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Minutes Too Far/Bristol Park

Half of a guy, his head is....INVISIBLE!

Aging in Oklahoma Split EP

This split (humorously titled Aging in Oklahoma) has two pop-punk bands on it: Minutes Too Far and Bristol Park. Despite being in the same genre, they are easily discernable from each other, as Minutes Too Far has a much slicker production style, which leads to a radio-friendly, sing-along style reminescent of FM Static. Bristol Park plays pop-punk with an artistic bent; they throw a techno breakdown in "Get Out", as well as a piano elegy on the end of "Anah". Bristol Park's raw energy draws comparisons to Brand New while they were in the Your Favorite Weapon era.


Minutes Too Far features three very enjoyable songs, but unfortunately there's nothing too innovative in them. They're a tight band instrumentally, as nothing is off at all; they're just not as creative as Bristol Park turns out to be. "There's No I in New Jersey" is MTF's best offering, as mildly gritty guitars bounce around in a frenetic style. The chorus is excellent, as it features some well-placed back-up vocals and a great melody.

Best Element: The techno breakdown in Bristol Park's "Get Out".

Genre: Pop-punk

Label: Radioboy Records

Website: www.minutestoofar.com, www.bristolparkmusic.com

Bristol Park's three songs are immediately endearing; you hear them once, and you want to hear them again. "Alleyways" features hyperkinetic vocals and the haunting line "So, you're leaving?" as its main hooks, and they hook you very well. "Get Out" is their best offering here, as it has the aforementioned techno breakdown and some very cool guitar work. "Anah" is a song that delights in off beats and tempo changes; it keeps the listener permanently on edge, and it's extremely interesting.


Although Minutes Too Far's conservative style is well-written and well-played, Bristol Park's innovative take on pop-punk is surprising and much more pleasing.