The Loved Ones [I]The Loved Ones[/I] Review

All right, I’ve good news and I’ve got bad news. Bad news first, bands rarely rock together forever. It’s sad, but it’s the truth, sorry. However, the good news is that when a band dies, other groups usually scavenge a piece or two, so a portion of it ends up living on in a new medium. Sometimes, this method can be inefficient and various appendages will waste away until a mad scientist starts digging through graves and snatching parts to create their own megaband/sin against god. If anything has been learned from science fiction, it’s that taking pieces of dead objects and reanimating them in a new form is always a good idea. Either that or the exact opposite, I forget the details sometimes. In the same vein, four thick strings have been unwoven from Kid Dynamite, five thin ones attached to formerly unused vocal chords are from The Curse and an array of skins have been peeled from Trial by Fire. When combined with a lightning storm and a hunchback, the three separate entities became The Loved Ones.

Their self-titled debut EP does not really show much of the hardcore or emo genetics that were apparent in the member’s former bands. The vocals never get as outright screamy as you hear in hardcore music or as whiney as emo, though it leans dangerously close to both on several different occasions. One of the few complaints that I have with this trio is that there isn’t really anything that sets them apart from the 50,000 other good punk bands that are thrilling crowds out there, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The Loved Ones are just straightforward punk rock with no bells, whistles or gimmicks to distract you.

The EP starts up with "100k", which is an upbeat, fast-paced song that gets you into the music immediately and sets the bar pretty high in terms of expectations for the next four songs. Unfortunately, none of them really match the intensity of this one. The second track, "Chicken", which starts off kind of strange and all over the place in tempo, eventually settles down into a good song that I can see being the one that the whole crowd sings along with at concerts. At the midpoint of the album comes "Massive", a slower, repetitive song that has the angriest sounding vocals on the EP, but lacks the speed or emotion to really get that anger across and sounds needlessly drawn out at times as well. "Drastic" is a one man ballad, very reminiscent of Green Day’s "Time of Your Life", except it probably won’t get any play at prom or in those stupid photo slideshows you had to watch at the end of senior year that were full of fake smiles and wretched bitches, but I digress. "Candy Cane" finishes off the album strong and almost reaches the levels set forth by the “100k”, but never quite gets there.

If you start up this EP expecting to hear something revolutionary that will change the way you listen to music from now on, I don’t think you’re going to be very happy with what you get. However, if you realize that you are listening to a first offering from a punk band that has only been together for about eight months, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised with what you hear from your speakers. The Loved Ones aren’t quite a well-oiled machine yet, but they have a lot of potential and could easily become a household name over the next few years, assuming they stay away from torch-wielding peasants and windmills.

THE LOVED ONES PLAY TSUNAMI RELIEF SHOW

THE LOVED ONES along with Underoath, Midtown, The Starting line, and The Early November will be playing Sunday, January 16th at the in an effort to raise funds for Tsunami Relief.

Concerts like this one are a great chance to both talk about such issues while lending a hand. We strongly encourage everyone do what they can to help stave off both the immediate devastation and in many ways the more destructive long term effects of the recent Indian Ocean earthquake and resulting Tsunami.

For more information on what you can do to help please feel free to check out the following links:






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THE LOVED ONES GET MYSPACE MADNESS & TOUR

On the cusp of the release of their self titled EP (JT1102), THE LOVED ONES are gearing up for a busy year. Out the gate the boys will be hitting the road for an east coast jaunt with label mates STRIKE ANYWHERE[/B] and more gigs are in the works throughout 2005. While the band is spending their January in staunch anticipation of rocking your socks off they have been bidding their time by joining PAINT IT BLACK and FROM ASHES RISE kicking out a Myspace page of their own. So check it out, stream some tracks off the new joint, scope some demos, and peep Dave Hause’s sleeves…











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THE LOVED ONES "THE LOVED ONES" CD EP (JT1102) NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER


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Due to drop into our nation’s finest record outlets February 22nd, THE LOVED ONES self-titled CD EP (JT1102) is now available for pre-order. Produced by Brian Mcternan (Thrice, Hot Water Music, Strike Anywhere) the band’s debut is a raucous exercise in razor-throated punk classics, a earnest mix of colossal hooks and ferocious energy. Owing as much to the mile-a-minute, whiskey slugging styling of Dillinger Four as the smarmy and cocksure swagger of early Elvis Costello, THE LOVED ONES offer a glimpse into the tracks that will surely launch them from the northeast basement circuit and into the pop public idiom – the Philly based band has just stepped off the road with and and are gearing up for a hectic New Year.

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TRACK LISTING
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2. Chicken
3. Massive
4. Drastic
5. Candy Can

The first 50 people to pre-order the EP from the Jade Tree E-Store will receive a free The Loved Ones Beverage Koozie (liquid refreshment product not included).

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THE LOVED ONES ON TOUR WITH THE BOUNCING SOULS & AGAINST ME!

THE LOVED ONES, whose stunning self-titled EP (JT1102) is due out February 22nd, are giving select audiences an advance screening of their juicy hooks all this next week. The band – made up of members of The Curse, KID DYNAMITE, and TRIAL BY FIRE – will be on the road for the tail end of November with The Bouncing Souls and Against Me! before striking out on their own for select North East dates throughout December.

Their record will be available for preorder December 21st and released on February 22nd, 2005. In case you were wondering our good friends at will be pressing vinyl for this release.


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THE LOVED ONES "THE LOVED ONES" CD EP (JT1102) RELEASE INFO AND MP3


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Produced by Brian Mcternan (Thrice, Hot Water Music, Strike Anywhere) THE LOVED ONES self-titled CD EP (JT1102) debut is filled to the brim with a blazing mix of punk sensibilities, rock riffs, and raspy vocals. Song after song the Philly based band – made up of members of The Curse, KID DYNAMITE, and TRIAL BY FIRE – deliver a non-stop barrage of explosive hooks coupled with a pummeling sense of urgency. Expect big things, as earnest, heart-felt sing-alongs simply don’t get any better than this.

This record will be available for preorder December 21st and released on February 22nd, 2005

Our good friends at will be pressing a fancy 10" for this release.

TRACK LISTING
1.
2. Chicken
3. Massive
4. Drastic
5. Candy Cane