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The Gap Year Riot – These Streets Never Sleep

May 3, 2010 by  

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The Gap Year Riot – These Streets Never Sleep

NAME: The Gap Year Riot
EP: These Streets Never Sleep
YEAR: 2010 (June 7th)
LABEL: Nitrogen

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Upbeat Scots continue to impress

LOCATION: Glasgow, Scotland

LINE UP: Fraser (vocals) / Dave (guitar/vocals) / Ian Cruise (bass) / Neil (keys)
/ Franky (drums)

WHAT’S THE STORY?: All in all, this EP is a strong display of fun and bubbly tunes, and delivers a cross-section of mastered pace, well crafted tunes and great production values. Neil’s piano could have been gimmicky as a device that sets the band apart from their contempories, but emerges as a driving force for the boys and gradually becomes an integral part of the sound. Opening track ‘Win Win’ is a fun bouncy number with cute gear changes, and is more than a little infectious. ‘3+3’ and ‘Put Down The Knives’ are both alt-radio with good energy levels, but finale ‘Always Am’ is heavier and darker than the others, and puts the listener in mind of California forest fires – it’s hot, heavy and humid, leaves you a bit damp, and is utterly triumphant.

SOUNDS LIKE: generic pop-punk that lives on the pop side of the fence, but occasionally kick there ball into the noisy punk neighbour’s garden.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF YOU LIKE: easily accessible and engaging cheerfulness.

LINKS: // MySpace

– Owen Williams



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