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This record took me back to my childhood days when I would borrow punk and rock CDs and music video VHS tapes from our Youth Pastor. There is a heavy grunge sound present; at times, it’s reminiscent of classic Audio Adrenaline and Switchfoot tracks, even more so their secular contemporaries. The standout track on this release is “Y,” soon ripping into the first verse with a powerful guitar and vocal line. Closing the album we have a haunting duo; “Follow Me Anyway,” a slower almost-ballad of a song featuring female backing vocals, followed by the albums closer, “Zombieland,” a faster homage to hardcore punks (think about the essence of Hermosa Beach bands like Black Flag maintaining the grunge sound). Be aware, though. Some songs are lyrically edgy like, “Watch What You Wish For.” It may be a throwback sound, but they’ll need another album to mature before they’re considered a credible force.

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