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Another Intervention

Down to Earth Approach

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Album Review

Down to Earth Approach rocks with typical Vagrant fervor on Another Intervention, its full-length debut. Frontman Jonathan Lullo's boyish wail strains appropriately on the high notes ("Is this what you WANTED?," the title track begins), and the band's two guitars chug with urgency throughout. But DTEA wisely avoids the played-out quiet/loud dynamics that posit many a peer in the emo band no man's land. Instead, "We're Sleeping," "Exhibit of the Year," and "Permanently" stick to the sonic midrange of early Get Up Kids and even that band's stylistic forebear, Superchunk. Read: it's never too heavy, but neither is it all sloppy and weepy, even if famous Kleenex-holder Chris Carrabba handled some of the record's co-production. "Honey and Vinegar" is a highlight, suggesting what Tom Petty's "Even the Losers" would sound like as an emo pop gem. "Permanently" gets a bit harder, which is nice — it's sort of a less intellectual version of the Hey Mercedes sound. Later, "Lights" switches between triumphant power chord crashes and an interestingly timed chorus tinged with cool vocal harmonies. Another Intervention is a somewhat blatant recombination of Vagrant's own recent history. But Down to Earth Approach does it well and convincingly enough, so there's really no reason why this won't appeal to the label's devotees.

Biography

Formed: Batavia, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Down to Earth Approach included vocalist/guitarist Jonathan Lullo, guitarist Ryan McClurg, bassist John McCampbell, and drummer Peter Metzler. After a few false starts in their native New York, the band really started to roll around 2000, when they moved to California and their sound solidified around a robust emo/indie rock style influenced by bands like Sunny Day Real Estate and...
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