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Chasing Morgan - The Breakfast Special EP Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 6.5
Musicianship 6
Lyrics 5
Production 7
Creativity 5.5
Lasting Value 5
Reviewer Tilt 7
Final Verdict: 60%
Member Ratings
Vocals 7
Musicianship 8.25
Lyrics 5
Production 9
Creativity 7
Lasting Value 7
Reviewer Tilt 8
Average: 73%

Chasing Morgan - The Breakfast Special EP

Reviewed by: Thomas Nassiff (03/10/11)
Chasing Morgan - The Breakfast Special EP
Release Date: February 4, 2011
Record Label: Unsigned

The first time I played through Chasing Morgan's debut EP, The Breakfast Special, it was more than obvious that I had heard it before. I mean, I hadn't heard this band before, but we've all heard what they're doing. The Maryland high-schoolers (all aged 17-18) put together a 5-song, 15-minute pop-punk EP in the vein of early New Found Glory and blink-182.

It's the epitome of high school pop-punk. You can tell just by the song titles ("High School," "Friday Night," "Pick Up the Phone") what you're getting into when you spin the EP. But if we've all heard it before, then what's the reason to pay attention to Chasing Morgan? Well, to begin with, this EP is strangely well-produced for such a young band. That was the first thing that caught me off guard. Next, the vocals on the EP, performed by Mark Weider, exceed expectations immensely.

On both "Friday Night" and "Pick Up the Phone," Weider contributes steady vocals into a simple formula; the style is one that I would compare to early blink-182, but it isn't as raw or punk-ish. Chasing Morgan set their sights on arguably the most basic style of an already fairly basic genre, but that's okay because they pull it off, more or less. The guitar parts are a strength and show where this band can draw comparisons to New Found Glory.

"The Panda Song" is probably the catchiest track on the EP, but it's also the silliest. Some people will be turned off by the song's generic stupidity (yes, it is about a panda), but I personally don't really care. It's close to my teetering point, but as far as fun pop punk, something like this is tough to beat. As a matter of fact, it would probably appeal to the fancy of more than one or two members of this website.

If some 23-year-olds put out The Breakfast Special, I would probably ignore it or not think as highly of it. But the fact remains that this EP is an impressive release for a group of high school kids. If they can manage to stick it out for any length of time, no easy feat in this day and age, then I'd claim that Chasing Morgan has a decent amount of potential to one day blossom into meaningful members of the genre.

Recommended If You LikeEarly New Found Glory/blink-182, Man Overboard.
Bare Essentials1. High School
2. Friday Night
3. Pick Up the Phone
4. The Panda Song
5. The Journey
Run Time: 15 minutes
Star Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars
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02:35 AM on 03/10/11
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Production does sound pretty good. Vocals are noticeably auto tuned on the songs I listened to, but his voice definitely works. The lyrics, however, were real groaners. Kind of what you expect from high school MXPX/Blink type bands I guess. But yeah, good review.
11:32 AM on 03/10/11
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Production does sound pretty good. Vocals are noticeably auto tuned on the songs I listened to, but his voice definitely works. The lyrics, however, were real groaners. Kind of what you expect from high school MXPX/Blink type bands I guess. But yeah, good review.
The vocals are definitely edited but they're of a much higher quality than you'd expect from a band like this, I think.
12:37 PM on 03/10/11
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The vocals are definitely edited but they're of a much higher quality than you'd expect from a band like this, I think.
Yeah, unless you know what to listen for, you probably won't notice it. They didn't produce it themselves did they?
01:18 PM on 03/14/11
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Yeah, unless you know what to listen for, you probably won't notice it. They didn't produce it themselves did they?
Hey i play in the band and no we did not produce this ourselves, it was produced by Kevin Johnston @ orca sound studios
12:06 AM on 03/18/11
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Bel Air, MD!!!!
05:15 PM on 03/18/11
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Hell yeah!
09:29 AM on 03/19/11
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Friday Night is so damn catchy.
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