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Transmit Now - Downtown Merry-Go-Round

Jess.   (29 reviews)

Posted: 07/07/2010 | Comments: 5 | Rate:

From Orlando, FL comes Transmit Now, a band you may or may not remember from their victory on MTV’s “I Want My Music On MTV2" contest. They also toured on Warped Tour '08 after winning an online battle of the bands. They may have internet popularity and a few songs featured on MTV, but is this band really up-to-snuff, or just another commercial, generic reproduction of everything we have heard before? Transmit Now's vocalist, Andy Brooks, says "a punk-rock work ethic and a love for their music is what sets Transmit Now apart from the rest of the power-pop crowd". Power-pop? We'll see.

Downtown Merry-Go-Round is Transmit Now's first full length album which, interestingly enough, was recorded while conducting a live webcam session on Ustream. Clearly, they embrace the fact that a lot of their fame was produced by online listener loyalty. I believe the intro track, “What You’re Thinking”, was a poor choice to kick off the album. This song, along with “Stop Stop”, “Issues”, and one or two others is relatively boring and disengaging. I noticed the vocalist tends to come off flat and monotone in the aforementioned tracks, which fails to generate any real interest for the listener. However, this wasn’t true for all of them. The second song, “Poster Boys”, immediately made me reminiscent of the band Marvelous 3, who used to constantly be in my compact disc player when I was a pre – teen. If you are like most people who have never heard of that band, I can also relate Transmit Now to Metro Station, Boys Like Girls, and even a little Coheed and Cambria. I enjoyed the song, as well as “She Likes It” and “Let’s Go Out Tonight”, a song that may sound familiar as it has been played on some award shows in the past. “Pick Up the Phone” has an electropop sound that really reminded me of Metro Station. It is a solid, catchy track that I could easily see receiving radio play in the near future. Finally, Transmit Now ended the album strong with “Fast Ride” which is probably my favorite song out of the bunch.

Overall, I don’t hate Downtown Merry-Go-Round, but I don’t love it either. The album kept me interested, but it’s nothing I haven’t heard before. I would definitely prefer a little more consistency in the vocals, as well as more complexity on the tracks. That being said, the band seems perfectly tailored for the current pop culture audience, so expect to be hearing Transmit Now on your local hit radio station in the near future.

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Comments
Pulp Free
52,190 Posts
35/M/PA
I need to send you one of these big boxes of stuff. You have quickly become one of my favorite reviewers.
vanilla gorilla
213,232 Posts
38/M/PA
send her everything that looks horrible
Pulp Free
52,190 Posts
35/M/PA
so I should just send her everything then
vanilla gorilla
213,232 Posts
38/M/PA
the whole lot

i have more, also
8===D
5,619 Posts
35/M/PA
Jess, you are an excellent reviewer.

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