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Album Review

Every once in a while a band comes along that just makes you smile. Permanent ME is that kind of group, with all the flamboyant swagger of a Cheap Trick, the sense of fun of the Go-Go's, and the charm of the Romantics. But before the band commits mass suicide, be assured that although Permanent ME may boast the spirit of these groups, they sound nothing like any of them. In fact, their influences are fairly subtle, more a nod to general genres than any specific bands. The poppier side of rock definitely left a mark, as did the juttery stop-start rhythms of post-punk and their modern proponents (Franz Ferdinand, anyone?), but so did punk and new wave. Melody driven, but without smacking you in the head with overly showy hooks, there's a brightness to their sound but a shading to the production that posits them somewhere between indie and pop. "Allison" is the obvious point of entry to After the Room Clears, a track initially included on Permanent ME's Dear Virginia EP, and now spun off this set onto a single, an exuberant, tempo twisting number with a splendid singalong chorus. Album opener "Until You Leave" is just as strong, but more rock orientated, and featuring an even more dizzying chorus. There again, every song within has its own charms, be it the chiming guitars that illuminate "Heartattack," the keyboards that sweep across "By the Time," the rousing harmonies of "Blackjaw," the evocative mood that underpins "4 A.M.," the yearning for home that wraps around "NYC," the power that electrifies "Christine" or the pop-punk perfection of "20 Years." Like their music, Permanent ME' lyrics too are meaty, with sharply drawn vignettes that rumble with emotion.

A superb debut, and if this album doesn't make you smile, it must be time to refill that Prozac.

Customer Reviews

Permanet Me-Not Just great talent

This is one of the best new bands of the year, but unfourtantly it'll be ignored by the mainstream masses because of its generic sound and I hate to say it, but with the superficalness of today, not many girls will give them the time of the day because they aren't pretty boys. But they have great lyrics and skill, and not only that, but they are extremely nice guys. I met them in January after their set at the FOB show, and they were the nicest guys in the world. And after they were done signing autographs and taking pictures with fans, they headed into the crowd to watch the show. I didn't learn this until much later from my mom that the lead singer had actually, stood behind us. haha I felt so emabaressed, i acted like a ditz during the concert. xD anyways, they are good guys, and a good band, they just need to originate their sound more. Not too bad for a first album.

A More Than Decent Debut

Permanent Me snuck up on us in late may and will keep us going back through the summer. Not only are their lyrics on the pop side of rock, the vocal talents of Joseph Guccione and Brian Kapler mesh together very well. Some will say that they are another run of the mill punk-pop band, but Permanent Me could deffinately throw you some curve balls with their upbeat guitar licks and lyrical brilliance. If you liked The Starting Line's new album, check out these guys for a twist.

"Permanently" in my iPod

Permanent Me is a spectacular band. Truly. Allison's chorus is plain, simple and sweet. Just the repetition of it sounds as if there is a great love story behind it. And no doubt there is. Christine is the same way. But I'm starting to think these guys are total players. They have an almost average sound, the only thing I would suggest to the band is to have a different singing style. The number one best reason to buy this album is because you get 15 songs for $9.99! Enjoy.

Biography

Formed: Bellmore, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Permanent ME is a pop-punk quartet from the tiny Long Island suburb of Bellmore, NY. Consisting of singer and guitarist Brian Kapler, guitarist Joseph Guccione, bassist Justin Morrell, and drummer Mike Fleischmann, the group formed under the name "Yes, Virginia" while its members were still in high school. Through maintaining a strong online presence that gained both junior-high-age fans on MySpace and a number of helpful industry fans such as Sum 41 lead singer (and Mr. Avril Lavigne) Deryck Whibley...
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