AMBITIONS: Exile: 7″

Funny, the band looks like they should be playing something Weezer-esque, only a lot less radio-friendly. So: silly me for equating unheard tunes with photo of tune-makers. Instead of wry sarcasm and sharp and sometimes poppy tunes, I got four tunes that make me want to beat up the next thing that crosses my path and then wax poetic on why I had to do so. The vocals have this sort of angry-heroic feel to them, like you’d find on old straight edge records before low-end bellowing became all the rage—drawn out notes on the lead with the anger-spitters howling the backups. Ya, now that I hear this thing again, it sounds like a straight-edge band that’s flexing its musical chops. Ambitions are good. Me like, even though I’m not a fan of such vocals, since the tunes have a certain pneumatic effect on my bloodstream.

 –Eric Carlson (www.bridge9.com)