Thrown Under The Bus -Self-Titled Record Label: None
Release Date: Jan.uary 31st, 2010
Thrown Under The Bus (TUTB) are a 5-piece pop-punk outfit from Buffalo, New York. They play a typical - albeit enjoyable - brand of energetic rock that for the most part plays it safe, heavily reminiscent of New Found Glory. There are slight traces of hardcore, mostly in the form of occasional gang vocals or barely noticeable backing screams, but they're really pop-punk when it comes down to it. Don't expect any genre bending in the style of A Day To Remember or Set Your Goals. They released this self-titled record (either a long EP or short LP) in January.
How is it?
Technically, the band is decent enough. There are a few spots where they sound like they aren't really used to playing to a click because it just sounds a tad rhythmically awkward, but it never breaks the songs. TUTB all seem good enough at their instruments, but there aren't any Thomas Erak's or Les Claypool's in the lineup. Everything more or less sounds good but not great.
TUTB's biggest flaw is their lack of memorable songs. Most of the record would be considered filler on a more veteran band's release. This EP doesn't have a "Damnit" or a "Hit or Miss," which they'll need to start producing if they want to have any kind of staying power. There's also a serious shortage of variety. Every song cooks along at a moderately fast tempo with standard arrangements. They don't need to throw in any speed metal songs or folk-pop or anything, but some experimentation and attempts at different structures would have been nice.
All hope is not lost, though. "By the Beard of Zeus!", track three, is far and away the standout of the record and shows serious potential. It starts with a rant and slams into a breakdown, complete with diminished 5ths and double kick. A Swellers-esque verse follows, and then we reach the best chorus on the album, with a catchy vocal melody and great gang vocals, and jumping back and forth from double to half time. The song is brief, ending on the bridge, but it outshines all the other tracks. If TUTB can write more songs like this one, and layer in some other flavors on their next release, they'll be headed for success.