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Author's Rating
Vocals 9.25
Musicianship 8.75
Lyrics 9
Production 9.5
Creativity 8.25
Lasting Value 9
Reviewer Tilt 9.75
Final Verdict: 91%
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Vinyls, The - The Vinyls

Reviewed by: Christian Wagner (12/21/10)
The Vinyls - The Vinyls
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: November 16, 2010

They say first impressions are the ones that last. When I heard the name The Vinyls, I wasn't too keen on it because I figured it's a band that's trying to replicate an overdone hipster sound. Boy, was I wrong after I started listening. The Vinyls are a 5 piece pop-rock band from central NJ that recently released their debut self-titled EP. They feature members of popular current and former NJ bands Throwing Color, Racing Kites, Bears & Bright Lights, & The Call Out. The five track release is an energetic and hook-laden collection that sounds like a band that listened to Jimmy Eat World's "Bleed American" too much and wanted to make a sound that has a pop element but actually doesn't suck like many of today's pop "bands." In fact, this is what many bands wanted to go for, failed to do, and then played it safe on future releases.

The first thing to notice is the production on the EP. It's not your typical pop-rock record at all. It's got a very warm sound to it. It's not compressed beyond belief with digital manipulation like we're used to hearing with every flavor of the week band that bombards us. It's a very raw and gritty sound to it that sounds natural and has the right amount of reverb to give it a familiar quality without sounding like it was recorded in a basement. I think this is a key idea that gives it a distinctive quality that makes it memorable.

The opening track, "American Dream," begins with an upbeat tempo mixed with beautiful guitar tones that have a lo-fi sensibility and presence about them that brings back a nostalgic vibe of Jimmy Eat World's "Sweetness." Vocalist Drew Duddy belts out "Every mark we make/Is a sign of change/I'm not alone in this American dream" in part of a very powerful chorus that instantly gets stuck in your head and leaves the listener craving for more. It's an anthem of the down-trodden searching for hope in a time of despair.

I have an appreciation for bands that can write slow songs without being boring. Truth be told, some of my favorite songs are slow jams but more often than not bands tend to write some lullabies. In the song "Out Loud," the band crafts a magnificent song that defies the idea of the "slow song." It actually felt to me like there was sort of a Coldplay vibe in some parts. There's an anthemic feel to it and it contains elements of keys, violins, added guitar layers, and an aura that feels like it can be played in Madison Square Garden.

The Vinyls are one of those bands that will be under your radar for a bit, but when you do take the time to listen you'll feel like you've been let in on one of the best kept secrets in the pop-rock genres. Expect big things in 2011 from this band.

RIYLJimmy Eat World's Bleed American, The Killer's Hot Fuss, The Get Up Kids Something To Write Home About, pop-rock done right

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08:04 PM on 12/21/10
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I've never even heard of these guys. I'll check them out fer sure.
09:47 PM on 12/21/10
Here, It Never Snowed
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All you had to do was compare a song to JEW's "Sweetness" and you've piqued my interest.
09:51 PM on 12/21/10
Vocals/Guitar - Modern Chemistry
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here's another review and an interview w/ their guitarist zach :) http://bandbent.wordpress.com/2010/1...ew-the-vinyls/
04:42 AM on 12/22/10
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Sounds like something I'd like. Checking it out later.
01:38 PM on 12/22/10
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Nice! I will be checking this out.
01:56 AM on 12/23/10
Thomas Nassiff
resuscitation of the year
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Saw this band on Facebook and liked their page just because of their name. Now I'm going to listen to this on Purevolume and I have you to thank. Ily.
01:57 AM on 12/23/10
Thomas Nassiff
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Holy shit this is well produced. Spot fucking on right there. Absolutely the first thing I noticed haha.
02:14 AM on 12/23/10
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Holy shit this is well produced. Spot fucking on right there. Absolutely the first thing I noticed haha.
Yes. Wow.
08:05 PM on 12/23/10
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I want this. Can't find it anywhere.
08:44 AM on 12/27/10
www.athleticsmusic.bandca mp.com
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I want this. Can't find it anywhere.

Hey man!

Our EP is available on iTunes. Look for The Vinyls"extended play"

Thanks much for the interest!
08:46 AM on 12/27/10
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Hey man!

Our EP is available on iTunes. Look for The Vinyls"extended play"

Thanks much for the interest!
Thanks man. Loving it,and will probably post it on my site soon.
10:05 AM on 12/29/10
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12:35 PM on 01/24/11
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saw these guys live at maxwells. very good
10:46 AM on 02/06/11
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People need to stop saying "If you like The Dangerous Summer, you'll like The Vinyls." Christian's RIYL was for more accurate.
With that said, that was a very well written review. Great job, Christian!
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