SIDEKICKS "Awkward Breeds"


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On BLACK or GOLD vinyl! The Sidekicks 3rd full-length proves that this Ohio four-piece just keeps getting better. Guitar riffs that'll split yer skull only to lodge in melodies that'll be stuck there forever. Yeah, it's VERY good. Here's a nice review from Alternative Press: Cleveland'€™s Sidekicks have been one of Midwestern punk'€™s best-kept secrets for the past half-decade, but all that should change with the release of Awkward Breeds. The quartet have dropped any remaining gruff pop-punk influence and instead have embraced their amped-up Americana sound, which falls somewhere between the Gaslight Anthem (The 9th Piece€) and David Bazan (€œBaby, Baby€). Truly beautiful falsetto vocals from frontman Steve Ciolek and pitch-perfect harmonies from guitarist/vocalist Matt Scheuermann are welcome accents to these songs; each element contributes a sense of melancholy and wistfulness that many established bands struggle to include. The Sidekicks really succeed, though, when they play with dynamics and slow the tempos down; The Whale And Jonah,€ with its deliberate pacing and expert crescendos, is one of the most well-written rock songs we’ve heard in years.  - Scott Heisel