Saturday, November 17, 2012

EP Review: 45 db.

Artists:  The Radio Reds (Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, BandCamp, Big Cartel, ReverbNation, Last.fm); The Nondenoms (Official, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, ReverbNation, Last.fm)

The Radio Reds and The Nondenoms have put together one of the best split EP’s in years.  45 db. has an intensity and an energy that is undeniable.  The EP opens with The Radio Reds’ “Throw Me a Line,” a catchy song that mixes Hot Water Music-esque guitars with Jawbreaker-like vocals and the earnestness of The Replacements full-length debut.  “Out of the Blue” is another song that blends subgenres beautifully, with a sound that is Dillinger Four meets Husker Du (Flip Your Wig era) meets Sunny Day Real Estate on speed (not that this is really a fast song but it is certainly faster than the average Sunny Day Real Estate song).  The digital version of the EP also includes an excellent cover of Tom Petty’s “Running Down a Dream.”  The Nondenoms start things off with what is possibly the shortest song since the Descendents’ “All,” “Fleas.”  Next is “Theme Song,” another short burst of unbelievable energy.  The EP closes things out with the melodic hardcore number “My Day,” a song that is very reminiscent of Bad Religion and Pennywise (the good stuff) with a bass-line that puts some of Matt Freeman’s best work to shame. 

What’s great about this EP and both of these bands, is their ability to take a variety of influences and mash them all up to create sounds that are fresh and reminiscent all at the same time.  45 db. is certainly one of the best EP’s of 2012 and needless to say I can’t wait to see what these bands come up with next! 

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