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The Lovekill 

These Moments Are Momentum (Astro Magnetics)

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These Moments are Momentum feels like a boot to the ass of stagnant post-hardcore. Helmed by rock critics Jonah Bayer and Chris Rager, the Lovekill comes out swinging: Rager's strident vocals lead the charge like a snottier version of Fugazi's Guy Picciotto, while the sinewy guitar attack follows with a discordant counterpunch. Comparisons to Fugazi essentially end there, however, as bassist Carla Cherry and drummer Craig Ramsey propel the tunes with a feverish fury that outpaces anything those post-core vets have done.

If the group has a weak spot, it's in occasional melodic dalliances. In the title cut and "Ride on Miner," guitar leads pop up that are so thin, they come across as hasty and ill-advised concessions to contemporary pop-punk sensibility. And while Rager's unruly vocals are generally a good fit for the band's style, listening to him (unsuccessfully) flirt with harmony in the choruses can try anyone's patience.

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