Sunday, September 6, 2009

For Sale By Owner

Blink fans, I got shivers all up and down my freakin' spine today. I heard a group that sounds like old-school Blink-182. Now I love Enema of the State and Take Off Your Pants and Jacket just as much as the next person, but I'm also a fan of their older stuff, Dude Ranch and Cheshire Cat. For Sale By Owner seems to have taken a page right out of the Blink-182 handbook and run with it all the way. It's punked up pop-punk with a sneer; what made us all love Blink in the first place. Made up of Mike Ivens (guitar and vocals), John McAliney (bass and vocals), and Jaime Ott (drums), FSBO even has the same Blink three-piece mentality. Their songs are stripped down, straight-laced, no-bullshit pop-punk rock.
Ivens' guitar licks on all the songs, but in particular "Action Emily," "Long Story Short (She Wasn't for Me)" and "In All Due Respect" even resembles that of Tom DeLonge's in Blink's older songs like "M+M's" and "Josie." McAliney's bass sounds almost exactly like Mark Hoppus's, and although Ott is no Travis Barker, his drumming works out brilliantly for the trio. Not to mention Ivens' and McAliney's shared vocal responsibilities. The duality of such different, yet punkish voices just screams Blink-182 influenced. No, I don't know if they are or not. All I know is that if you like Blink, or anyone like them, you'll love this band. Give them a chance, they grow on you real quick. 

Sounds Like: Blink-182, (+44), Sum 41

Key Tracks from Real Fashion for Real Girls: "Action Emily," "Long Story Short (She Wasn't for Me)," "In All Due Respect," "Hopeless Disorder"

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