I caught this New Jersey four-piece live in the act when they were opening for Braid and Jejune in 1999 (or was it 2000?). In fact, I still have my Jejune t-shirt from that gig, but I digress. Let's see, what can I tell you about Situation at 1200? The De-Luxe ep may have been their only formal release, though I also have a demo tape, and mp3s of even more demos and such. This is one band that was not likely to have shied away from the emo tag, and in fact they probably quite embraced it. Scott Shields' strained vocal maneuvers could strike maudlin heights, but his (sometimes) achingly apparent tone-deafness was compensated by sheer enthusiasm and earnestness. A little wet behind the ears for sure, but that's what added oodles to the charm and persuasion of Situation at 1200.
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The Lords Of The New Church "Is Nothing Sacred?" 1983 + "Dance With Me" 1983 - 7"/45rpm + "Live For Today" 1983 - 7"/45rpm - The Lords of the New Church continue to embrace rock's classic dangerous, vaguely satanic side and it's this shadow which looms largely over their second ...
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