Release Date: September 20th, 2012
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Plinky-plonky guitars open the title-track, ‘Noughts & Crosses’, immediately conforming to the pop-punk stereotype that has been represented by backwards caps, cargo shorts and Blink-182 t-shirts for the past ten years or so. As the lyrics kick in, the overwhelming accent that tarnishes the vocals are not only tedious, but they’re in fact false.
It’s all well and good when you’re from Orange County and you can’t help but make this extremely apparent when singing, but when you’re from Glasgow, it is most definitely not needed. The music itself is alright, not great but tolerable enough to just about sit through a track at a time. That said, it is impossible to get past the absolute irritation that is the faux-Transatlantic accent that perpetually shits on everything about the song.
‘Cards On The Table’ begins with the Bowling For Soup-esque chords, followed by more plinking and plonking upon what is probably a bright yellow Fender Strat. It’s known that pop-punk vocal styles are not supposed to be polished, nor are they supposed to be perfectly and constantly in tune, but it does occasionally help when a vocalist can hit at least one stray note every now and then.
To criticise a band so heavily does indeed seem slightly harsh and possibly a bit cruel, but I am a firm believer in ‘if you can’t do it, don’t do it’. It’s not in doubt that the band can write a song, the three tracks that construct this EP do have occasional elements of interest that incite head nods of recognition and it’s a shame that the vocals cast a dark shadow over this.
The final addition ‘His Girl Friday’ doesn’t particularly enhance or add to ‘Noughts & Crosses’ in any way whatsoever. The construction of the track itself is relatively decent and the performance of the rhythm section is of adequacy and cannot really be faulted, but the vocals, well, I feel that enough has been said regarding said issue and to continue doing so would only become as tedious.
Written by L.E.D.
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