A horrible hack

Army of Ponch

Vs The Curse

Year Released: 2003
Format: 7"
Label: Sabot
Reviewed by Andy Malcolm on Jun 13, 2007
This is the second release from the Ponch, following up their slightly disappointing LP on No Idea from last year. The album was touted as being in the vein of bands like Max Colby and Sleepytime Trio, but I didn't hear that at all personally. This 3 tracker does a better job of latching onto that edgey mid 90's sound, engaging strong and crunchy guitars with melodies and wrought vocals that have quite an original sound. Another good comparison is to the sound that the South had on their LP, particular in the pounding bass and drums. I should also mention that Jack Bailey from the Blacktop Cadence plays for AoP. Anyways, the band really lets fly with their assault but things never get that messy, with the tight rhyhtm section and a more melodic side which is always lurking in the background to keep things together. They also prove adept at busting out the emo groove, especially on "Joe Versus the Tornado".

The Ponch have supplied a good dash of noisy emo here, done with a modern take on things. It's not perfect, but this is a band that is getting better and I think when they put another lp it out, it'll definitely be worth checking.

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