steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion

Chasing Kings

"The Current State of Our Future" EP


Genre: pop/rock

Los Angeles, CA

December 2009

These spry L.A. kids like grandiose guitar anthems and easy-to-digest hooks, and while The Current State of Our Future primarily sticks to pop/rock standard formula, it does exude a confident, gleamingly-polished demeanour. Yes, these songs are awash in gloss n' glitz, as on Coldplay knock-off "An Empty Handshake" and Country Crows coloured ballad "All My Life." The main attraction is the titular lead single; you've essentially heard this track before, in car commercials, on fashionably melodramatic teen soaps, playing in clothing stores - but its marriage of indie rock attitude and barnyard stomp renders it hopelessly addictive. It's the most memorable song on this hook-laden though hardly groundbreaking EP.

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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2009]