October 09, 2003

The Ios "Laugh About the End"

Wow, talk about a lot of growth in such a little time! This doesn't even sound like the same pop-punky new wavey Ios from earlier this year--instead, they've slowed down things quite a bit, looked inward, and have produced three songs of excellent atmospheric rock. "Calmdown" starts things off with a sad note, and they get sadder with a growing intensity. The next song, "Summer Camp" is breezy yet sad indiepop, with lovely boy-girl vocals. "Maurita's Party" is more of the same, and is equally lovely. I'm getting really, really intrigued and excited by these kids---and I bet next year will be real good for them, too. Keep it up, guys! Hurry up and get that full-length done!

--Joseph Kyle

Label Website: http://www.the-ios.com

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