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Dot 22 – Bottle Rocket Romance

To many in the Marietta/Alpharetta/Cumming music scene, Dot 22 has been a familiar name for the last three years. Even well before their release of “Bottle Rocket Romance” in February, the band’s name has was associated with clean, fun sets put on by three enthusiastic young musicians. This seven-song record packs a wallop, and sure as shit doesn’t disappoint.

Listen here:

The vocalist, Alex Crain, has a voice that reminds me of an alternate-universe Brendon Urie (of Panic at the Disco fame) who’s an obsessively dedicated Yellowcard fan. It’s fucking great. Bassist Vivian Zingleman proves that playing bass doesn’t have to be boring for the performer or the listener. Lest we forget him, an honorable mention to Aaron Sanders on drums for keeping everything moving along smoothly.

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“Bottle Rocket Romance” is a fabulous little EP. I strongly recommend it to anybody looking for something peppy that doesn’t leave you wanting to drive your car off a bridge. The lyrics aren’t anything remarkable, but certainly on par or slightly better than most local groups; their greatest strength lies in the powerfully upbeat music they deliver so well.IMG_1574 (1)

The EP is short, sweet, and pretty solid for a sophomore release. First few tracks are super poppy and feel-good, great for driving home from work on a Friday afternoon.  When I first heard the fourth track, a youthful love song called “Sentimental”, the pretentious part of me wanted to hate it. Fast-forward to the next morning when I woke up humming it and decided pretentiousness is overrated, I absolutely love it. After “Sentimental” fades off, the tempo picks up for “Poison”, another super-upbeat song that makes a girl feel like wearing a little black dress and breaking a couple teenage hearts.IMG_1573 (1)

The last two tracks, “This Is Love” and “Heavy” pretty well live up to their names. Still maintaining faster tempos, the guitar work lends a slower feel to parts of both tracks, providing a pleasant contrast from the frantic pace of the earlier portions of the record. These songs speak to the melancholy young souls suffering the traumatic side-effects of unrequited love.IMG_0165 (1)

Overall, Dot 22 put out a great, well-rounded collection of songs that is available for purchase online, for not a lot of money. It’s a great experience, and easily worth the money. It’s almost as great as watching them perform live (which, apparently, you won’t be able to do for a while).


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Time Square Time Bomb – Nostalgia won’t keep me younger – Review

Times Square Timebomb – Nostalgia Won’t Keep Me Younger

It had been months -or was it years? It felt like an eternity had passed since local music listeners first heard a few of the songs being played live from Times Square Timebomb’s latest release, “Nostalgia Won’t Keep Me Younger”. The group had released demos and a single here and there while improving their live performance and building a small following. Fans were anticipating quality recordings to be released and it was well worth the wait.TSTB3

The band sets the mood with the energetic and sing-along worthy “John Deadcorn (I Don’t Need Anyone)”. The song, which is upbeat with simple chord progressions and bass guitar heavy verses, raises the flag of “old-school” pop punk stemming from early New Found Glory, blink-182, and Saves The Day. The alternating vocal lines between bassist, Bryan Brandonisio, and guitarist, Tyler Davis, create a dynamic that has become a rarity in punk music. After listening to this track, you’ll be singing the anthemic chorus, “I don’t need anyone. I don’t need anyone. I don’t think you’re in the right place. Where did you come from?” to yourself or your unfortunate friends repeatedly for hours on end.


If I had to pick a favorite song on this EP, “Tension” would probably be it. The writing is more mature and, let’s face it, I’m a sucker for fast paced drumming. This track is the first time we really get to see the extent of the band’s vocal chops. When Tyler belts those notes out, it hits you right in your teen angst feels. The song also offers a few moments that stray from the fast and loud, and those are the moments that make this song truly great.


“Doomsday” takes a turn back towards a less serious atmosphere, telling a short story about being dumped during the the apocalypse. It serves as a kind of comic relief, ironically, after “Tension”. It’s 2½ minutes of fast drums and well placed vocal harmonies topped off with humorous “doo wap” background parts. Skilled drumming by David Mulazzi and Bryan’s creative bass parts begin the song, “Timebomb”. Their live performance is likely benefited by the group shouts throughout the track. The lyrical content delves a little into the all too prevalent notion of wanting to leave town to tour, but they deliver it in a relatable way.


“Self Sabotage” is filled with guitar parts that sound like all of my favorite pop punk songs. Four chord riffs and uncomplicated lead guitar hooks abound. Don’t get me wrong, I like innovation and impressive musicianship but this song brings me back to my 8th grade music listening glory days. The album ends with “Night”, a nearly 5 minute pop punk ballad, which features a more introspective approach which makes for their best lyrical work of the 6 songs. The group anthem makes for a nearly perfect ending to the EP repeating, “We all said we ain’t ever comin’ back. We all know it’s a heart attack”.

Overall, this EP is a raw and passionate interpretation of the pop punk sound we’ve all come to know and love. While the band does little to change up the musical tropes of the genre, they play on those tropes excellently and show signs of potential growth in the future. This album would most likely be enjoyed by many a punk loving music fan in the local scene and it would do the band well to capitalize on that fact. “Nostalgia Won’t Keep Me Younger” is available for download on their Bandcamp page.

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The Shepherde’s has released one of the best singles of the summer.

Cameron Austin A.K.A.The Shepherde’s, has released a new single. It’s great. Listen to it. 


Analog Revolution Magazine got a sneak preview of Born to be Mild–The upcoming EP from The Shepherde’s–to review for our next issue.

There will, of course, be an in depth review in issue 5. In the mean time, I wanted to give some initial impressions (and link to what is, IMO, the best single of the summer.)

Born To Be Mild is the product of noted immortal, amoral giant Cameron Greggory Austin’s project The Shepherde’s . The Shepherde’s grew out of Mr. Austin’s previous project My Father’s Rifle , and while there are plenty of stylistic similarities, The Shepherde’s marks a new and better direction in his music.

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The Shepherde’s music has to be experienced to be fully appreciated, but I’ll attempt to describe it (in order to entice you to listen.) Imagine for a moment what would happen if Jeff Mangum and the rest of the Neutral Milk Hotel crew got together with a loud and grimey punk vocalist. If that doesn’t sound like something you want to hear, you might want to check your pulse.

Thorn In Your Side – The New Single from The Shepherde’s



I’m hooked. I can’t stop listening.

The album comes out on August 14th.

There will be a full review posted sometime before then, but in the mean time you can Listen Here!

You can also find The Sheapherde’s on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and other places, I’m sure.

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