Death In The Park - Death In The Park

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Pop Rock
End Sounds
Death In The Park
Death In The Park
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Having not realized who exactly I was listening to at the start, it wasn’t until several spins later I figured out why Death In The Park felt familiar: Andy Jackson of Hot Rod Circuit fronts Death In The Park. Now also in Terrible Things with Fred Mascherino, Death In The Park’s self-titled, full length debut seems like it almost didn’t happen. But it did, thankfully.

While Jackson holds down the fort with super catchy vocal melodies and worthwhile lyrics, there is so much more to be engulfed in while listening. Pop/rock isn’t the easiest to pull off without sounding monotonous in this day and age. Everyone writes major keyed pop anthems with upbeat chord progressions and cliché lyrics. But Death In The Park bring a little more angst to the table without pushing them out of the genre and really capturing the essence of a hook.

Everything from opener “Pitifully exposed” to ballad “Oh You Know” there is grand use of dynamic tonality. The guitar tones aren’t overly processed or compressed with a very nice chunk behind them. It’s a really warm, filled out, articulate tone that fits perfectly in the mix. It’s not too far back where you can tell there’s too much emphasis on the drums and vocals, but not crushingly loud to drown out the aforementioned. Andy’s vocals span from the really gruff (“Laws of Nature”) to extremely melodic croons (“Oh You Know”) with ease making it ease to want to sing along on just about every track.

There may not be much Hot Rod Circuit Pt. 2, and it’s not the perfect record, but Death In The Park really shows up the entire pop/rock scene in its delivery. Perhaps the lack of innovation is what brings the record down a notch, but it’s still a valiant effort from a long time veteran with little to complain about except may its delayed release.

1. Pitifully Exposted
2. Fallen (Feat. Hayley Williams)
3. Do You Want Me Now
4. Laws of Nature
5. Move To The Beat
6. The Run Around
7. Sway
8. How Much is Too Much
9. Oh You Know
10. Walk Away

Death in the Park is a new project from former Hot Rod Circuit / Safety in Numbers frontman, Andy Jackson. After releasing a few songs on Myspace, the band released their self-titled debut EP via the indie label End Sounds in 2009. They recently embarked on a tour with Alkaline Trio and Saves the Day. As of 2010, the band is taking a back seat to Andy's new project, but found time to release their self-titled debut in August. Andy Jackson is currently focused on the new project Terrible Things, which also includes former members of Taking Back Sunday and Coheed and Cambria.

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