posted by: Tim de tweede on 18 January 2007
Seriously, what where these guys thinking when they picked a name for their band? Is it that illogical to choose something that a) sounds cool or has a meaning and b) fits the music in one way or another? I am not quite sure what the hell those guys where thinking (or smoking?) when they picked this name. But then again, for one reason or another it sticks in my mind by being non-stereotypical. So maybe thatís the trick they pulled: just give your band such a corny name and everyone will remember it. Thereís no such thing like bad publicity, right? Truth is: this band name is so bad it didnít even make me chuckle for being silly.
Well, thereís something about the title of this record as well. Actually, thereís something about the titles of all the songs on this one. Itís not just that theyíre goofy (and I donít mean goofy in the positive sense of the word). In fact, they are all titles of books in the ĎGoosebumpsí-series (scary stories for kids). Donít ask me how I know this, that is a long story involving trees, horses and nurses, which doesnít quite belong in a review. Itís just that such a gimmick only seems to work for bands that a) wear too much make-up and b) sound like a bad rip-off of Hawthorne Heights.
And The Neon Hookers doesnít fulfil either of those criteria, surprisingly enough. The name and titles seem to promise crappy goth-emo, but instead The Neon Hookers play hardcore. On one hand, they are not quite doing anything new here. But on the other hand: If you wanted to sound like another band, itíd better be some great band like The Suicide File, right? And thatís exactly what they do: play something that fits right up that alley of rocking hardcore. Sure, itís not really as good as The Suicide File was. But it still beats the aforementioned bad rip-offs of Hawthorne Heights, Iíd reckon. I am sure they will evolve their sound graduately over time, so if they manage to keep that solid ground of rock and hardcore, and start combining that with some more original hooks, they could have gold on their hands. But for now The Neon Hookers is just an unoriginal Ė but a bit above average Ė band with a bad name and cheesy song titles.
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