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The Sidekicks - Sam [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

The Sidekicks

The Sidekicks: Sam [7 inch]Sam [7 inch] (2008)
Whoa Oh

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The Sidekicks follow up their full-length of last year, So Long, Soggy Dog, with this four-song 7" for pop-punk aficionados Whoa Oh Records. Sam is another dedication to a beloved pet dog of the same name that passed on at one point or another. Though one of the only hints you had from the previous .
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The Sidekicks follow up their full-length of last year, So Long, Soggy Dog, with this four-song 7" for pop-punk aficionados Whoa Oh Records. Sam is another dedication to a beloved pet dog of the same name that passed on at one point or another. Though one of the only hints you had from the previous release was the title, a closeup of the seemingly lovable mutt's face with a drawn-on halo on the back cover here gives a face to the name.

Sam leans a little bit more towards the reserved quasi-folk-punk side that bubbled up on Soggy Dog, with considerably smooth melodic edges that emphasize vocalist/guitarist Steve Smith's conversational narratives."You, you help me to defy most of my flawed logic," he says in opener "Hop on a Sea Cow & Manatee Up." "In the end, I hope your diligence makes a difference 'cause now all my lights burned out." Yet the band maintains a certain grit through the course of the 7", balancing themselves between, say, American Steel and the Riot Before. "Bryant Gregst (Gets Nervous)" provides a sweet picture of this, letting loose a rambunctious howl between prettier moments of restraint.

Sam is a more-than-solid and sincere listen, making for a nice late-year entry that tempts you to carve out a spot for them in your Fest schedule.

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Hop on a Sea Cow & Manatee Up
I Burned the Crops

Bryant Gregst (Gets Nervous)

 

 
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mattramone (October 30, 2008)

This EP is amazing.

kennyshmix (October 30, 2008)

yeah i've heard of this band before. I don't get them. ya know? i just really don't get them.

But i do like the music. Catchy lyrics, catchy hooks, catchy guys.

as a wiseman once said cause he heard a guy from texas say it

"i'm into it"

oreooooo (October 29, 2008)

And I forget the 5 stars. . .

oreooooo (October 29, 2008)

I love them.

IanIsSuperRad (October 28, 2008)

I can't get enough of this band. Love this 7".

HugoChavez (October 28, 2008)

This record, and this band are awesome!! Definitely suggest picking this up.

Blackjaw_x (October 28, 2008)

I listen to both this and So Long, Soggy Dog every single day, sometimes twice each, and I don't think I'll ever get sick of it. They're just the perfect band for me - vocally, musically and very much lyrically as well. Most of the lyrics coincide quite well with philosophy, whether purposely or not, and music and philosophy are the two most important things in the world to me.

Also, Steven TP Smith (the singer) has a solo project with 6 or 7 equally great acoustic songs on his myspace that I listen to most days as well.

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