Common Existence

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February 11, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST

This New Jersey band deserves props for surviving its stint with a major label that never quite knew how to handle their brainy post-hardcore jams. But throughout Thursday’s return to indieland, singer Geoff Rickly and his mates threaten to overdose on their newfound freedom: Common Existence is long on complicated instrumental textures and twisty-turny song structures yet woefully short on the fist-pumping melodies that keep this kind of stuff from sounding like musical math. As a result, tracks such as ”Last Call” and ”Subway Funeral” are easier to admire than to enjoy. B?

Download This: Listen to the song ”Friends in the Armed Forces” on the band’s MySpace

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