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Dead Mechanical

Dead Mechanical: Addict RhythmsAddict Rhythms (2010)
Traffic Street / Toxic Pop

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: BryneBryne
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Baltimore, MD's Dead Mechanical avoid the sophomore slump on Addict Rhythms with another consistent collection of competent, fuzzy pop-punk. The band has always done choruses quite well, and the opening title track is no exception here. Ditto for "Sidewalks," a track that has a certain repetitive.
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Baltimore, MD's Dead Mechanical avoid the sophomore slump on Addict Rhythms with another consistent collection of competent, fuzzy pop-punk.

The band has always done choruses quite well, and the opening title track is no exception here. Ditto for "Sidewalks," a track that has a certain repetitive bounciness to it that the band hasn't often utilized this well. The gruff background screams that echo the song's chorus toward its end are a positive touch.

The mid-tempo "Baltimore Calling" has a certain melodic quality to it that recalls luminaries like Banner Pilot, and again, the chorus is top-notch. The guitar sounds here come off surprisingly layered as well; it's probable that some studio magic was employed, but still, for a three-piece with what was undoubtedly a meager recording budget, shit sounds good. "A World of Mistakes" showcases some fairly impressive riffing on each end, and some neat tempo changes that, while subtle, might catch some by surprise. The melodies carrying "Pictures in the Hall" are pretty great, and the more subdued vocal approach pairs with the twinkling distortion quite well.

Dead Mechanical dabble in a bit of silliness with the brief "Feathered Creature," which appears to be about a bird (an oriole, perhaps?), though its metaphorical nature might lead one to believe otherwise.

And "Creature" isn't Addict Rhythms' only misstep; "Film at Forever" sounds unnecessarily sloppy and out of place, especially in the vocal department. It's made even more curious by the fact that the very next track, "Watchpost," is similarly constructed while sounding a hell of a lot tighter.

Another surprise here is the post-punk groove behind "All the Weathermen." The guitar parts are unlike anything else here, and the band pulls it off with flying colors. It'd be interesting to hear them dip into that well more often.

Addict Rhythms, with its relative consistency and mostly successful curveballs, ought to please any fan of the band's earlier work and, hopefully, gain Dead Mechanical some much deserved praise as a band to be reckoned with in the pop-punk universe.



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abolitionist (May 10, 2011)

This album rules so hard, sounds great on vinyl.

victim (December 19, 2010)

Wow, I just started listening to this and I already see what the reviewer means by "fuzzy pop-punk". So far I really like the song Baltimore Calling.

MN_DrNick (December 14, 2010)

Very enjoyable. I love this album.

killtaker (July 5, 2010)

Loved these dudes at Insub Fest. Really like this record. The singer gave out free bottles of water which was terrific.
Just ordered from Traffic Street Records.

lmnndtlgrph (June 29, 2010)

i like this record a whole lot.

mattramone (June 28, 2010)

In the running for the best record of the year.

mikexdude (June 26, 2010)

You asked for this after the formspring, bryne.

bryne (June 26, 2010)

Don't mind Mikey, he's just blathering loudly to himself here.

mikexdude (June 25, 2010)

All this about studio tricks.... Green Day's Dookie had like 13 guitar tracks.

GarrettIrish (June 25, 2010)

Great album, I like the polish on it cause it's not too overdone, it leaves some of the raw feeling I get when I see them live. Not to mention I love the way the guitar lines go, the mix of chords and picking, which is balanced really well for a 1 guitar band, even taking into account studio magic.

sloanedaley (June 25, 2010)

Perhaps the best pop punk band going right now. Album is the shit.

mikexdude (June 25, 2010)

ONE MORE THING, the "sloppiness" during the chorus of "Film at Forever" reminds a lot of Fuel for the Hate Game.

mikexdude (June 25, 2010)

Also, I really disagre with this review, Bryne. But you can't win them all. Four stars.

mikexdude (June 25, 2010)

Love, love, love this band. Wish they re-recorded "A Great Lie" like they did "Sidewalks", but I guess that would take away from the 7 inch. I remember poking my head in when they were recording this, glad it sounds as good as I expected. EVERYONE SHOULD BE PAYING ATTENTIO TO THIS BAND.

satangothlord (June 25, 2010)

Great album, Film At Forever is actually my favourite song on the album. Love the sloppiness. Perfect singalong too. If you really, really loved me, you'd bring me hard hard drugs.

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