Cute Is What We Aim For may not be what’s wrong with the music scene, but that doesn’t put them in the right. While digging about in an effort to discover more about the band’s history I kept reading the same sentiments: They’re always the center of some Drama. Say you like them or you’re not cool with the secret “in” gang at school. Myspace made them famous. Blah blah blah. After reading the lyrics from the CD booklet and seeing a picture of the band, I was able to guess their sound with chilling accuracy.
It shouldn’t be surprising that this band has some largely average, juvenile lyrics. The album title pretty accurately sets the stage for the experience in store for you as the listener. The performance side of Cute is their strongest point, as they’ve got enough instrumental talent and production quality to pull off a respectable diet punk/pop sound. I’m not too crazy about Shaant’s slightly nasal, medium/high pitched voice, but in that age and musical demographic, how many male singers don’t sound like a young “Weird” Al Yankovic?
If you check this out on Myspace and love it, great for you. If you don’t, why bother with them? Don’t get suckered into an album purchase because of some weird from of quasi-emo kid peer pressure that’s going around your high school. These guys are alright for their scene, but I wouldn’t consider The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch a keeper.