The Guff Is A Disaster EP (Go Kart Records)
By: Vinnie Apicella
Is it just me or there a serious drop off in sound quality between tracks one and two? Sorta lends an ol' school charm to track two, "Turbulence," which like the first, is loaded on caffeine laced power picking and nervous melodies. If there were such a thing as "Speed-Pop" these guys might stake the claim, but such as things are, they're definitely a Punk band bent on blinding speed and carefully laid melodies, the mile wide chorus and graduate school lyric. "Faith" let's up the throttle a might and takes a turn for the commercial recesses of the Power-Pop ethos making for a great sing-along particularly for those of a self-deprecating variety. There's an emotional, lamentive quality to the songs that patches 'em right there with bands like Ozma, The Arrivals, or Taking Back Sunday along with a speed and substance collision in a conscientious bout with self-deprecation and piercing eye philosophy. "Scars Are Tough Too" brings up the rear -- hard choice -- but hard to discount those plosive riffs and drum fills, it's just the tune free rides either of the first two and exits quickly; "M-98" is similar to "Faith" and single quality material that's more reliant on the melody and groove. First heard these guys on Go Kart's previous "Vs. The Corporate Giant Vol. 3" comp and were a definite standout. Lotsa guitar playing, plenty o' harmonizing, endless philosophizing, and an apparent danger to themselves, that sells the drama with a wink, smile and sting for both ears. If you dig emotive Punk stuff with a Pop twist and split sly and serious persona, Guff's supercharged five-song EP will feed your need. Check 'em out on http://www.guffmusic.com for more info and look for their new full length sometime this spring or at least after they've secured enough adult supervision.
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