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Stop Doing Bad Things

Spitalfield

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Album Review

The question with bands like Spitalfield is always the same: can they grow and mature without losing the edginess and passion that initially attracted their fan base? So far, the answer seems to be yes. Spitalfield's second album for the Victory label does a nice job of balancing enhanced sonics (courtesy of alt rock star producer Ed Rose) and sometimes intricate vocal harmonies with solid, gutsy guitar and straightforward songwriting. Nothing here will offend or disappoint those who fell in love with Remember Right Now, and those for whom this album constitutes an introduction to Spitalfield will almost certainly want to go back and fill in their collections with the group's earlier releases. If Stop Doing Bad Things fails to yield any truly superlative high points, well, maybe that's just another way of saying that Spitalfield is one consistent band. Actually, "Tampa Bum Blues" does pack a distinctive wallop, and "Building a Better City by Design" sort of offers an extra-heavy dose of good fist-pumping fun as well. But none of the other tracks falls far behind those two in quality. Recommended.

Biography

Formed: 1998 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Formed in the suburbs of Chicago in 1998, Spitalfield play punky alternative rock with some pop sensibilities. A split release first appeared in 2001, followed the next year by Faster Crashes Harder on Sinister. Their debut five-song EP, The Cloak and Dagger Club, came out in October 2002 to rave reviews from Punk Planet, and the band soon signed to their hometown's powerhouse label, Victory. Their label debut, Remember Right Now, was issued in June 2003 and highlighted the band's trademark straightforward...
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