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Copyrights and Brokedowns release split 7"

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No Idea Records has a decidedly Midwestern flair on this split release between Carbondale, IL's The Copyrights and Elgin's The Brokedowns. The bands compliment one another's sounds, with similar influences but different styles as musicians and songwriters.

The Copyrights start things off with a pop-heavy style, hitting the accelerator immediately on the group vocal "I'd Rather Die or Something". It borrows the Off With Their Heads/Dear Landlord method of taking downer lyrics and countering them with upbeat, fun power chords. As the band repeats, "I'd rather die than be alone," it creates an anthemic, easily relatable quality. The spacey wall of sound effects in "Get Got" gives it a slight Atom and His Package feel, nicely separating it from the pack of similar-sounding bands without compromising the energy which, again, relies mostly on everybody singing together. Each of their songs clocks in at 1:59, which is indicative of the formula. It's the type of music that sounds familiar on first listen, but grows affinity with each listen.

If the noisy "Get Got" seemed experimental for this kind of music, the Brokedowns take it to a whole new level on "A People's History of the Ironic Haircut." The song starts off like your traditional verse-chorus-verse--and it is, but the bridges contain synchronized guitar work and a chorus ripped straight out of Hair: The Musical. Maybe that should come as a surprise, given that they named one of their releases These Colors Don't Run: The Musical. The song stagnates during the parodied chorus, but it recovers with an aggressive burst at the conclusion. It's followed by "Friendship? Again?," a more traditional gruff punk that shows a Dillinger Four-influence that the band has mastered, with bassist Jon Balun's determined, angry shouting.

The record comes with a download code for those digital types out there.