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Agent: Awake in Their World [7 inch]Awake in Their World [7 inch] (2009)
Run For Cover Records

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During the Agent's headlining set at their recent sold-out record release show for Awake in Their World, the singer of local Moss Icon-worshippers Everything Sucks playfully shouted out, "Play the one about being a kid on Long Island!" The remark was funny because it basically summed up the theme of.
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During the Agent's headlining set at their recent sold-out record release show for Awake in Their World, the singer of local Moss Icon-worshippers Everything Sucks playfully shouted out, "Play the one about being a kid on Long Island!" The remark was funny because it basically summed up the theme of every one of the Agent's 13 songs they've recorded to date, but it also overshadows the fact that, better than any band, the Agent best capture the panic and hostility every youth exhibits when the transition to adulthood looms directly ahead.

The band's been through two lineup changes and one re-recording since their last release, 2006's I Wouldn't Trade That for Anything, and consequently, there are some vocal and musical tweaks on Awake in Their World. Another all-too-short collection of scrappy, poppy melodic hardcore songs, Awake is a little more liberal in exposing the band's mid-`90s emo influences, painting their desperate manifestations with greater shades of the Promise Ring (the bridge on "I Am No One") and Texas Is the Reason (intro to "Current," outro to "Tough Lake, Mr. Muenster") than before. Additionally, vocalist Keith Pilson sounds a little different in his delivery, particularly in his upper range. It's hard to characterize just how, but it's definitely there. Granted, some change is to be expected; it's been two and a half years, and they definitely seem to be escaping the "Saves the Day covering a Braid record" pigeonholing.

In any event, this material is just about as thoughtful and enjoyable as the band's previous stuff. Tinges of another major influence, Crime in Stereo, peak through on "Processes Incur Subconscious," which hints at the emotional pain CIS occasionally exhibited on Explosives and the Will to Use Them or The Troubled Stateside. There's a serious melancholic flair on this track, but the phrase "hurts so good" comes to mind. Pounding dynamics punctuate the equally excellent "I Am No One," where the throttling stop-start towards the end is just superb. Finally, there's some more complex structuring on closer "Tough Lake, Mr. Muenster," further proving the Agent haven't lost their touch at gifted songcraft.

Though I slightly prefer the band's first official recording session (which yielded both their first official demo and EP), this is their first release where pretty much every song rules equally. If the Agent ever puts out a full-length, hopefully they manage to maintain such egalitarianism while perpetuating Peter Pan-isms in the literate and paradoxically mature ways they've continued to make their mark for.

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danclemens (February 16, 2011)

One of my favorite 7-inches. I think its way ahead of the demo and ep. It practically lives on my turntable.

Kursk64 (August 28, 2010)

Really wish these guys would come out with a full length of this quality. With Crime In Stereo gone, they need to fill the gap!

blanktapesemptybottles (April 23, 2009)

someone remind me to pick this up

jake358 (April 22, 2009)

I enjoy this because it is the agent.
But these songs are just not as strong as previous material.

MikeMoak (April 22, 2009)

AGENT is fucking great, so is Connor.

LooseKanonYankee (April 22, 2009)

I like this, but none of these songs is as good "Im fucking sick of people leaving and not saying goodbye"

onegirlarmy (April 21, 2009)

Dig what I heard on the stream, much better than the previous EP!

teaessare (April 21, 2009)

really want a full length out of these guys. i really like the first EPs style better than this (even though the drumming sucks). Still, this is a great band, and this is a good release.

Blackjaw_x (April 21, 2009)

I agree with (most of) what Mike said. As theoretically dumb as it is to say "not enough hooks"... not enough hooks. And not enough punch either. But its' still MUCH better than other bands I could say have the same problems... Dillinger Four, Banner Pilot, Paint It Black, etc.

3.5 stars also.

mikexdude (April 21, 2009)

I take that back, it isn't the vocals, theres something... hmmm...

With E.P.s, this is my opinion: since there aren't that many songs, each one has to either stand out and have an identity, or be a filler type track that excentuates the other tracks, like an instrumental; I feel like these songs don't really "stick out" in any way like The Redder the Better or Chorus of One or any great E.P. of this genre. It all just sounds very '"same-y" regardless of tempo changes. Just a bunch of melodic tracks but no umph. Solid nonetheless.

mikexdude (April 21, 2009)

You know, the instruments are dead on, the vocals just aren't where I wish they'd be; add in a little more intensity to the vocals and I'd be sold.

Icapped2pac (April 21, 2009)

Mostly agreed. Solid effort.

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