty straightforward hardcore act themselves. His fast-paced power chords and occasional frill helps provide a base that works for No Harm Done just as much as the guitar wizardry of their past did.

Escape makes good on its title, with the band often singing about wanting to leave their desolate state of Florida, from the anthemic, one-line opener "My Escape" to "Welcome to Florida" ("fuck the sunshine, fuck this state"), otherwise exploring loneliness, desperation and confusion common for the members' age (something like 16-20 or so).

No Harm Done already seemed to have their transition record with last year's EP, the appropriately titled The Start of Something New. Escape is definitely the first complete effort for them showing off their new chops, and though it doesn't feel entirely versatile or the songs too well-rounded, it's still a solid one at that. As the band further explore this new terrain, one can be assured their songwriting will get better and the ambition to try something new will push them into much more impressive territory.

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Rudy87 (January 14, 2009)

I really dig Festivus Yes, Bagles No

blip (August 28, 2008)

6 in tha mornin'!

LooseKanonYankee (August 25, 2008)

haha, I got them at the same time as well. I love Lagwgagon, but they will be the first to admitt they are losing steam. I just think these guys sound much more excitied about everything. Its not Lagwagons fault they are gettin old

blanktapesemptybottles (August 24, 2008)

you calm your tongue, I mean I got both records on the same day but Lagwagon is Lagwagon, but yeah this record is good, it also has the advantage of being a record not an ep

LooseKanonYankee (August 23, 2008)

This record kicks ass, I personally think its much better than the new Lagwagon

onegirlarmy (August 22, 2008)

Sidenote, I think it's awesome that Charles from Get Outta Town plays in bands he's friends with or puts out records by. He also plays for Offsides sometimes as well.

onegirlarmy (August 22, 2008)

Um, kids/teenagers have jobs too, you don't know for a fact that young bands automatically get money from their parents to go on tour. Don't make assumptions about this stuff when you don't really know.

I don't think it should matter how young they are though, NHD is a good band. Awesome record.

friokir (August 22, 2008)

wow, way to be bitter at someone having supportive parents.

xote (August 22, 2008)

Wasting mommys and daddys money to go tour. I fucking hate this shit. While there are so many fucking better bands out there struggling to make a fucking dime to just play out of state these kids get all hyped becuase their spoiled fucking brats.

friokir (August 22, 2008)

reminds me of the swellers.

mikexdude (August 22, 2008)

Lots of filler. I'm sick of hearing how young this band is.

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