"Before Dishonor..." CDEP
Genres: punk, punk rock
PO Box 10238
Beverly Hills, CA
Nov 10 - 16 2003
music requires two things: energy and passion. Other stuff, like
skill or melody or songwriting or working instruments or an audience
are only optional.
Granted, that's oversimplification. If that were true, Dead
By July would get a 100%, and if you look below this review you'll
see that isn't so. Because as energetic and passionate as Dead
By July's self-titled EP may be, it still isn't great.
Nothing new is being done. None of the songs are particularly
infectious or memorable. There's no variety.
And that's why this is just an average punk EP. A good, a fun,
a thoroughly enjoyable - but undeniably average - punk EP.
[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]