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New End Original : Thriller
Promising new emo...
bands like Rival Schools, Jimmy Eat World and now New End Original.
Formed from the ashes of US underground acts Far, One Line Drawing and Texas
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.
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