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A Midday Atlantic - The Difference

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A Midday Atlantic - The Difference
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Release Date: May 5, 2008
San Diego's A Midday Atlantic seek to garner a wider audience with their latest release The Difference. A Midday Atlantic have the credentials in accordance with emo bands using gusty vibrations and rustling dynamics relatable to Straylight Run, squalls of feedback emblematic of Envy on the Coast, and brackets of bulging rhythms and sing-along choruses with a melodic timing liken to The Academy Is. A Midday Atlantic's EP is the next bastion of emo-pegged rock setting their sights on conquering territories far beyond Southern California.

Their songs have a slick pop punk sheen to them. Meaning, the stacked guitar vibrations resound like a choir of icicles and the channels are poached with the glistening shine of synth-pop glazes like in "Who You Are Now." The band shows good teamwork between lead vocalist Miguel Ramirez and the candlelight glares coming from the guitars played by Jason Krebs and Ryan Lunde. The pounding rhythms of bassist Cameron Austgen and drummer Kevin Weiss form trusses linked to the rattling guitars, carving out deep summits and valleys along the melodic folds like in "Lost Time and a Blindly Given Birthright." The chord rotations and blazing squalls are arousing and the histrionic vocals of Ramirez are reminiscent of The Academy Is' lead singer William Beckett.

Tunes like "The City" and "Nothing Burns" are aurally exciting with rapidly drizzling guitar chords making cavernous echoes and tossing around Ramirez's vocals. "The Resting Potential" is engineered with ripping guitar blades crossing, tightening and colliding into each other generating robust movements that tourniquet the vocals. Typical of emo bands, the lyrics clutch onto dreams even as reality wipes them away: "I remember the nights when we all seemed so normal / It lasted only so long / They both were alone / They said let's keep the status quo / They gave up on the life they dreamed of / They gave up on tomorrow / We all have a choice / And there's still always tomorrow," excerpted from "The Resting Potential."

Where would the world be without the optimism of emo bands like A Midday Atlantic keeping our chins held high and our eyes facing upward? The Difference keeps emo a viable genre that a modern generation can latch onto and derive their identification from, and capable of touching a global audience. Some pieces have a connection to the signature moves of other emo bands, but A Midday Atlantic do make a difference in emo-rock fields and have enough content to expand into modern rock stratums.

Recommended if You LikeStraylight Run, The Academy Is, Envy on the Coast

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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06:52 PM on 06/12/08
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thier music makes me want to eat waffles for dinner and hambrugers for breakfast

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