for Today - Falling
you ever had that dream before where you were in a room where
the band members from NOFX were sitting in one corner and
the vocalist from Less Than Jake was sitting in the other?
Well, I haven't either. But if you did, you'd find the band,
Just For Today sitting in the middle.
good to hear what the smaller punk acts from Southern California
are playing because it's usually a foreshadow of what is about
to come from the better-known acts in the near future. From
Just For Today, we hear a different twist on what is going
on in the SoCal underground. Their strongest point seems to
be in picking out the best elements of other acts and blending
them into an energetic, cohesive trio.
get me wrong here. I'm not saying they aren't capable of writing
original music that keeps people moving. In fact, the album
shines most on these tracks. "Just Because" puts together
a seamless track of some of the better melodic punk I've heard
in a while. "Falling" easily slides into the same category.
"L.I.N.U.S." has Blink-esque guitars combined with pondering
lyrics to form another admirable track.
the other elements of the album suffer from two problems.
First, it would not be a stretch to say that I've heard some
of the tracks before, except the album was a big red condom
and the album cover said "NOFX, Ribbed." A combination
of lyrical style, backing vocals and the "stop-go" style of
guitars lends the resemblance on "Me, Myself and I," "Conditioned,"
"Not Mine," and "Dude." Although the songs could get any crowd
moving, there leaves something to be desired for in terms
of originality. Second, the most insightful lyrics can be
found in the second half of the album. Unfortunately, the
tight-knit music of the first-half found a lapse of concentration
in the second half.
by Just For Today shows a lot of promise as a marker of things
to come in incredible melodic punk. The key for this band
to move forward is to combine their excellent music writing
(NOFX-esque or not) with the lyrics of the second half of
2.5 out of