Hands On The Stereo – Teamwork Makes The Dream Work EP
Record Label: None
Release Date: July 5, 2011
Not unlike beloved acts such as Set Your Goals and Four Year Strong, Hands On The Stereo make pop-punk music blended with hardcore influences. For only their second EP, Teamwork Makes The Dream Work is a solid continuing start for the group. The dual vocals are pleasing, the drums are loud and thunderous, and the guitar work is top notch, making the EP quite an enjoyable 17 minutes of music. Not to mention, the enlistment of Mike Oettinger, the producer behind Transit's Keep This to Yourself and Man Overboard's Real Talk, as the mastermind behind the record adds to the credibility and more importantly quality of the sound here.
The opening “Ladder Match” encompasses everything a listener wants in the genre – it’s got the chants, loud guitars, and solid hooks. The single “Into It, Over It” shows off the skill of the guitar players as the chemistry between vocalists Christopher Cunha and Matthew Trawinksi is really focused on throughout the track. Remarkably different vocally than the other tracks, “Slumberjack” has an almost Bayside feel, while “You’ve Never Been to South of the Border?” is a guitar-driven rocker from beginning to end.
The final “’Til Death Do Us Part” will please fans of Man Overboard’s acoustic work, as this acoustic end of the record adds even more diversity to Hands On The Stereo’s sound. As it fades out, one thing is certain from this EP, Hands On The Stereo aren’t planning to let any genre boundaries define their sound – or rather limit their abilities. Experimenting with various vocal styles and musical techniques throughout these five tracks, Hands On The Stereo prove they have a lot of potential to really become something in the future.