June 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: Sonic Avenues – Mistakes

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Sonic Avenues

Mistakes

Dirtnap Records

Street: 04.15
Sonic Avenues = The Briefs + The Cute Lepers + Sharp Objects

Sonic Avenues blasts out with a garage power pop twist that complements the legacy left by The Exploding Hearts rather nicely—they do an excellent job with poppy yet twisted, snotty distorted vocals that are coupled with a raw, ’77-influenced punk sound. To get the idea of this fuzzy barrage, I recommend starting with the garage-influenced number, “Automatic.” Closely follow this prescription with the power pop numbers “New Vogues” and “Teenage Brain.” Unfortunately, after a few tracks in, one can generally get the idea behind the album. It’s fun, fast and energetic—but I’ve heard it before. –Nick Kuzmack

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