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Hit the Switch: Observing InfinitiesObserving Infinities (2009)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: dlangl4dlangl4
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Chino, Californiaís Hit the Switch sounds a fuck of a lot like NOFX. But let me qualify that compliment. They donít sound like NOFX in every way imaginable. Oh no. They sound like a very specific flavor of NOFX. To specify a particular album they sound like, see Pump Up the Valuum. To specify particular songs they sound like from that album, see "Take Two Placebos and Call Ma Lame," "Clams Have Feelings Too" and "Stranger Than Fishiní."
With 12 songs clocking in at 31 minutes and 21 seconds, Observing Infinities hits the listener with just the right amount of punk rock without feeling drawn out or saturated by filler. The first song, "Ancient Sunlight" starts off with what sounds like a lullaby before quickly exploding into exactly the type of sound I describedÖskate rock with abrasive vocals covered by dual guitars mixing both melodic and faster leads.
The result can be pretty overwhelming at times, but thatís a good thing here, as Observing Infinities is a polished and professional effort. Compared to the bandís last release from 2006, this album is a huge step up.
If the trend continues, expect Hit the Switch to continue to improve. Observing Infinities becomes more and more listenable over time. But please donít misconstrue my excessive comparisons to NOFX. I donít think the band should change their sound or broaden their musical horizons. Not at all. They sound fine how they are and I canít wait for their next release. If this album is any indication of what Hit the Switch is capable of, I think itís a safe bet that this band is ready to fill their niche in the punk world.
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