"Better Than Knowing Where You Are" (Victory Records; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

On "Better Than Knowing Where You Are," there's a lot of 80s rock Spitalfield doesn't bother to hide, as well as alt-rock radio transplanting and good old middle America Indie rock portions, too. 

Not as sugary sweet as Hawthorne Heights (yet getting close at times), Spitalfield produces just enough syrup to adorn tracks like "The Only Thing That Matters." Revealing rugged twin guitars and a unspectacular but solid vocal performance throughout, "...Listen" and "Lasting First Impression" seamlessly joins Foo Fighter-esque crescendos with Jimmy Eat World-like melodies, as this group's third CD still manages to grab your attention with those damn hooky choruses gracing tracks like "Tell Me, Clarice" and the fist-pumping pop punk title track. 

Other bands from this Chicago quartet's peer group have gone on to accomplish great things, and this 12-track disc is Spitalfield's permit to enter that realm. 

For more information, check out http://www.spitalfield.net

Spitalfield: Mark Rose, Jose Romero, TJ Milici and Jeff Meilander. 

"Stop Doing Bad Things" (Victory Records; 2005)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

The emo banner is still flying, and Chicago’s Spitalfield now finds itself at the head of the class with this, their sophomore effort, "Stop Doing Bad Things." The 11-track sojourn comes after over two years on the road for the quartet, and it displays the outfit’s new found maturity, as tracks like “The Future is Now” and “Texa$ with a Dollar Sign” rock out first with the shades of sensitivity lagging only slightly behind. 

The problem with this disc is that "Stop Doing Bad Things" is pretty interchangeable with a lot of what’s impacting rock radio and college campuses these days - a kind of amalgamation of Jimmy Eats World and Taking Back Sunday with dashes of Fall Out Boy. 

Nevertheless, this release contains the sound the industry is shoving down the public’s throats, and might just thrust Spitalfield to the next level.

For more information, check out http://www.spitalfield.net

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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