Dead Girls Ruin Everything - What A Perfect Ending
Record Label: Reignition Recordings
Release Date: February 21, 2006
What A Perfect Ending is the debut album from Lawrence, Kansas-based Dead Girls Ruin Everything (who exist by way of Ultimate Fakebook). Despite their seemingly angst-derived name, this band plays bubble-gum filled powerpop, the likes of which modern music has not seen in years, if at all. Taking a page from R.E.M. and Elvis Costello in some ways, Dead Girls Ruin Everything have delicately constructed an album that will alternate between aurally punishing your ears and soothing them with a light touch. Alternating vocalists Cameron Hawk and JoJo Longbottom give What A Perfect Ending a stellar dynamic that always keeps the music fresh.
“And a day will come when you will not wake up/So go and have your fun/Abuse it all you want” implores one of Dead Girls’ two vocalists on “Never Too Late.” Punishing and delightful yet silky smooth with just the slight hint of roughness, Dead Girls Ruin Everything power their way through the next song, the title track. Quickly following, “Take the 1st Shot” is another solid track, although the aggressive fuzz of the guitars gets just a bit annoying by now (track eight). Longbottom and Hawk break into an effortlessly magical guitar outro to the song that is almost worth the 9 bucks to buy the CD. To take a break from the awesome guitar riffs we have been hearing, Eric Melin gets a chance to shine on “Short Fuse.” Oh, and for an added treat, we have both vocalists trading lines like something off a Taking Back Sunday b-side.
The first half of this album is loud, obnoxious, and great fun (look no further than “Hot Blonde”). This half is guitar-heavy, and allows the members of Dead Girls Ruin Everything to flex their musical muscles. The second half is aimed a bit more at the ballad side of things, although that formula is not set in stone. With “I Don’t Wanna Wake Up,” the band goes decidedly emo, walking the tightrope somewhere between The Get Up Kids, The Starting Line, and Jimmy Eat World with a completely killer guitar section. If there is one song on the second half of What A Perfect Ending that you will not want to miss, it’s “I Don’t Wanna Wake Up.” As a musical pick-me-up, “Dropped Catch” is pulverizing and ambitious for the band. Featuring a wall of noise at times that threatens to destroy your eardrums, this song is not for the faint of heart. Hard-rocking but retaining some pop sensibility, this one closes What A Perfect Ending with Dead Girls Ruin Everything in top form.
Simply put, you will find this album enjoyable if you like your music rugged yet catchy. The production is spotty at times, but some of that can probably be attributed to the sound the band was going for. At times though, it grates a bit on the ears. They bring the rock on this album, however, and that is the most important part. What A Perfect Ending will be overlooked, but do yourself a favor and pick up one of the catchiest albums so far in 2006.
Despite their seemingly angst-derived name, this band plays bubble-gum filled powerpop, the likes of which modern music has not seen in years, if at all. Taking a page from R.E.M. and Elvis Costello in some ways.
I'm a bit confused by that statement.
I haven't heard of this band but I am going to check them out, I'll probably really like them, or hate them.