New Years Day - My Dear

2007-10-16 14:27
They sound like a mixture of Blink 182, Sum 41, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and The Used…but with female vocals. Full of sass and irreverence Ashley Costello shouts and talks through all 11 tracks. She’s not the best singer, but in punk-rock it doesn't really matter. The album is seething with playful angst, with the title track’s lyrics speaking of obsession and lust: “It’s so pathetic, I make myself sick, take what you want from me I’ll give you everything, I can get over this”. Yes, it’s pretty deep stuff.

On a serious note though, this album is totally commercial. It’s exactly the type of music you hear in the background on MTV’s The Hills whilst LC drives home from the Teen Vogue. But that doesn’t make it tragic, just completely devoid of any conscience which sadly is the fate of most of the punk-rock coming out of the US at the moment. Basically My Dear isn’t great but it will be interesting to see what they do next, maybe they’ll be a little more daring.

- Erica Chidi

New Year’s Day first full length LP My Dear is naive and elementary in it’s construction but strangely infectious because they’ve played it safe, using generic indie-punk guitar rifts and arrangements.

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