Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Arrivals - Marvels of Industry

Marvels of Industry is the third full-length by Chicago's The Arrivals. I'd describe it as melodic yet gritty pop punk, but singer/guitarist Isaac Thotz doesn't like the pop punk tag. In an interview, he said: “I don’t know if I’d call us pop punk. We’re pop punk like Chicago pop punk, like Naked Raygun and Pegboy. I think we fit in that kind of vein. We’re that middle-school, ’80s Chicago pop punk, but not pop punk after Green Day." They definitely have more in common with Raygun/Pegboy than Green Day, but the band they remind me of the most is Dillinger Four (which makes even more sense when you know that Paddy from the D4 is in the band now).

Even though the songs on Marvels of Industry are catchy, no one tune stood out the first time through. It's the kind of album that grows on you the more you listen to it. No weak songs, so it's not easy to pick which to share. Check out the YouTube clip of the band playing "I'm Sorry For Saying Sorry" and an mp3 of "Open Faced" below:

Marvels of Industry is available from Recess Records. The band's first two records were released by Thick Records.

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