DOPAMINES, THE: Self-titled: CD

I threw this on while sitting on the back porch with my roommate. About thirty seconds into each song, one of us would say, “Wait…this is ripping off (fill in some name or another).” It’s one thing for that to happen once or twice, but it was every song on the entire album, and not just a riff here or a line there, but we were fully singing other songs on top of theirs—cadence, melody, everything fit. I’m not sure if it was a strange homage (especially to Toys That Kill on the second track, “Molly”—there’s no way it could just happen to be that close) or just blatant stealing. And, I do understand that pop punk is a well-traveled path with lots of familiarities between bands the more you listen to it, but there are tons of bands out there throwing in their own twists to make it their own. It’s not that I don’t like this, actually I do, but I just wish it had a bit more (or really, any) of its own voice. 

 –megan (It’s Alive)