Catching the attention of my friend and I in mid-2005, Mississippi’s Fox Chase Drive had some rough demos online that to this day remain two of the most played songs on my iPod. I automatically set out trying my best to promote them. They’re my favorite unsigned band. I was stoked when they got their new material done.
Hooking up with Class of 98’s Nick Baumhardt was a great choice, as his own band shows he knows a thing or two about crafting great songs. For being an unsigned self-release, the production here is solid. Everything sounds clean and crisp.
Blaring guitars open “24 to Nothing” and proceed to set the pace before the explosive chorus. A hearty synth line in the chorus is reminiscent of Motion City Soundtrack and The Reunion Show.
A new version of former demo “Close the Door” is much better than its predecessor and should have fans of sold pop/rock drooling for more.
“Promise Me So” closes the disc with enough sugary goodness to give you a cavity or two.
The only drawback to this EP is the super-short track listing. I would’ve enjoyed having the song “So California” re-recorded and tacked on to the end. Actually, I would’ve enjoyed anything else they could cook up. This band will be going places soon enough as some of our brothers-in-media are finally picking up on how good these dudes are. It’s only a matter of time before labels come knocking.
1. 24 to Nothing
2. Close the Door
3. Promise Me So