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Destine - Lightspeed

Amy Bangs
Amy Bangs 7 December 2010 at 14.00

Destine - Lightspeed Cover

Rock songs to pop-punk brilliance

Having been open about their American musical influences in the press, it isn’t surprising to hear elements of Paramore, Jimmy Eat World and Saves The Day in Destine’s long-awaited debut album. What’s good about ‘Lightspeed’ is that it’s not a carbon copy of the Netherlands quintet’s inspirations; they take what makes those bands great – a guitar hook, a well-executed vocal harmony, a killer chorus, a strategically placed ‘whoa-oh’ – and know exactly where to put them to make their rock songs into pop-punk brilliance (their pop sensibilities go a little over the edge in their inclusion of ‘Down’, a Lil Wayne cover, though). The production certainly works in their favour – it’s polished, but not so much that everything’s monotonously mixed to the same volume. However, it’s so slick at times that, while certainly paying tribute to their idols, it’s almost like they’ve jumped in with a ‘Bleed American’ or ‘Brand New Eyes’ – as though the listener hasn’t been able to hear them grow and develop in their four-year career. The upside of this, of course, is that we’ll only be able to see them outdo themselves in years to come – presumably to even greater heights.

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