Up Syndrome

by Thee Now Sound

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- NBTMusicRadio Album of 2011

“Occasionally bands and record labels fit seamlessly into a ready-made partnership; such is the case with Thee Now Sound.

Based in Ohio, the trio’s ear-shattering blast of raucous punk rock is a punishing assault on the senses, which is why it seems rather appropriate when you discover that the band is signed to Tinnitus Music. Comprised of snotty vocals, distorted guitar lines and intense beats, Seize Thee Sound is a pulsating statement of intent from a band that plays on their torn, emotional boundaries.


“ Playing the "Seize Thee Sound" EP, there's a very punk/pre-grunge sound to it. I regret listening to it while the wife was sleeping, because I really wanted to turn up the volume and jam it out.

The song "Stooge" is obviously a ode to Iggy Pop, where you can hear the elements of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" in the bass line. The screaming is in your face, and the quality is very raw. Perfect for the genre. Who likes polished punk rock? Those bubblegum-chewing kiddies at the mall!

"Bar Bend Blues" starts out with a high dosage of feedback from the guitar, bringing to mind sorrowful memories of Kurt Cobain's contributions to music. However, the rest of the song is more rambunctious and not very Nirvana-ish. It leans more Rancid, and has nothing bluesy about it. It's like Flogging Molly with balls.

"Psy" has more of a groovy, jam band feel about it. It kinda lingers there, feeling improvised. But fun. Listen: What's he going to say next?

The "Up Syndrome" EP is along the same veins, and is hard to tell if it was recorded before or after the "Seize Thee Sound" EP. Both are listed at BandCamp under the same date, but that could be when it was uploaded to the profile.

The song, "3 to 1" has a lot of chunks and splashes. The vocals actually remind me of the delivery (not the sound!) of Danzig's - think: "Snakes of Christ." And they add that long-forgotten feedback squeal at the end of the track.

"Day After Execution" is a straight-up nod to early 80's punk rock. There are plenty of bends in the guitar solo, seemingly on the 3rd and 4th strings, instead of the usual high strings.

This second EP rounds off with the track, "Nailed," a more thrash-punk sound. The melodies of the verses are so familiar, but I cannot place them. Not a rip-off, but definitely influenced by a song that's on the tip of my (and probably your) tongue.

Over all, all six songs are wonderful for old school punk. They're raw, slushy, fast and fun. And there's nothing like Thee Now Sound in Columbus, as far as I know.”

-Steve Dustcircle, CMR Ohio


released May 30, 2011



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