Review: Street Smart Cyclist – 7 inch EP

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Label: Our Neighborhood Records

Released: April 17, 2007 (or thereabouts)

Not since the Minutemen has a band been able to combine such wild abandon with such a high level of musicianship. This three song EP is quite a ride, without a note of music or a second of time wasted. The pace changes are almost too much to keep up with and the intricate triple guitar approach loosely weaves around the rhythms. The lead vocals are raw and passionate with backing vocals that are at times wild singalongs and at other times forlorn discord. The band knows just when to let the music run away and when to rein it in, just when to be complicated and when to be to-the-point. Street Smart Cyclist packs more music into these ten minutes than many bands get into a full album. (The cool silk-screened cover doesn’t hurt either.)

Rating: 8/10

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bobvinyl, writer and co-editor of No Song is an Island, founded its predecessor, Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense (whose archives are found here), in 2005 and served as editor and principal contributor until it went on hiatus in 2010. He has also been published in AMP and Loud Fast Rules! (in print) as well as Glide and FensePost on the web. He has been an avid record collector since he was seven years old and enjoys sharing his love of music from the common to the esoteric.

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