Over Stars And Gutters - Consider This Your Curse
- Artist: Over Stars And Gutters
- Album: Consider This Your Curse
- Label: indie
- Year of Release: 2009
- ME Rating:
- Reviewed by: dscanland on 2010-01-06
I don't know how this band isn't massive. Actually, I do. Over Stars & Gutters takes a Samiam template and goes with it. Samiam was one of those melodic punk bands that had something special and even had a shot on a major label. Clumsy was the album out on Atlantic and even though it ended up being a classic it hardly sold. Regardless, the band remains to be an influence in the punk world today, as is obvious when one listens to Over Stars & Gutters. These guys have the melodic punk with an edge down pat. Fantastic chugga chugga guitar break-downs with great sing along choruses.
This Oklahoma based band has strong similarity with Hot Water Music as well, another quality melodic punk band. Some of the songs like "Never Again" are just begging for fans to scream out lyrics at live shows.
Not only is their debut, Consider This Curse a good document of decent punk musicianship but it is well produced as well. It's got all the parts in the right places. Vocals are high enough in the mix that you can make out the angst ridden lyrics. The instruments have enough power and while not mind blowing, they fit the music just fine. You can tell that Over Stars & Gutters only care about the music and could care less about the rest.
I bumped up their score from a straight 3.5 to a 4 for the sheer fact that this is well assembled and that it brings hope that this genre may, just may get some decent exposure. Check out Over Stars & Gutters before everyone else does. Nothing new here, just some well done punk that deserves a listen.
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