The One Thought Moment - Deaf in the Dead Zone
Record Label: World Records
Release Date: March 17, 2009
The One Thought Moment is a project by Dan Lukacinsky (ex-Suicide Machines) that plays Japan-based hardcore punk catchier than All Time Low. Their latest, Deaf in the Dead Zone, is one mean shout/singalong that draws many comparisons to a carefree summer party album. The adeptly crafted rhythmic pulse of opener "White Ashes" screams "What you wanted what you found in the end / could never live up to your expectations!" It is the definition of infectious hardcore, while "Deaf In The Dead Zone" drops the screaming to favor the familiar gritty punk rock rasp before hitting a heartfelt "Whoah-oh" chorus. "On And On" continues the orgcore motif, sporting a similar chorus as "Deaf In The Dead Zone" while "Dead Black" drifts back into hardcore territory. "Waiting For The Heart Attack" opens with a New Found Glory/label-mates Better Luck Next Time imitation before re-introducing the punk rock rasp. "Still Life Fractal" is a rebellious anthem ("I won't go down in this town, I won't go down!") and "Long Wave" is a heavy screamer. Closer "Jet Stream Tracers" carries noticeable traces from the previous heavy-hitter, albeit with "Hey hey!"s and punk rock time signature changes.
Deaf in the Dead Zone doesn't attempt to be more than a boisterous, convival warm weather punk rock-fest, and in restraining itself, promptly works. You won't find any unneceesary experimentation or pretentious make-up tacked on as a last minute selling point here; it's all straight up hardcore punk, all the way. You'll be hard pressed to call it original, but you'll be lost trying to label it overdone because every track brings with it either an unforgettable chorus or loud energy that'll prod the oldest of punk rock veterans to sing along. It's simply good, and that's that.