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Album Review

When a band takes over two years to follow up its debut album, most would anticipate no less than a full-length record — and a damn good one at that. Dead to Me has admittedly failed at meeting the first part of those expectations by only crafting enough songs for an EP, but whatever is lacking in quantity, they've easily satisfied with the quality of the songs. Little Brother is a rock album made by punk dudes, and opener "Don't Wanna" throws out two quick cymbal hits and it's off, a good representative of what's to come — all propulsive drumbeats and charging guitars bolstering spirited, somewhat rough vocals that spout lyrics of disillusionment, vulnerability, and, somewhere in all that, hope as well. The band's familiar melodic Cali punk drives this brisk set, and the only song that stands out as markedly different is the title track, which relatively slows things down at the midway mark with shuffling ska upstrokes, a lackadaisical bassline, and background harmonies that culminate in a nice singsongy chorus. Dead to Me's sense of melody and their ability to write basic, catchy songs shines through in all five tracks, and that's what ultimately makes this EP so enjoyable. Little Brother is a natural second step from that first spirited album — though one that doesn't stray too far from the original blueprint — and even if it doesn't suggest much innovation in the future, it's hard to find fault. Actually, the only complaint that can really be tossed Dead to Me's way is that they're teasing fans; those who liked 2006's Cuban Ballerina will listen to this EP and then anxiously ask for more.

Customer Reviews

Dear Sweet Jesus!!

No one has reviewed this yet?! Maybe we all just know how much a*s this kicks that no one's got to say anything, and if you don't know than now you know. This little EP hits like a shot of rattlesnake venom, cross your fingers that nothing goes wrong from now until their next full length come out. The world needs Dead To Me.

Who wrote the official review for this EP?!

The author of the original review should have his head stomped with a golf shoe. To use words and terms like singsongy, ska (please, will somebody learn the difference between a reggae riff and Ska...), cali punk, lacksadaisical, tease - it is an injustice to the artists. Simply put, this EP is great. Those of us who have spent time behind the business end of the punk scene know that it can take time to write, finance and distro an album, especially when you're taking it as serious as I believe Dead to Me is. The group is a pairing of talented, experienced, sometimes hard-knocked artists who seem to make their songs a way of venting, explaining their failings, reaching for redemption and empathizing with the low income bracket youth who make up their listeners. Cali-punk is a term distasteful, especially to us from California and even more so, Northern California. I'd prefer to describe them as street-surface poets, akin to the Clash, the Jam or the New Town Nuerotics, but not an imitation. Be thankful that in this economy the band gave you five great songs for only a few dollars... and if you want more, go to a show. And stop calling California cali...

Is this illegal?

things this good make me wonder if I'm breaking the law by listening to it because it's so damn good. This album is amazing. If you like punk rock of any kind definitely give it a good listen.


Formed: 2003 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Punk revivalists Dead to Me formed in late 2003 in the wake of the dissolution of San Francisco's One Man Army. The band formed around OMA vets Jack Dalrymple (guitar/vocals) and Brandon Pollack (guitar); Western Addiction bassist Chicken (who also worked at Fat Wreck Chords) soon joined on and split vocals with Dalrymple. Boasting a working-class sound similar to OMA that blended late-'70s punk with the sonic grit of a band like Dillinger Four, they eventually recruited Chicken's cousin Ian Anderson...
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