Airdate - Getting off the Ground
Record Label: None
Release Date: August 2007
It’s about this time every year that my CD player begins delivering me more upbeat messages of melody. Indie favorites are often replaced with pop-punk classics reeking of sentiment and nostalgia, if only for a moment. The fact remains that I rarely find a new addition worthy of taking part in this inevitable musical shuffle. Airdate may very well be that undiscovered band that quenches my fleeting thirst for cliché portions of catchy pop-rock.
On their most recent EP, rather bluntly titled demo 6 Songs, the band is most certainly not reinventing the wheel (or musical theory, for that matter), but as a sucker for power chords and jumpy-tempos, I’m okay with that. "Walking Alone" definitely stands out as the band’s catchiest song, but all are equally accessible and capable of being summertime radio hits. Give it time, and we’ll be seeing Tyson Ritter introducing them, through slurred speech, at an MTV awards show.
Vocalist Doug Del Gaudio has an uncanny ability to write memorable, sing-along melodies. This, coupled with absolute consistency, helps to deliver an image of optimistic boyish innocence. Songs about girls haven’t sounded this good since The Starting Line's Say It Like You Mean It. While "Better Days" and "Anything" seem to fall a little short, they give me great hope that a huge ballad isn’t far off for this Long Island quartet. The choruses and structures are there, but these two in particular are lacking some sort of substance, that a bigger budget/producer will definitely be able to provide them.
While there isn’t much to reiterate about this EP, it will proudly be holding its place as the lone CD-R demo in my car’s collection for the summer. Airdate may not have found a more impressive place in mass media yet, but I sense them breaking through the barrier very shortly. Another 6 Songs, and Airdate just might be pop-rock’s next big thing.
I'm very happy and surprised that someone came out with a review of Airdate! I really like this band, nothing exceptionnal, just a very good and enjoyable listening experience! One of the best pop/rock band with a good potential!
My favorite songs by them are Everytime and For You.
Anyways excellent review SomethingLikeTJ! Thank you for the read!
good review, but i don't think they have enough poppiness/catchiness to be put on a pedestal with Say it like you mean it.
i'm not sure what you've been listening to if you haven't heard better since then, but I guess, each person their own.
i liked your writing style as well.