"Wake Up Call" CD
17215 Mack Ave.
Detroit, MI 48224
Oct 7 - 13 2002
this album's cover art may look rather silly, Red September's
music is actually quite an enjoyable style of excitable pop-punk. With
hooks and melodies galore, songs like "Graffiti" and
"WWW" successfully combine punk attitude with the
tried-and-tested pop formula. And while pop-punk may have some pretty
dangerous connotations nowadays (Blink 182, anyone?), Wake
Up Call is thankfully nothing like the mainstream travesties that
have become so commonplace on the popular scene.
There is plenty here to grab and sustain you're interest, and this
short attention-span compatibility is one of the best qualities of
these songs. While their style is certainly fun and light, Red
September lose out in the creativity department, as their brand of
music is not exactly the freshest of all. If this is something that
doesn't bother you, and you're just looking for a quick pop-punk fix,
then this should pose no problem. If, however, you are tired of the
same old vocal harmony chants and Buzzcocks-derived guitar
accompaniment, then this certainly won't be for you - perhaps the New
Town Animals will be more likely to suit your tastes.
With topics ranging from the internet to those age-old anti-punk
killjoys ("Don't eat that, don't drink that, don't smoke
that/Stop having fun"), it's clear where the band's priorities
are set, and if you are of the same persuasion, this will be for you.
You know, it's a niche thing.
[Vitals: 11 tracks; distributed by the