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Van Atta High – Doin’ Something Right

When 4 out of 5 band members are replaced, I think it’s fair to say you’ve got yourself a new band. That’s exactly what happened with Van Atta High and so they no longer sound like a generic screamo band on “Doin’ Something Right”, but rather like a generic poppunk band.

Vocalist Steve Kellner proves he can still scream on the opening track but on “Birthday Girl” he proves equally well that he’s capable of writing a mediocre ‘boy meets girl’ poppunk song and is not afraid to use it. Luckily he redeems himself somewhat with “Shakin’ In My Shoes” which kinda rocks as does the cover of Starland Vocal Band 1976 hit “Afternoon Delight”. The last three tracks show the band’s acoustic prowess or lack thereof and means that Van Atta High’s new release ends on a downer.

Overall “Doin’ Something Right” shows promise in some points. So who knows what will happen on their next release?
Score: 6 out of 10

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