JON CREEDEN & THE FLYING HELLFISH- "Stall" LP
HOSPITAL JOB- "The Believer" LP
A couple of years ago Luke McNeill, drummer and principal songwriter of The Copyrights, found himself living a couple hundred miles away from the rest of his band. Never a guy to suffer a shortage of songs to write or desire to play, he started another band, Hospital Job. The similarities between his two bands are easy to hear on first listen, but repeat listens reveal differences that seem subtle at first, but fairly profound after time. There is an earnestness in Hospital Job to be its own band with its own sound. The Believer is a melody-heavy, power-driven pop punk album that rides the line between the contemporary mid west pop punk sound and indie rock style of decades past. At times it charges full force into your gut with relentless hooks, at others it infects on a more cerebral level with unexpected twists, turns, repeats and breaks. The end result is one hell of a catchy album always worth starting on track one and playing straight through to the end. It's Alive Records.