Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Readymade Breakup- Readymade Breakup REVIEW

They arrive in the first track of their new record as if they have always been here- and it’s simply our fault if we hadn’t noticed. A lively, infectious four-piece power pop band out of Hoboken, New Jersey with two previous full-length albums to their name (2007’s Isn’t That What It’s For? and 2008’s Alive on the Vine), Readymade Breakup dive headfirst into grandiose alternative rock- good enough to blend in seamlessly with sweeping mid-90’s genre classics such as Weezer, Foo Fighters, and Guster. While Readymade Breakup may stubbornly refuse to break new, innovative ground in the traditional sense- the band is also seemingly beyond the radical methods that often lead to unlistenable pretension. Both remarkably loyal and aware to their influences, Readymade Breakup also haven't lost sight of the fact that, along with current acts such as Gold-Bears, they boast the potential to shift AlterNostalgia into areas of musical reinvention.

Released under their label, Readymade Records, Readymade Breakup echoes a mature, seasoned sound. The recording is crisp and vibrant, with each song confidently and efficiently written. The listener increasingly gets the vibe that Readymade Breakup are not interested in ingratiating themselves to whoever is wearing the earbuds. This is a band that sounds as if they have already paid their dues- yet somehow still maintain a youthful and buoyant edge. By the end of the third track, it is clear that Readymade Breakup are not only hopeless romantics- but they offer a sharp wit to their lyrics as well. The chorus on “Just” – “Honey, it’s me I can’t trust/Ask me again if you must/Trust me when I say/You won’t be getting much”. Hmmm… On paper, I can see that doesn’t exactly come across as hilarious. But part of the band’s endearing charm is how this dry cynicism bleeds through via an eclectic combination of Paul Rosevear’s energetic lead vocals and Spicy O’Neil’s thunderous percussion (which recalls Muse on the album’s first single, “Bravest Smile”)- not to mention the stellar guitar and bass courtesy of Jim Fitzgerald and Gay Elvis. Weezer and Green Day did this type of thing two decades ago- and Readymade Breakup embraces those organic roots. However, if Readymade Breakup has an obvious flaw, it’s that maybe it sounds a little too comfortable. The second half of the album isn’t quite as dynamic as the first; and towards the end, it feels like the band is coasting. But after almost twenty years of bad imitators and diminishing returns, it is a welcoming sight to find a band so highly capable of turning back the clock without any trace of gimmickry.


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