JOHN WALSH: Demos: CD-R

May 26, 2008

Listening to these songs got me wondering what the point is to being a gimmick band. I was in one once, and, sure, people might initially laugh along or show up at shows, but interest will surely fade at some point, and it may seem like more people are laughing at you than with you. Not to say that you can’t have some goofy fun with music, but I think that in the end, the amount of interest a band can sustain probably correlates to how deeply they connect with a listener. That said, John Walsh plays positive hardcore, but not necessarily in a cheap way. Consider the line, “There’s a huge difference between what I do, and what I want to do. Man, I wish it wasn’t so.” I mean, who can’t connect with that? Through six quick songs, John Walsh toe the unusual line between being hilariously awesome and solemnly thought provoking, and their cover of “You’re the Best” from Karate Kid staunchly sits in the former. –Nick Toerner 

 –guest (Self-released, www.myspace.com/americasmostpositive)

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