Endochine

Day Two (n / a)

Texas Platters

Endochine

Day Two On its self-released full-length debut, Endochine balances the competing demands of appealing to new ears while distinguishing themselves from the herd of melodic hard rockers. The local fivepiece obviously shares sound and vision with extant and/or established bands, but with strong songwriting, hints of inspiration, and production assistance via Swede-cum-Austinite Lars Gorranson, the band's grand scheme has been successfully captured. Opener "Enough About You" reveals its fair share of Lennon-McCartney, followed with the orchestrated tour de force of "Secret." Continuing the impetus, Gorranson sprinkles headphone candy on the strongest of these 11 cuts, "A New Beginning." Unfortunately, Day Two has its failings, too. "Key to My Heart" delivers on the title's clichéd promise, while "Breadline" and "Stalker" illustrate a tendency toward the generic. Keep the rockers, but add more cuts like the acoustic grace of the too short "Ennui (Except)." Day Two demonstrates that Endochine has the goods to make it. Big.

**.5

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