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Classic Album Review: Deviates | Time is the Distance

The Hermosa Beach newcomers must tired of being compared to Offspring.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


These Hermosa Beach, Calif., newcomers probably get sick and tired of being compared to Offspring.

But on their second album, Time Is The Distance, there’s just no getting around it — between singer Brian Barbara’s upper-register yelp, the twang-crunch guitar licks and the two-step popcore tunes, it’s hard to keep ’em separated. One clear difference: Lyrical content. Where Dexter Holland tends to toss off cartoon-punk comedy, Barbara prefers to take a more serious approach, crafting verses and choruses that pack messages almost as heavy as The Deviates’ driving beats. Give these boys a little more time and they’ll really go the distance.