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fat727 DEAD TO ME
Little Brother
fat727 (2008) CDEP - $6.00
San Francisco faves release an incredible 5-song ep that is just as rockin' and heartfelt as their debut full-length "Cuban Ballerina" back in 2006. Featuring ex-One Man Army folks, this band is one of the best melodic punk bands around! The 12" includes a mp3 download card, and both formats come with a cool poster!

Little Brother is a five song EP that accomplishes the seemingly impossible task of surpassing the lofty heights that their first full length attained. The album is saturated with unforgettable melodies, earnestly belted out by the dueling lead vocals of Jack and Chicken, and as a whole, displays the band's maturation and songwriting prowess.

"Fat Wreck has recently been on fire with their more rough-around-the-edges rock-leaning punk groups. American Steel released their first album in 5 years, Destroy Their Future, last October and The Loved Ones combined punk, rock, folk, and blues on the early year front runner, Build & Burn. If only The Gaslight Anthem weren't signed to SideOneDummy, or Dead to Me's new album had been a full length instead of an EP, they'd be batting three for three for the past year's output. Dead to Me, another great San Francisco punk band featuring members of One Many Army (they had 15 minutes of 15-year old girls listening to their music because of a split with Alkaline Trio), are now following up their debut LP, Cuban Ballerina, with a catchy and melodic EP, Little Brother, that ends too soon but is great while it lasts.
Dead to Me's sound on this EP is all over the map within the niche subgenre of the aforementioned rock-inspired punk bands. There's a bit of Against Me! and American Steel in the reggae-inspired "Little Brother," which feels like the best track Against Me! never wrote for Searching for a Former Clarity. Then there's "Ran That Scam," a track that alternates upbeat hi-hat patterns with classic punk chord progressions. The bass work and vocals at the end of the song feel downwind enough of Hot Water Music to catch a whiff of the influence but not an overwhelming one. The opener, "Don't Wanna," tempers a slightly bratty pop punk chorus with sandpaper vocals and bitter production, making the overt catchiness exhilarating instead of cloying. "Arrythmic Palpitations," the softest song on the album, is anything but fluffy, as the track ends on an uplifting final chorus. Dead to Me has a nice range of influences, none of which are too obvious, and their style, though an amalgam, feels like its own singular creation. They're the product of learned punk roots but have their own characteristic sound."
- Sputnik Music



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