10 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go! is the latest uplifting release from a group that began as a spinoff from the Christian rap-metal band Thousand Foot Krutch. This time out, FM Static offers such infectious tunes as “(Hey) I Want It,” “F.M.S.T.A.T.I.C.” and the title number with plenty of rousing, all-join-together energy. Singer/guitarist Trevor McNevan is especially good at capturing a nostalgic sense of longing in tracks like “Cinnamon & Lipstick” and “Last Train Home.” The band’s musical attack matches slicing guitar riffs with bubbly melodies and grooves that range from rock to hip-hop in feel. The bratty sarcasm of “U Don’t Know Me Like That” is balanced by the sensitivity of “Black Tattoo” (a look at an abusive relationship) and “Inside Out” (a waltzing love song reminiscent of ’90s-era Edwin McCain). My Brain… overflows with shamelessly catchy hooks and chant-along choruses, but beyond its bounce and fizz is a positive, Spirit-grounded message as well.

EDITORS’ NOTES

My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go! is the latest uplifting release from a group that began as a spinoff from the Christian rap-metal band Thousand Foot Krutch. This time out, FM Static offers such infectious tunes as “(Hey) I Want It,” “F.M.S.T.A.T.I.C.” and the title number with plenty of rousing, all-join-together energy. Singer/guitarist Trevor McNevan is especially good at capturing a nostalgic sense of longing in tracks like “Cinnamon & Lipstick” and “Last Train Home.” The band’s musical attack matches slicing guitar riffs with bubbly melodies and grooves that range from rock to hip-hop in feel. The bratty sarcasm of “U Don’t Know Me Like That” is balanced by the sensitivity of “Black Tattoo” (a look at an abusive relationship) and “Inside Out” (a waltzing love song reminiscent of ’90s-era Edwin McCain). My Brain… overflows with shamelessly catchy hooks and chant-along choruses, but beyond its bounce and fizz is a positive, Spirit-grounded message as well.

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About FM Static

Toronto's FM Static was the pop-punk side project of Thousand Foot Krutch's Trevor McNevan (vocals/guitar) and Steve Augustine (drums). A million miles away from TFK's blustery rap-metal, FM Static had much more in common with the fizzy, immediately accessible pop-punk of blink-182 or Good Charlotte. Joined by bassist Justin Smith and guitarist John Bunner, McNevan and Augustine issued FM Static's debut on Tooth & Nail in July 2003; it featured 11 positive-thinking songs about girls, high school, and summertime. FM Static supported it with a nationwide tour that fall. The guys followed up three years later with Critically Ashamed. The duo ramped up their songwriting for their next album, the 2009 concept album and rock opera Dear Diary, which featured a narrative told through the fictional characters diary entries. The album was a success, helping the band to break onto the Billboard 200. The following year the band announced they were working on new material and their fourth album, My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go!, was released in 2011. ~ Johnny Loftus

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Rock

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