Magnet School

Tonight We Drink Tomorrow We Battle the Evil At Hand

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This Austin foursome covers Swervedriver's immortal 1992 single "Never Lose That Feeling" and prove up to such arduous task. American bands lost their xenophobic aversion to effects pedals (like chorus!) years ago; still, few that use them rock. Start with the oddly middle-placed "Angeldust" and "Beneath My Station," and you'll find a hot zone where Ride/Swervedriver's heavier school of shoegaze (with white noise freakouts) crashes into classic American emo, in an outburst of dirty-chiming guitars and pounding bass and drums -- offsetting soaring, nice-boy vocal harmonies. Tonight we drink to a rip-roaring LP that resulted from three years' serious rehearsal.

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