CASTAVET: The Echo & the Light: LP

No one is exactly sure what caused the mass emo extinction between 2004 and 2005. Devastation of their habitat and/or competition for precious resources? Were the pop punk bands better able to exist in a world without HeartattaCk and Punk Planet? Or were the emo bands absorbed into the pop punk DNA through interbreeding between the two? Whatever the reason, Castavet is an evolutionary relic. Its vestigial tail defiantly wags intricately woven emo in pop punk’s face. The delicate guitar work draws from a deep math-inspired well, but, unfortunately, when the vocals kick in its all Small Brown Bike from there, giving this an already dated feel, making this a living fossil.

 –Jeff Proctor (tinyengines.net)