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Eightpagepullout - Stand Up EP

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Eightpagepullout - Stand Up EP
Record Label: Lockjaw Records
Release Date: March 17, 2008
The punk quartet Eightpagepullout may come from the cozy seaside village of Oban, Scotland, but their latest EP Stand Up won’t make you think of quaint countrified images with calm lukewarm ocean waves coming onto the shore and light breezes rolling through grassy meadows. More likely, the music will make you run through those meadows and plunge into the ocean waves and become a part of the world surrounding you. The band’s songs have pop punk stimulants relatable to All Time Low and urgent rhythmic thrusts comparable to Mayday Parade. Stand Up is not an EP you can sit down and listen to while you are eating dinner. No, this is an EP that will make you get up and motivate you to be a part of life. The music won’t let you watch life pass you by; it will stimulate you to be an active participant in its always changing spheres.

From the opening track “Stand Up,” Eightpagepullout let you know they are a band that won’t stand still and let external forces make choices for them. “Stand Up” is like a call to arms to their generation, letting them know that they can do something about their situation. The lyrics are as motivating as the music, “Take back what you said / This is a dangerous game / Get in, I’ll close the door / Foot down, ready to go / Stand up and be the one today / Or get down on your knees and pray / Stand up! Stand Up!” Lead singer/guitarist Rikki Durrent has vocals that can reach every square inch of a venue, while lead guitarist/backup vocalist David Anderson engineers the catchy guitar riffs along “Happy Ending’ and the giant thrusting waves in the chord changes of “The Good Times” and “Miss Adventure.” The rhythm section of bassist/backup vocalist David Adams and drummer Gavin Hunter create a firm pounding through the tracks that keep them moving steadily. Eightpagepullout indulge in synth powered segments through tracks like “Happy Ending” and “For King and Country” with sound effects that sound like gunfire on the latter track.

The bobbing rhythms and pop punk raptures escalate into glorious flourishes and retract just a little to make way for the vocals. The music was made to be played live with songs from their Stand Up EP that reverberate with energy that is triggered to impact audiences. Although, I cannot say that Eightpagepullout are better than any pop punk band out there, I can say that their music will make your blood pump agilely and get your feet off the ground and moving.

Recommended if You LikeAll Time Low, Mayday Parade, Tokyo Rose, Valencia

This review is a user submitted review from Susan Frances. You can see all of Susan Frances's submitted reviews here.
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“…This is textbook pop-punk and with those lightly buzzing guitars and vocal harmonies spunked all over the shop…”

“… they could easily be a Brand New for the north of the border. Nice work.”

"...blessed with enough energy and enthusiasm to hold your attention throughout, with the tightness of both the vocal delivery and musicianship keeping things nice and professional...Eightpagepullout deserve your listening attention."

"One plus in the Scot's arsenal is their craft for melody. They've managed to make a niche for themselves in a modern scene renowned for metal.....Eightpagepullout do it on their own terms."

“Catchy-as-fuck pop-punk with Beatles-like harmonies & the raw, passionate lure of early Jimmy Eat World… enough conviction and hooks to ensure that they wont be forgotten about in a hurry!”

“Wonderfully uplifting melodic harmonized punk-pop that stands up and stands out from the crowd…”
Organ Magazine

“If I had to choose a song off of this EP to order you to go and listen to, it would be "The Good Times," there's just something about it that I really like…They can sing in tune, produce vocal harmonies to suit that genre, and can play their instruments well too. They know how to throw a song together, it's all gravy.”

“What an amazing shock it was to listen to this release from Eightpagepullout…I could almost imagine these lads up on a high stage, giving a memorable performance and unforgettable instrumentals. This is just the start of something BIG… “

www.shouted.fm – Record of the Week

“… hoping to do what the View did for Indie.”

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