With only five songs kicked off by the infectious title track, it's a feel-good record that should score points among fans of the old-school (NEW FOUND GLORY, ALLISTER), or those that dig newer fare like THE MAINE. That said, it sounds a little too familiar at times, in that you feel as if you've heard it a thousand times before. Power chords... girls... heartbreak. Good songs, but there's not a lot to set ROCKY LOVES EMILY apart from their peers.
ROCKY LOVES EMILY - AMERICAN DREAM EP (Review)Written by James Zahn
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One of the most sugary rock releases to cross my desk this year, the AMERICAN DREAM EP from Michigan's ROCKY LOVES EMILY (out this week via Tooth & Nail digitally with HOT TOPIC handling physical discs exclusively) is a throwback to the pop-punk of the early Warped Tour-era.
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