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With the success of Dashboard Confessional's strum-and-mope acoustic rock, it's not surprising that the Starting Line — a pop/punk band with obvious talent but few original ideas — would put together an E.P. of similarly executed emo. If the group's normal 'electric guitar, bass and drums' delivery is pretty innocuous, its unplugged approach isn't groundbreaking either, but it's pretty darn appealing. The title track to Make Yourself at Home is a shimmering number that chronicles homesickness as it puts Ken Vasoli's capable pipes out in front of a resonant acoustic guitar and a clacking, programmed beat. Elsewhere, break-up songs like "Selective" and "Playing Favorites" are both accessible and lyrically despondent, as all decent emo should be. But Vasoli's wide vocal range is what catapults them to above average status. "The Night Life" breaks out of the slow-to-mid-tempo tact that prevails on this E.P., sounding downright peppy with a clopping drum keeping time that makes it easily the best of these six, well-executed tracks. ~ John D. Luerssen, Rovi

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Biography

Formed: 1999 in Churchville, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Pennsylvanian punk-poppers the Starting Line originally came together in 1999 via version 2.0 of the old "vocalist wanted" flyer hanging at the local record store. Guitarist Matt Watts was playing with a few bands throughout his teenage years, but after seeing Ken Vasoli's AOL profile, he invited him to jam. Vasoli was soon installed as the bassist and singer, joining Watts, second guitarist Mike Golla, and drummer Tom Gryskiewitz to form Sunday Drive. Though barely out of high school, Sunday Drive...
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