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Freewheelin (Asian Man Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Featuring the former guitar, bass, and drummer from Slapstick, these three decided to stop playing ska-punk and focus their creativity on some emo rock. Slow, melodic, and thoughtful instead of loud and fast, they work at your emotions rather than working you into a physical frenzy. On their full-length debut (they released an EP in September on Asian Man Records) they serve up the music with lots of hooks and melody, and with lyrics that will make you feel emotions.

"Goodbyes Have Been Said" starts off the CD. The cymbals tap lightly, starting off the song. Then the guitar chimes in, with the bass and drums quickly following. Together the whole band starts to rip into an energetic number, before sliding into a softer, lighter melody. When the chorus hits so does a harder approach to the music. The guitar turns up the volume, while the drums beat down rapidly. The bass rapidly pounds through the veins of the music, and the vocals get louder, to an almost screaming point. The rest of the song keeps a more upbeat melody going at a moderate pace. "My Mess" starts off with a very catchy melody right from the beginning. As the guitar climbs through the music, the drums and bass back it up. The vocals are softly sang, in an almost moan like fashion. Light and full of melody, the song has enough energy to get you moving, and is soft enough for you to absorb a lot of the words and their emotions. Rather than rocking out to a fast rock song, or an abrasive punk tune, they keep it slow and emotional, so while you listen many emotions swim around your head and you can't help but think about what is being said. Nothing is lost over a heavy guitar, and everything that is sang is easily translated into your brain. "Please Come Home" picks up the pace a bit, maintains the same integrity, and multiples the catchiness by 100 percent. Probably my favorite track on the CD, this is the song that I kept listening to over and over again, and began singing along with after a few listens. Loaded with hooks, hooks, and even more hooks this song will captivate even the most wary of listeners. The song is bouncy enough to jump around with, and has enough power to it to move your body. Sing along with it as you're jumping and bouncing around with it. "Disappear" starts off slow and thoughtful, with the vocals adding a little kick to the song. The drums are meaty, while still maintaining a light feeling to them. But then the song picks up a bit, with the drums beating down with a fierce blow, before quickly changing back to the softly melodic pace that maintains throughout the song. The backing vocals add a nice touch to the song, giving it a different feeling, a slightly soul-rock feeling. Ending the song with a rock kick, the guitar takes center stage with some nice work. "Let the Stars Play" closes out the CD, with just an acoustic guitar and a voice. Soft and comforting, this was a perfect ending to a nice CD.

Tuesday plays emo rock that is both powerful, thoughtful, and melodic. They can get you bouncing around when they want, or they can get sitting down thinking about your emotions. If one want something that is both melodic and original, this would be a nice choice. I'll give this CD an A-.

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