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Shruggin' Off The Feelings

Review by Gary Hill

This Arizona based trio delivers a great sampling of high energy and catchy pop rock on this EP. There is a good range from song to song, yet there is also a consistency to it. While this definitely leans toward seriously hard rocking sounds, it never loses sight of catchy hooks. However you label this, consider it entertaining.

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Track by Track Review
The Ride
This comes in a bit restrained. The vocals bring a pop sound that makes me think of the most pop side of Blue Oyster Cult. It has some great hooks and works well.
A faster-paced number, this has some punk and alternative rock in the mix. It's another strong number and a different (yet related) flavor. This is meatier than the opener was, but no less accessible.
Trade the Market
With some hints of Americana in the mix, I love the fuzz-drenched musical texture to this thing. There are definitely hints of shoegaze in the noise-driven concept of this number.
4 on 1s
This energized power-pop tune really rocks well. It's not a big change, but it almost seems to merge the sounds from the three songs that preceded it.
Don’t You Know I Know
Another song with plenty of power-pop in the mix, this also incorporates some shoegaze and even some reggae. It's another strong piece on a disc full of strong music.
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