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info opinion

Before Braille

"Cattle Punching on a Jack Rabbit" CDEP

Sunset Alliance

Genres: math rock, indie rock

Sunset Alliance
PO Box 32048
Mesa, AZ 85275

Aug 7 - 13 2004

As far as energetic math-rock goes, this is about as good as it gets.  Before Braille is an Arizona-based four-piece with a penchant for complex arrangements and subtly infectious melodies.  Cattle Punching on a Jack Rabbit is a fine taste of the band's style, and at seven tracks, it packs a lot of content for an EP.

After a brief, tone-setting instrumental, the endlessly infectious "Proventil" hits with a bang.  It takes cues from the Braid and Fugazi schools of indie rock.  "Well as Well" is a bit more sensitive and could have paranoid self-awares getting riled up over its emo-like emotion.  Despite this, however, it is one of Cattle Punching's best songs.

Unfortunately, a few of these tracks don't live up to Before Braille's better moments.  "We're Not Paying For Anything Anymore" isn't catchy in the least, while "Fight or Flight" sounds way too familiar - like half the singles on any given modern rock station out there.

However, on Cattle the good outweighs the bad, and, as a result, this is a very satisfying EP.  I am looking forward to Before Braille's upcoming album.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 7 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]