The Anaesthetics

The Anaesthetics

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This group spends the first song trying to find their niche, moving from a rollicking cowpunk start to verses that slow the pace almost to a standstill. "NRG" is a song that veers back and forth and seems a bit aimless as a result. Craig Frank's drumming is the track's only highlight. Thankfully, the group moves into an infectious guitar riff in "Big Kids," which resembles Elastica and Belly. "If my mind's a mess/You can't force me to confess," sings lead vocalist Andrea DeLesdernier over some crunchy riffs. "Shut Up" falls along similar lines, but has more of an edgier tone to it in the vein of Blondie or Joan Jett. The arrangements are also airtight, which is a definite plus for such tracks. The only problem is that some of the best parts have her vocals being spoken, not sung. "The Legend of Big Bob" isn't a great track, starting off with a roots rockabilly feeling but never quite getting off the ground. "High & Low" recalls an early Garbage demo, but has a lovable arrangement to it, moving from alternative rock to mainstream and back. A new wave feeling blended with hard rhythm rock guitars makes the Jefferson Airplane cover of "White Rabbit" quite interesting. Although it does have a few rough spots, it's a very good debut.

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