Sunday, June 17, 2012

Album Review: Grow Up, Dude

Title:  Grow Up, Dude (BandCamp, Top Shelf Records, Amazon, iTunes)

Hailing from Orlando, FL, You Blew It! expertly mixes elements of indie rock and emo/post hardcore on their full-length debut Grow Up, Dude.  If I was to venture a guess, I would suspect that the members of You Blew It! spent much of their teenage years listening to the likes of The Promise Ring, Sunny Day Real Estate, and The Get Up Kids.  The sound of those bands is certainly the foundation for Grow Up, Dude.  But what makes this record work is the fact that this isn’t just an emo rip-off.  There are angular moments here that pull from post hardcore like At the Drive-In, later Fugazi, and Hot Water Music’s, for lack of a better way to put it, less catchy moments.  There are also hints of indie rock along the lines of The Flaming Lips, Archers of Loaf, and Rilo Kiley in the mix as well.  The result is a surprisingly complex sound.   

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