Much the Same - Survive

Much the Same - Survive
Genre: Pop\Rock
Duration: 32:18
Artist: Much the Same
Album: Survive
Release Date: August 29, 2006
Recording Location: D13, Huntington Beach, CA; Maple Studios, Santa Ana, CA
Styles: Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk Revival

Much the Same has a knack for taking music that, by 2006, should sound tired and tedious, and instead, churns it out with a vitality that energizes ears and incites both impassioned singalongs and spirited steering wheel drumming sessions. Just as on prior efforts, the Chicago quartet is set to continue in the footsteps of mid-'90s skatepunk bands; they still sound strikingly similar to acts like Millencolin -- lead vocalist Gunner McGrath doing nothing to rectify the situation -- and you'd even swear at one point halfway through "Stiches" that Greg Graffin makes a guest appearance. Though by no stretch of the imagination is this a bad thing at all, since whatever the band might lack in innovation, Much the Same makes up for tenfold in the energy and passion they bring to the table. From the opening burst of "The Greatest Betrayal," Survive is full of nothing but potent shots of adrenaline-laced rock for those aching for fast, melodic, no-frills, chant-along punk. The songwriting has taken a significant step forward since 2003's Quitters Never Win, and new drummer Jevin Kaye lends a heavy hand in making Survive's tracks tighter, stronger, and more forceful sounding overall.

Earnestness drives the mid-tempo resilience of "For Those Left Behind," while soured friendships are directly targeted on embittered cuts like the vicious bite of "Take What's Yours" and the restrained-to-brazen intensity of "Gut Shot." So sure, the band's name might kind of wrap them and their music up in one fell swoop, but when it's delivered this fervently and without pretense -- not to mention devoid of any eyeliner -- how can one really complain? Much the Same has more than just delivered on album number two -- they've made a record you'd be sorry to miss.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
The Greatest Betrayal / Much the Same / Franky TsoukalasMuch the Same2:36
American Idle / Jevin Kaye / Gunner McGrath / Much the SameMuch the Same3:13
Gut Shot / Gunner McGrath / Much the Same / Franky TsoukalasMuch the Same3:16
What I Know / Gunner McGrath / Much the SameMuch the Same3:11
Take What's Yours / Jevin Kaye / Gunner McGrath / Much the SameMuch the Same2:34
Skeletons / Much the Same / Franky TsoukalasMuch the Same3:38
For Those Left Behind / Gunner McGrath / Much the Same / Franky TsoukalasMuch the Same3:14
Living a Lie / Gunner McGrath / Much the SameMuch the Same1:09
Stitches / Much the Same / Franky TsoukalasMuch the Same3:50
Wrecking Ball / Jevin Kaye / Much the Same / Franky TsoukalasMuch the Same2:41
Picking Up the Shattered Pieces / Much the Same / Franky TsoukalasMuch the Same2:56

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