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Street To Nowhere

October 16, 2003

Street To Nowhere

Demo

What do you expect from a band that labels themselves “Punk, Ska, Rock, Emo”? I mean that’s four definitive genres right there. I can see two or maybe even three genres being crossed, but four?? It could possibly happen in Seattle, because that’s the breeding ground all whacked out music these days.  But anywhere else?  I’m not so sure it can be done.

A dark acoustic guitar leads us into “Stab Wound Sighs”, which is a dark emo song with a punk chorus. Street to Nowhere (from here known as STN) uses the acoustic often throughout this demo, and they reach good results with it. They use electrics in this song as well, and it creates a slightly maniacal, frantic feel to the song. Finally, they use dramatic, sweeping crescendos as often as possible, and it enhances the overall feel greatly. At the top of the last crescendo, they have two guys singing, two guitar melodies, thrashing drums, pulsing bass, and most of the audience raising their fists in the air.  “The Parkman Ghost” shows off the impressive vocal range that the lead singer possesses. It has definite rock influences, but this song clearly displays their pop-punk chops (they feature group yelling backup vocals, something only punk can pull off). Good pop-punk has to have a good melody, and appropriately, the chorus is more infectious than the flu. Besides being an obvious nod to Kurt Cobain, “Suicide (Is So April 94′)” is an acoustic punk song that sounds so much like Calibretto that it was eerie. The vocals even possessed some of the same intonation. But, they separate themselves by using things such as guitar swoops, electric guitars, and a set of anti-suicide lyrics.

This shocked me. It was a bright, nearly flawless fusion of rock, punk, and emo. There wasn’t any ska, but hey, don’t believe everything you hear. Pushing the limits of traditional music is a good idea. But Street to Nowhere is bettering that. They push the limits of traditional music and sound awesome while doing it. The best three-song demo I’ve ever heard, hands down (Sorry Suicide Pact). You will be hearing more from these guys, most likely on your radio.

Read: www.streettonowhere.com

Listen: www.mp3.com/streettonowhere

Buy: N/A (whole album available at above address.)

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