JUVENESCENT BEAT: A Man Could Get Shot Around Here for Asking Questions Like That: CD

Tough band to get a handle on. At times they remind me of a fuller To The Ground-era Shivering, other times the vocal/guitar interplay have a total Old Growth feel to ‘em, especially on the second song. It’s definitely some solid stuff, even at five tracks, though the scribbled, pixilated cover (done in MS Paint?) would lead most listeners to believe that they’re about to be privy to some downright suckiness. Ultimately, yeah, I’d have to go with the Old Growth comparison, if you consider the fact that Juvenescent Beat seems to eschew much of the melancholic qualities I associate with that band. Damn fine attack, but some lyrics would’ve been nice, and that cover art has seriously gotta go.

 –keith (self-released, no address)