Pooch

Individual

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Pooch have given birth to an intriguing musical form, as they heavily and flawlessly incorporate electronica into their melodic rapcore style. This combination is quite interesting simply because electronica and rapcore were both heralded as "the 21st century's dominant musical avenue" at one time or another, yet neither fully lived up to such excessive boasting. Individual may be the first full-length album to ever tackle this crossing over of styles so effectively, as they complement each other remarkably well. The abundant dosage of electronica in every song on Individual really helps to draw attention away from the band's minor faults -- even the most mundane song structure is veiled by the heavily programmed beats that blanket each track. J.J. turns on his haunting melody at will, with his actual singing able to thrust the listener into a semi-dreamlike haze, and while his attempts at rapcore flow aren't incredibly impressive, they are tolerable. Dion's aggressive guitars keep the band consistently heavy yet tend to fade into the background due to the electronic invasion around every corner. Pooch have played numerous shows with Taproot, and the influence is extremely noticeable -- if it weren't for the techno flavor, Pooch would surely seem like Taproot's shadow. Their undeniable similarities hurt Individual, as even though Pooch are doing something relatively fresh, it tends to feel like recycled material. If these four men continue in the direction Individual has introduced, and work on finding their own voice musically, they may surprise you. But as it stands, although Pooch are a solid rapcore/electronica group, they wear their influences on their sleeve.

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