The Half Empties

Full Bore

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A set of by-the-numbers old-school punk, proudly displaying the chip-on-the-shoulder ethic that so many of their precursors made fashionable, the Half Empties make an honest effort but come up a little short with Full Bore. Like too many of their contemporaries, the Half Empties feel that the world has picked them out for a life of squandered potential followed by their personal destruction, forcing them into a corner that only redundant buzzsaw guitars and pogo-ready anthems can save them from. So, they rail against the boredom of modern life for 12 tracks of predictable punk rock posturing, with only the unfortunate stab at doe-eyed balladry in "Darlin' Baby" and the pseudo-rockabilly of "Shotgun Baby" offering any distinction in the set. Poorly sequenced as well, with certain successive tracks sounding almost indecipherable from each other, the disc ultimately drowns in its own faceless lack of musical distinction.

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