The Plans for Next Year EP marks the debut release from the New York indie band the Red and the Black. It's a tightly produced, highly synergized effort for this band. Emo-like threads are melodic and earnest while punk rock elements highlight the Red and the Black's raw aggression. Vocalist Tim Lauben falls in between the bittersweet sounds of Jimmy Eat World's Jim Adkins and mid-'90s songman Lou Barlow. "Three Degrees" exudes a raucous beauty with serrated guitars; "Movie Memories" is equally earnest, with anguished lyrics and a heavy rhythm section. Lauben and guitarist Mike Esper are a fixed pair. The Red and the Black define a solid rock sound on their debut release. Plans for Next Year is definitely a prime effort, allowing listeners to seek out what comes next from the band.
AllMusic Review by MacKenzie Wilson