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Album Review

After a rocking debut and a more downtrodden sophomore outing, Brandtson's third disc (not counting 2000's Trying to Figure Each Other Out EP) shows the Cleveland group firmly in emo mode, yet managing to combine both of their former discs' moods into a single coherent idea that works more often than it doesn't. The band has never sounded tighter, and the crunchy, catchy songcraft of disc-opener "Mark It a Zero" and "Some Kind of Jet Pilot" offset the more pensive prose of "Command Q, Command Z" and "Little Rounder" nicely. Dial in Sounds is only lacking a truly killer song from making some mainstream noise. But the foursome is closer than it's ever been, and it's getting better every step they take. ~ Brian O'Neill, Rovi

Customer Reviews


Like All of Their Albums This Album Is Just Flat-Out AMAZING this cd just makes me want to dance and go crazy these guys are awesome

And The Critics Say..

"Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Dial In Sounds takes Brandtson's signature vocal harmony to another level and cranks up the intensity with beautiful guitars and a crystal clear mix that lets Jared Jolley's drums hold a perfect rhythm. No one plays with that Midwestern flare, thick sound or beautifully harmonized vocals that Brandtson has mastered. Dial In Sounds should elevate Brandtson to the level where their name appears right between Weezer and Jimmy Eat World." - Message From The Homeland "Brandtson have returned to conquer the throne they have yet to relinquish with Dial In Sounds. This indie rock band has been killing the underground scene for sometime now and it is time for the rest of you to wake up to their talents. Brandtson are melodic and tight, but they never forget that they are a rock band at heart. They write songs about real life that we can all relate to. Listening to Dial In Sounds is like putting on a warm coat in the winder or swimming in a pool in the summer; it just feels right. Magnificent emotionally charged tunes like With Friends like You and Some Kind of Jet Pilot take you on a ride through their world of solid harmonies and musical craftsmanship. It's indie rock for those that still like to rock. Brandtson is the band you will impress all your friends with the next time they come over." - Heckler "Over the course of three impressive records and one fantastic EP, Brandtson have transformed themselves from angst ridden post-hardcore shouters into a polished rock outfit. With Dial In Sounds, they show more sheen and control than ever. It's a natural evolution and it absolutely works. There's enough emo to satisfy old fans, plenty of pop moments in pleasantly surprising places, and some searing rock to give the record an edge. Dial In Sounds is an absolute joy to listen to. It won't disappoint old fans and is sure to attract plenty of new ones. Great stuff." - Kerrang "The songs on Dial In Sounds by Brandtson are built upon multiple layers of lush, gorgeous guitar, sturdy pillars of bass and drums and perfectly blended vocal harmonies. The production is perfect, allowing every instrument to display its power, but not so much that it overshadows the others. This makes Brandtson stand out from the crowd as the sense of individuality in a group setting lends complexity to the sound and makes it consistently interesting. When you play as tightly and with as much emotional and musical intensity as Brandtson, you end up creating anthems of indie rock. How can a band so perfectly blend pop and emo with pieces of punk and balls-out rock? Brandtson seems to have figured it out. Well done." - Delusions Of Adequacy "Dial In Sounds by Brandtson has intelligently built-up songs with composed refrains, clean guitars and choruses that burst open thanks to the tight guitars. As a nice bonus you get terrific dual vocals too. This cocktail of passionate melodic rock songs, powerful ballads and whirling, distorted guitar play is sure to please everyone. I think these guys have found a perfect combination of the emotive approach mixed with breathtaking aggression. Brandtson end up with a melodic sound that had me tapping my foot in admiration. Certainly one of the best things I've heard." - Punk Updates "Brandtson is one of those bands that perform their music so impeccably that I sat awestruck throughout Dial In Sounds. Everything about this record embodies a step forward in the development of a band who seemed wise beyond their years since their earliest works. The dual guitar playing walks a fine line of boiling force and gentle heartache, while the rhythm section matches their intensity and precision. Songs like With Friends Like You and Little Rounder will instantly convince all that Brandtson is one of the world's most intelligent bands, while Some Kind Of Jet Pilot and Guest List proves that these guys really do rock. There is a crispness to the symmetrical playing that elevates this band into rarefied rock and roll air. Staggeringly harmonious, this is a magnificent record ameliorated by expert lyrics. Go out and seek this immediately." - Jersey Beat "Brandtson have continued to refine the style of post-hardcore to near perfection with Dial In Sounds. Why only near-perfection? Because as long as these boys are making music, they will continue to raise the standard. Brandtson builds on their reputation for composing highly addictive and powerful music, leading the way with raging and chiming guitars. The fact that they utilize more than one vocalist and the spirited and precise drumming make it easy to get involved in the music. Brandtson and Deep Elm come up with another outstanding release." - Dirt Culture


Formed: 1996 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Cleveland emo quartet Brandtson was originally comprised of singer/guitarist Myk Porter, guitarist Matt Traxler, bassist John Sayre, and singer/drummer Jared Jolley. After appearing on Steadfast Records' Radiowaves and Gibberish various-artists compilation in 1997, the group signed with Deep Elm, contributing to the label samplers Records for the Working Class and A Million Miles Away: Emo Diaries, Vol. 2 before closing out 1998 with their debut full-length, Letterbox. The second Brandtson LP, Fallen...
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