Honcho Overload

Smiles Everyone

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With members of Hum, Poster Children, and other Illinois indie rock luminaries gracing the lineup of Honcho Overload, the group captures a real sense of the burgeoning '90s Midwestern rock scene. Marked by layers and layers of buzzing guitars as well as hyperactive drumming, this post-grunge movement reshaped the Northwestern groove into something more urgent, but less punk. Within Smiles Everyone, Cheap Trick and the Smashing Pumpkins are referenced plenty on upbeat numbers like "Brain Bath," and while there is no overt Xeroxing of any one artist in particular, the Midwestern indie quintessence is hard to ignore, leaving Honcho Overload with a rather undefined sound. There are a couple decent moments on Smiles Everyone, like the righteous chorus of "Oklahoma," but for the most part Honcho Overload's overstuffed pop is nondescript and almost tuneless. Hum and Poster Children completists might have some interest in this record; for other listeners, Smiles Everyone is difficult to recommend.

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