Nocturnal Me - Nocturnal Me EP

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Nocturnal Me EP
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Love them or loathe them, it was difficult to ignore the uprising of Cute Is What We Aim For. Utilizing the new-found promotional efficacy of social websites such as MySpace and PureVolume, the innovative successes of the Fueled By Ramen sweethearts cannot be denied – with two Billboard 100 albums to their name; the band became a brand name, albeit an often scorned one. After their second effort, Rotation, the band seemed to fade away, before their eventual disbanding - blamed on singer Shaant Hacikyan’s ‘attitude and demeanor’. While Shaant plans to go the solo route, the remaining members decided to form Nocturnal Me.

Anyone expecting a second installment of Cute Is What We Aim For is in for a surprise; this is a completely new chapter in the musical memoirs of vocalist and bassist Dave Melillo, guitarist Jeff Czum and drummer Mikey Lasaponara. Opener “Once Bitten” is an unexceptional effort, with its clichéd hook, naive themes of love and death, and jagged backdrop, but it introduces Melillo’s vocals, which, after some accustoming, become the focal point of Nocturnal Me’s prospectus, admirably reminiscing a hybrid of early-Fall Out Boy and Hit The Lights.

“This Isn’t Love” is the EP’s pièce de résistance, with a groovy atmosphere maintained by intelligent lyrics and elegant vocal delivery - much alike the immaturely titled “Cougarz”, a song which leans towards pop punk, and features the EP’s most lively instrumental performance. Again, impressive and harmonious vocals, inventive and shrewd lyrics, and touches of synthesizer make their respective appearances – with the synths being comparable to Farewell - the way it’s supposed to be done. The EP strays away the nauseatingly polished sound of Rotation however, employing very few ‘fake’ sounds throughout. Take that as you will, but this contributes to the EP’s main flaw - the instrumental simplicity, which results in an occasionally one-dimensional sound, as in “Woulda Coulda.”

With a competent debut effort, Nocturnal Me have established themselves as a band with talent and potential, despite a few minor flaws – the inconsistent production and lack of layers. Look at this as a worthwhile sampler of what’s to come. Practice makes perfect.

1. Once Bitten
2. This Isn’t Love
3. Woulda Coulda
4. Cougarz

(2009 - Present)

Dave Melillo, Jeff Czum, Mikey Lasaponara and John Viavantte are poised to consummate their artistic visions under the guise of Nocturnal Me. The band released an EP sans Viavantte in the December of 2009 which echoed a pop-rock style that Mellilo, Czum and Lasaponara had developed through previous projects. The band recently recorded 3 songs at the Hurley Studio's in Costa Mesa, CA which show a progression into a more aggressive, funk-tinged sound inspired by such bands as Incubus, Jamiroqui and Maroon 5.

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