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Queens, NY quintet Endwell puts together a spirited debut that melds an East Coast hardcore aesthetic with a helping of watered down emo rock to service the shopping malls across the land on HOMELAND INSECURITY. Slickly produced and cliche-ridden, tracks like "Single and Loving It" sound just like everything else dominating your high schooler's playlist, yet "Whine and Dine" takes a decisively more genuine approach, complete with gang vocals and fist-pumping verses. Endwell's innocuous version of poppy California punk rock with some hardcore infusions is reminiscent of Blindside at times, Hawthorne Heights at others, and Atreyu as well, which yields a sometimes clunky, yet sometimes passable form of Hot Topic rock for the kids to get off over.
- Mike SOS