A BETTER VIEW OF THE RISING MOON
Chicago quintet 1997 is a versatile quintet whose modern approach to pop-punk yields a refreshingly exuberant listen. There's a distinguished quality to this band's music that far surpasses their age and experience level, especiallty regarding the vast instrumentation implemented into the traditional punk paradigm on cuts like "Garden of Evil". Employing a female-male vocal tradeoff and firmly rooted in the emotional side of punk with dashes of down home country, folksy blues, and sullen sap thrown in for good measure, there's bound to be a lot of rest on shoulders at proms everywhere when the opening strains "Grace" emanate from the gym floor speakers. Laden with hooks, beautiful singing, forlorn melodies, and a genuine warm-hearted delivery that helps propel the honesty and innocence, A BETTER VIEW OF THE RISING MOON is ear candy to satisfy anyone that watches American Idol's sweet tooth.