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info opinion

The Class War

"A Crack in the Mask" CDEP


Genre: indie rock, rock/pop

Sep 19 2008

There isn't really any reason for me to dislike The Class War. TCW is a technically solid rock band that performs its songs with sufficient gusto. A Crack in the Mask throws no curveballs but packs a punch - don't expect anything original, but dig the tight production and impressive energy. With guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals, these guys are basically the prototypical modern rock band, but they have more of a metal flair to them than many genre-mates. The occasional boy-girl harmony (as on "Here and Now") might be this EP's most notable aspect, but otherwise these folks remind me of The Strokes and The Killers. Thrashing "Put Your Lips on Me" is my favourite track due to its ecstatic dynamics, but thumping "Here and Now" is also worthy of mention in all its catchiness. A Crack in the Mask does nothing new, but it does nothing wrong. File under modern "indie" rock.

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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the band, released Sep 7 2008]