The Best Albums of 2011: #10

Rival Schools: Pedals

If, like me, you’re a sucker for old-school 90s alt-rock, Pedals is the album for you. Though they’ve been described as “post-hardcore,” this description is a bit misleading. Most of the music on Pedals is upbeat, and centered around a mix of bright shimmery guitars, heavy riffs, and melodic vocal lines.  In fact, these guys sound more California, then they do NYC (home base); more Switchfoot than Interpol. At times the songs tend to blend into one another, but several bright spots (“A Parts for B Actors,” “The Ghost is Out There”) make Pedals worthy of repeated listening.

Select Cuts: A Parts for B Actors, The Ghost is Out There, 69 Guns

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