30 Day Warranty

Songs Before EP

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30 Day Warranty's debut is most faithful to the sound of early-'90s Cali groups like Face to Face and Unwritten Law, where the push-forward aggression of hardcore rhythms were tempered by singsong melody and triumphant guitar breaks. Songs Before doesn't break any new ground in this department, but the vocals are soaring and strong, and the music is tightly played. Highlights include "Flames of Resistance" and "When I Said Forever," which might contain the 3,000th instance of a young punk revival combo screaming "Goodbyyyyyyyyye" over drum fills and chunky power chords. And each time, another kid in the audience knew just how that singer felt. A sloppy, pogo-worthy goof on the Cheers theme closes Songs Before with some comic relief.

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