CRYBABY: Drag Me Under: LP

Crybaby, a trio from Philadelphia, plays stark emo with clear, confident vocals, hair-trigger guitar, and a dynamic rhythm section. I didn’t think I would like this record (because there’s been a glut of self-indulgent emo revival bands lately), but Crybaby’s songwriting is heartfelt without being saccharine, dark without wallowing in gloom; there’s a delicate balance here. The hooks are never repetitious and there aren’t any eye-rolling one-liners that will be emblazoned on T-shirts or tattooed onto some dude’s calf. Ultimately, Drag Me Under is a mature emo record that does more with less. Get it while you can because Square Of Opposition only pressed three hundred copies. 

 –Sean Arenas (Square Of Opposition, squareofopposition.com)