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info opinion

Dead By July

"Before Dishonor..." CDEP


Genres: punk, punk rock

PO Box 10238
Beverly Hills, CA
90213 USA

Nov 10 - 16 2003

Punk 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.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]