Promising new emo...
The most exciting US guitar bands right now are emerging blinking out of the US underground –
Is The Reason, NEO‘s debut is both a compelling introduction to their world
of emo and a titillating peek of exciting things to come from them.
‘Thriller’ is a record happiest when dealing in emocore’s bread ‘n’ butter
of punk-pop and melancholy. It jolts out of its blocks with two 4-minute
slices of the former, steadfast jock friendly emo-pop (the album’s
excellently fizzy opener ‘Lukewarm’ and ’14 to 41′). But this is not to say
this is band head honcho Jonah Matranga’s only talent:.the dark-hearted ‘Leper Song’ and
‘Hostage’ are downright unapologetic in their earnestness.
It’s a record second only to Jimmy Eat World‘s latest in terms of being essential emo –
and on occasions like the short and spiky ‘Weary Progress’, NEO point to a promising future too.
Not all killer then – but definitely no filler either.