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NOT TONIGHT AND THE HEADACHES – ‘If You Were Real You’d Do Your Own Stunts’ Review

not-tonight-and-the-headachesWell the bands tongue in cheek name alludes to their self-proclaimed influences and desire to resurrect the sound of mid 90’s pop punk.

They achieve this admirably, sitting back and closing my eyes I could just imagine myself back in the mid 90’s, when I was discovering the sounds of the new batch of North American bands like Billy Talent and Sum 41.

Not Tonight and the Headaches comprise of fast catchy riffs with some good strong vocals, matched up with some full on harmonies.

Lyrically, ‘If You Were Real You’d Do Your Own Stunts’ is what I would class as teen angst style, very much dealing with the trials and tribulations of everyday life, break up’s and disappointments, without being depressing.

This is the sort of stuff that happy emo kids would listen to if that is not a paradox.

From the opening of the title track at a shade over 1 minute 20 to the closing track ‘Falter Ego’, the longest track at 4 minutes and 5 seconds this is a polished performance of good quality songs that you could see appealing to anyone who grew up through that 90’s era especially, although I think anyone from kids to old farts like me, who like a bouncy tune and sing-a-long lyric will enjoy this album.

Personal favourites include ‘Thick as Thieves’, disappointingly not a version of the Jam song but an original slice of power pop with a great hook line, and the stand out track for me of ‘I Guess This Is Progress’ with its great combination of a powerful musical track, strong vocals and sneaking in a bit of strings too

10 tracks and nearly half an hour of fun for all the family, give ‘em a listen, if you don’t end up tapping your toes to at least one track, then you are probably dead already.

One step forwards, two steps backwards this is how we built our society, watch it come crashing down around me!” hopefully not before a few more people have heard this album and discovered that you don’t always have to delve into the past to find a favourite genre, as if you look hard enough there are bands around making new music that is just as good as they used to be in the old days.

Chris – Punk Online

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Track Listing
1. If You Were Real You’d Do Your Own Stunts
2. Goodbye Kiss
3. Thick as Thieves
4. Reasons to Smile
5. State of Confusion
6. I Guess This is Progress
7. She’s With You
8. Dislocated
9. Apologies
10. Falter Ego



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