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Album Review

There's nothing especially original about Short Round, a Milpitas, CA-based trio fronted by Chinkees guitarist Jason Thinh. But then, originality is an overrated commodity in rock & roll. What matters more than innovation are tunefulness, energy, and concision, and Short Round has all of those in spades. Their debut album finds them working in a familiar punky/melodic rock vein, with occasional detours into ska ("Cleansing, Cut and Scrape") and Clash-y old-school punk rock ("Ill Frustrated"). Thinh is an endearingly average singer with a good pop sense and a charming disregard for phrasing; lines like, "I've done the damage/I didn't want to have any of it/Dripping phrases sarcastically like concrete on the ground" would be irritating coming from a singer with a better voice. Bassist Nate and drummer James prop him up with solid chops but don't get in his way. The result is a very promising debut from a young band who bears watching.


Formed: 1999 in Milpitas, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Fronted by guitarist and vocalist Jason Thinh, who also plays with the Chinkees, and located in Milpitas, CA, Short Round also features the work of bassist Nate Higley and drummer Randall. Influenced by the tunes of bands like Jawbreaker, Bikini Kill, or even Pavement, the trio delivers a melodic wave of punk-pop, blended with driving highlights of ska, funk, and alternative pop. Shortly after their assemblage, Short Round played its first live shows, for the first time delivering their energizing...
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