One look at the band photo and itâ€™s easy to dismiss the Dallas-based five piece Artist Vs Poet as little more than hoodie-sporting, auto-tune dependent Millennials with influences that donâ€™t go deeper than last yearâ€™s Hot Topic best-sellers. A rash, slightly unfair judgment call, but pretty damn accurate if their 5-song EP is any indication to what the future holds. Sure thereâ€™s nothing flat out offensive about the music, aside from a massive lack of originality.
The guys can play their instruments well enough, but the vocals sound like every other release being put out by Top 40 pop bands parading as power pop or pop punk or whatever the label du jour is this week. The lyrics safely gravitate to being in a band (â€œAll Inâ€) and teenage love (every other song on the CD). Letâ€™s call it music for teens who want to please their parents. Fearless Records, the bandâ€™s label, used to be home to some amazing bands (Sugarcult, Gatsbyâ€™s American Dream, Bigwig, The Outline), but lately it seems like theyâ€™ve lost their way and are just grasping for a new identity. Letâ€™s hope AVP is simply a quirky anomaly rather than the labelâ€™s new playbook.
Top Tracks: Youâ€™re kidding, right?
Rating: 4 out 10
Artist Vs Poet â€“ Artist Vs Poet EP (CD) / Fearless / 2009 / 5 Tracks / http://profile.myspace.com/ArtistVsPoet