Review Rundown 140 Or Less: Kraddy, A Rocket to the Moon, Circa Survive, My Chemical Romance, Silverstein

This Review Rundown 140 or less edition is pretty heavy on the EP’s this time out, taking succinct looks at new releases from (hed)P.E., Kraddy, A Rocket to the Moon, Circa Survive, My Chemical Romance aka the Mad Gear and Missile Kid, Ghost Runner on Third, Fireworks, Silverstein, Madina Lake, and Mae.

File Under: (Sort of) Punk/Metal
(hed)P.E. – Truth Rising (Suburban Noize): With new material theres always a glimmer of hope that (hed)P.E. will be good again. Truth Rising isn’t a turning point. It’s pretty bad. (
Grade: F
Go Download: Nothing

File Under: Glitch Hop
Kraddy – Labyrinth (Alpha Pup): Labyrinth houses some quality beats – some you can dance to, some that are plain confusing. Plan on ‘Let Go’ getting stuck in your head. (
Grade: B-
Go Download: ‘Let Go’

File Under: Powerpop in a Power Outage
A Rocket to the Moon – The Rainy Day Sessions EP (Fueled By Ramen): Striking & captivating, Rainy Days is ARTTM at their most beautiful. Listen to the ‘Single Ladies’ cover - Beyonce, eat your heart out. (
Grade: A
Go Download: ‘Like We Used To’

File Under: Atmospheric Post-Hardcore
Circa Survive – Appendage EP (Atlantic): This EP is full of sweeping moment’s rife w/beautiful instrumentation, topped with Anthony Green’s picture-perfect croon. It’s magnificent. (
Grade: A
Go Download: ‘Lazarus’

File Under: Cooky Alter-Ego Punk Rock
My Chemical Romance AKA the Mad Gear and Missile Kid – the Mad Gear and Missile Kid EP (Reprise): OK MCR, we get it – you’re talented & creative. This EP isn’t terrible but enough w/the goofy concept band stuff. Go back to your roots now. (
Grade: C+
Go Download: ‘F.T.W.W.W.’

File Under: Indie Rock We Lost Far Too Early
Ghost Runner on Third – Speak Your Dreams EP (Rise): Emarosa’s Jonny Craig’s jumping off point that’s not to be missed. 6 tracks of pure indie rock. They don’t make them like this anymore. (
Grade: A
Go Download: ‘Crossing Lines’

File Under: Under the Radar Pop-Punk
Fireworks – Bonfires EP (Triple Crown): Bonfires is 4 tracks (10min) of very good pop-punk, loaded w/swift grooves & catchy hooks. Itll remind you of summer, which is a good thing. (
Grade: A
Go Download: ‘Like Ships in the Night’

File Under: Screamy Post-Hardcore Vets
Silverstein – Transitions (Hopeless): On Transitions you’ll get the heavy side of SS (‘Sacrifice’) & the melodic (‘Darling Harbour’), but the NIN cover (‘Wish’) is the best cut. (
Grade: B
Go Download: ‘Wish’

File Under: Alt-Rock
Madina Lake – the Dresden Codex (Self-Released): Glossy mainstream rock steeped in much slick production, but the EP isn’t w/o its charm – ‘Hey Superstar’ & ‘Let It Go’ are quality tunes. (
Grade: C+
Go Download: ‘Hey Superstar’

File Under: Piano-Based Indie
Mae – (E)vening (Cell Records): As beautiful as piano-laden indie rock comes, (e)vening is proof positive that Mae are back in top form after spending a few years in a fog. (
Grade: B
Go Download: ‘I Just Needed You to Know’