Friday, 25 July 2008

Review - Static Radio NJ - An Evening Of Bad Decisions

Static Radio NJ - An Evening Of Bad Decisions

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8 out of 10

There must be something in the water in New Jersey. It's given us The Gaslight Anthem, None More Black, Kid Dynamite, Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen.and now Static Radio NJ. Now I'm not going to put Static Radio NJ on the same pedestal as Tom Waits or Bruce Springsteen (Few, if any bands even come close) but I'd certainly have no qualms mentioning them in the same breath as Kid Dynamite or None More Black. In fact a lot of the songs on this debut album sound not unlike a slower Kid Dynamite, with a touch more of an influence from bands like Bane or Comeback Kid. The first song actually bears an uncanny resemblance to The Loved Ones, but thankfully the rest of the CD diverge from the rather middle of the road path taken by that band.

If you've never heard any of the bands above (For shame!) then think of Static Radio NJ as being melodic hardcore with pop sensibilities and nice chunky riffs and you'll get the idea. Not as good as the first None More Black album by a longish chalk, but probably better than the disappointing second one.


1. Marc
2. Bothered
3. Green Hoody
4. Places
5. Ferren Decks
6. Cut the Tie
7. Statelines
8. Fin
9. Wake Up
10. In Your Dreams
11. Standing Still
12. Who's Laughing Now
13. The Waiting Game

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