"The Long Walk..."
Genres: emo, indie rock, angst
July 22 - 28 2002
self described "indie / emo / punk / geek / alt. / rock
band" from Ohio, Neuro-Typical sound a little bit too much
like The Get Up Kids. While they fit their self-description
perfectly (a mean feat considering the fact it applies to six genres),
their style sounds a bit too familiar in today's crowded emo scene.
Angsty songs like "Riding To The Dawn" play at a whole
wad of emo clichés - the chiming, melodic guitar chords, the
ever-so-whiny vocals, and even the excruciatingly sappy,
stream-of-consciousness lyrics ("Tryin' not to lose myself/My
sense of guilt/Little brittle mind/Wonderin' how we got so
foggy-eyed"). Of course, there are some good melodies here and
there, but there doesn't seem to be enough here to hold up for
multiple listens. This is especially a problem considering the
recording's technical deficiencies (every time the singer attempts a
passionate yell, its volume is forced downwards by some bizarre
equalizer glitch.) However, the band obviously has talent - as is
evident on the EP's best track, "Nebula". For that one
track, they stray from their emo teachings and introduce a neat,
spacey feel to their music. Although the technical problems prevent it
from going where its trying to go, the song works surprisingly well,
and shows what the band can do at their best.
As far as the emo genre goes, I'm pretty tolerable to most stuff,
and while "Nebula" shows what the band is capable when their
off the emo drug, the rest of this EP strikes me as being a bit too
sappy. The Get Up Kids are enough for me, thanks.
length n/a; six songs; distributed by CD
Street; released 2002]