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Spanspek Album Review: Meet Me In Montauk - Dork Soul

Good morning folks! Today I write to you from home because everyone is sick! It's no fun. Send provisions to Spanspek Headquarters stat!

So while everyone recovers lets talk a bit about the sophomore effort from Fresno emo band MEET ME IN MONTAUK!
Meet Me In Montauk
Dork Soul

I feel like within certain circles, Meet Me In Montauk is the biggest band operating in the Valley to date. And there's good reason for that. The bands shouted anthems, replete with byzantine detail and overflowing with emotion, speak directly to those tumultuous first years of early adulthood. The "youngins" know a good thing when they see one.

And make no mistake, the follow up to 2015's where the grass meets the pavement is more of a good thing. The songs continue to be ornate, but never turn into long ass slogs. "Torcher Myself" begins sadly, picked electric guitars underlying fervent vocals, only to suddenly transform into bouncy pop, and back again. It's intense, but the complexity rewards multiple listens.  Each run through the album reveals new nuggets of rock goodness to delight in.

MMIM also manages inject some straightforward bangers into the mix, as in the infinitely catchy "Fuck You Song".  With the repeated line "I don't care if you didn't text, fuck you," the song is the perfect ode to love in the modern age. "Party Pressure" is classic emo, with angry retorts and pleas stuffed into a searing three minutes.

Dork Soul is an ambitious album from start to finish.  It shows that Meet Me In Montauk possesses considerable powers as well as a willingness to experiment, even as they grow in popularity. In conclusion it's super tight y'all.
For more info on Meet Me In Montauk, visit the following sites:

And also, they'll be having a Dork Soul album release house show TONITE! So that's pretty cool.
Three blogs this week man! That will never happen again! See you next time!


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