End Transmission – Devour

May 9th, 2010 by WLOY Staff

Just because your little sister likes it doesn’t mean it’s bad, right? I mean c’mon, Fall Out Boy may not have the same reputation as Circle Takes the Square, but who isn’t up for some upbeat power-pop every now and then, excluding metal heads, that is. Some people call the pop-punk and power-pop genres worthless and without merit. I strongly disagree. True, Bad Astronaut and Say Anything don’t have the same, deep musical compositions or technical prowess of say, progressive music or post-rock. That’s not the goal of these shallow, simplistic bands. They provide immediately gratifying, pleasurable music. This is where power-pop band End Transmission comes into play. Devour is by no means a musical masterpiece. End Transmission’s debut album is not entirely original, and I would call it a bit shallow or superficial. Now that that’s out of the way, I really liked this album. It serves the purpose nicely. Devour is chock- full with 11 enjoyable songs. 

The album flows very nicely, and there was never a point when I wanted to skip a song. There’s something to be said for that. The most blatant explanation for this is the variety. In a fairly stale genre of look-alikes, End Transmission manage to use their influences very nicely. “89” would fit nicely on the better half of an All-American Rejects record. “Better” showcases End Transmissions more punk side and I swear I’ve heard it before on a Bad Astronaut album. The most apt comparison I could make would probably be to Say Anything’s …Is A Real Boy, without the innovation, songwriting, and crazy, of course. Devour is a solid album, and it manages to steer clear of the usual pop-punk clichés pretty adequately. The songs aren’t well-written by any means, but most of them are relatable and enjoyable, in a more quirky way. The vocals are what set End Transmission apart from your average, generic, power-pop band, and if they happen to succeed on any level it will most likely be because of Zeke Berkeley and his voice. There’s no reason to expect an album the likes of …Is A Real Boy, but if you’re in the mood for some mindless, upbeat music I urge you to give this a listen. And with the length barely topping 37 minutes, you don’t have a whole lot to lose.

Recommended Tracks:

Talking In Circles


Right Side of the Bed

Grade:80% B

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