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New Year's Day

New Year's Day

(TVT; US: 2006)

Getting the attention of Fall Out Boy’s label and Motion City Soundtrack never hurts in getting your name out. But fortunately the buzz about New Year’s Day is quite right. This EP shows that the band is only as strong as the pipes of singer Ashley Hittesdorf that gives the whiny, emo-saturated motif a new breath of fresh air. “I Was Right” has more in common with bands like No Doubt, Garbage and Angels & Airwaves than Mr. Boy and Mr. Soundtrack.  Helped out by some great guitar work from Keith Drover, the song shifts gears without stalling at any moment. More pop rock oozes out of the finely-crafted “So Long” that would get most angst-riddled teens pumping their fists. The band keeps the momentum going with perhaps the highlight, the rowdy but oh so polished “Razor” that has some edge to it. Another keeper is the punchy, bouncy and radio-friendly “Who We Are” featuring some horns courtesy of Reel Big Fish. Short and sweet, the five-song effort ends with “Away”. Hopefully they won’t be away for too long.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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