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Tin Cans With Strings to You

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As a tuneless alt-hardcore album interspersed with occasional spurts of potential, Tin Cans With Strings to You was a considerably wobbly debut. Frontman Jonah Sonz Matranga yelped like Billie Joe Armstrong and sometimes like Concrete Blonde's Johnette Napolitano, backing the Coal Chamber-styled bass-steered songs into an impulsive if clich├ęd corner of sulky angst. Lyrically, the band tackled the usual subjects: Old Testament frustration ("Job's Eyes"), talk show culture ("Love, American Style"), and something about lemmings, plastic, Irish lullabies, and "a hella cool dude" ("Cut-Out").

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