When Do We Start Fighting?

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Seafood hooked up with Girls Against Boys' Eli Janney on its second album, When Do We Start Fighting, and the match proved golden. When Do We Start Fighting is a slick production with edgy lyrics and bass-heavy guitar work, while the hybrid of Brit-pop and punk moves beyond the "alternative" tag. "People Are Underestimated" glistens around dream pop/indie rock threads similar to the likes of the Pixies. "Splinter" and "Western Battle" are chic metal cuts, and Seafood's tight musicianship is impressive. David Line's candied vocals are boyish but aged. There's something aching underneath these songs. Ex-Madder Rose frontwoman Mary Lorson guests on the intrinsically fragile "What May Be the Oldest," and continues the soul searching. The members of Seafood do not follow their contemporaries on When Do We Start Fighting, and they don't sound uniquely English either. That's what makes this album so enjoyable. Seafood, alongside Janney, made a decent album without giving way to what's commercially appealing.

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