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The Transfer - Romantics and Addicts Review
by Paul Gunnels

Traveling around the state of Michigan, self-promoting their music for the past couple of years, The Transfer has laid it all out on the line. The Transfer was given an opportunity to record and produce Romantics and Addicts on Conquer the World Records in the Fall of 2003. Becoming one of the first bands to use podcoasting to fully promote their album, The Transfer was quickly added to over thirty stations including adding three songs to XM radio.

With screamo now making the mainstream with bands like, my personal favorite, Hawthorne Heights, The Transfer is still conquering the Indie scene with their first full-length album entitled Romantics and Addicts. Let me just lay it out there right now: This album is kick ass. This band/CD is a perfect example of why I became a staff writer for antiMUSIC; to discover great bands that are not mainstream and The Transfer is exactly that. Lyrically the words just speak to you. The words are not over complex yet they are not clichι; they are just down to earth and easy to relate to. One of my favorite lines is found in the song “Suffering” and it simply goes "so shut your face and I'll be everything you need". I don't know how many times I have used "shut your face" before and I think it is great that Steve, the vocalist, said it.

The CD is very consistent; there are no songs you will find yourself skipping. The CD is a short 10 songs but it spans over 40 minutes; just enough to give you a taste of this band and the potential they have. Don't be fooled by the screamo title; this is not "just another one of those bands". The Transfer contains all the elements to be a huge success.

You can check this band out on myspace, bandspace, and purevolume for sound clips from Romantics and Addicts. Personally, I was hooked after just hearing one song so I think you will be too. For those who like screamo, emoCore, etc and are fans of such bands as Hawthorne Heights, The Used, Thursday and others of that genre, I highly suggest this band. If you are from the Detroit, Michigan area I would also recommend seeing these guys live; I know I will be keeping my eyes peeled in my area for them coming through town. If you get a copy of the CD, whether it is at a show or through their website, some of my personal favorite songs are “Down With Everything”, “Suffering,” and “Perfect Day To Die”; even though I can easily sit and listen to the whole CD straight though. I give this band and this CD 5/5 stars without hesitation.

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