Dead Red


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This trio from Newfoundland-cum-Nova Scotia is intent on making three-chord rock that isn't as hard as punk rock acts such as Rancid or Pennywise but not as melodic as Green Day or blink-182, instead finding a comfortable midpoint between. "Blackout" is a bouncy tune that has the group finding its niche after some usual punk fare in "Simple Betrayal." Having two of the three members split vocal duties is also a nice and welcoming difference, as both possess a slightly different take on the same formulaic punk rock patterns. One item worth noticing is the obvious lack of guitar solos, the band instead relying on airtight arrangements for the majority of the album. The only exceptions are "Tell Me" and "Flower Hill," which closes in on four minutes and has more jangle-based guitar than the other tracks. "Crash" has a lot more intensity as well. A problem with the album is that, while no song is bad or ill-timed, there isn't a standout track, just a collection of straightforward punk rock songs. The songs do tend to get stronger as the debut effort goes on, which is a positive. The record isn't horribly bad, but isn't particularly outstanding either.