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No Target Audience

No Target Audience: Gifts and ReturnsGifts and Returns (2008)
Sunshine

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: BryneBryne
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With bands like Reverse the Curse, Echoes of Harpers Ferry and the Sidekicks, among many others, the scene in Ohio -- specifically, the northeastern chunk of it -- appears to possess a healthy amount of diverse acts, and most of them are really fucking good. No Target Audience can safely be added to.


With bands like Reverse the Curse, Echoes of Harpers Ferry and the Sidekicks, among many others, the scene in Ohio -- specifically, the northeastern chunk of it -- appears to possess a healthy amount of diverse acts, and most of them are really fucking good. No Target Audience can safely be added to that list with their new-ish EP, Gifts and Returns.

Hearing to the gritty, blistering hardcore of 58-second intro "Our Good Friends the Police" might mislead the listener into thinking Gifts and Returns is a re-imagining of a sound from a quarter of a century ago, but that's where the homage ends.

The other four songs here are kind of all over the place, but there isn't anything included that's so outlandish it'd cause you to say out loud to yourself, "What the fuck is that doing in there?" I mean, Christ, there's a saxophone prominent on both "The Earth" and "High Horses for Tired People"; the former is a fairly conventional grit-laced pop-punk jam and the latter is louder and slightly more chaotic, but again, neither song is hampered by it. And if you're waiting for a lazy, name-droppy comparison, here's one: these songs sound like a cross between Get Warmer-era Bomb the Music Industry! and any-era Latterman.

And if they still haven't blown your mind -- with diversity! -- No Target Audience end Gifts and Returns with "Passing Through," a five-plus-minute opus with a somber introductory piano part and more horns. The song maintains a mid-tempo foundation throughout and ends with some positively infectious gang vocals. Not too shabby.

Just in case this glowing review isn't incentive enough for you to check out this EP, you can download it for free at the link below.

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IanIsSuperRad (February 26, 2009)

I'm so happy these guys are getting some recognition. Awesome dudes. Awesome ep.

Ravnos (February 26, 2009)

Also, there's a bunch of stuff here by a bunch of Ohio bands. I haven't checked any of it out yet, but I intend to, maybe some of the rest of you would be interested in this too.

Ravnos (February 26, 2009)

The Richard Sagawa stuff is up for download at archive.org too, as is some early acoustic stuff. Looking forward to checking it all out.

Blackjaw_x (February 25, 2009)

They do have a full length, Tree City Blues. They also have another EP called Richard Sagawa or something. I prefer those two records over this one, but this is still good.

gabbagabbamike (February 25, 2009)

I'm into this. I'm really looking forward to hearing some more from these guys in terms of a full length. It's awesome that they put it up for free too - more people should get into this band.

ConJohn (February 25, 2009)

Check out American War!! (Myspace.com/AmericanWar)

Its Matt the lead singers solo material. So fucking good!!

ChokingVictim (February 25, 2009)

band rules, great music and awesome dudes

oreooooo (February 25, 2009)

anything and everything they have ever done has been incredible.

especially everything at klub khameleon?

except football skills. but still pretty good at that too.

maxstern (February 24, 2009)

stoked this got reviewed. these guys rule and are some of the nicest people i know.

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