Take Warning

Leaving Here Tomorrow

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The debut EP by Santa Cruz trio Take Warning is straight-up emo punk with little need for further genre tags. Led by singer Aaron Whiting and guitarist Pat Diola, Take Warning specialize in unfussy, straight-ahead melodic punk tunes topped with Whiting's angsty but not particularly annoying vocals and Harolde's buzzsaw guitar drone over the hardcore gallop of bassist Marisssa Kurk and drummer Dustin Roth. The five songs whiz past in an agreeable 13 minutes, no one tune overstaying its welcome, but at the disc's end, it can be difficult to remember specifics. Indeed, given that Take Warning are working entirely within the parameters of a musical style that was first mapped out over a quarter century ago with the first wave of Dischord bands, it's a wonder the casual listener can tell much of a difference between Leaving Here Tomorrow and any number of other similarly appealing but forgettable EPs.

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