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Review: No Chocolate Before Dinner – No Chocolate Before Dinner EP

1 July 2013

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Artist: No Chocolate Before Dinner
Album: No Chocolate Before Dinner EP
Year: 2013
Genre: Pop-punk
Label: Independent

I always get nervous when bands don’t seem to take themselves too seriously. Don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome to take yourselves lightly, but all too often bands that aren’t serious about themselves, don’t take their music seriously enough. This is where No Chocolate Before Dinner (NCBD) differs.

NCBD has been making small waves within the local scene for the past few months; but with this debut EP of theirs and their upcoming Oppikoppi performance, I expect these waves to grow in intensity.

Admittedly, I didn’t expect much from this release (due to the lack of seriousness of the band across social platforms); however, I was quite taken aback when I hit play on the 5 track EP.

The EP opens with some strange form of a public service announcement; informing you that you are indeed listening to NCBD. From there, the album descends into pure pop-punk-move-your-body-and-dance-extravaganza-music.

With vocals that are reminiscent of a Fall Out Boy and A Day To Remember lovechild; the album flows seamlessly with a perfect blend of “chunky” guitars, intense drumming and impressive bass-lines. It is sincerely refreshing to have a local band doing something different, and not trying to add to the already oversaturated “metalcore” scene. Lyrically the album is very fun and catchy. After just two plays, the choruses on the album are rattling around in my head and I don’t see them leaving my mind for the foreseeable future.

The EP has been released for free via NCBD’s bandcamp page (and for once the download comes with an album liner, and a video from the band thanking you for taking the time to download their music).

This release excites me for a multitude of reasons; the most important ones being that:
A) We have an original local band joining the ranks.
B) There is a new local band to keep our eyes on.

If you haven’t already checked this band out; get off your couch and go download their EP, then prepare to dance.

Best tracks: “Throwing Bottles At The Stars”, & “Pretty Punches Hurt The Most”.

                          Artist: No Chocolate Before Dinner Album: No Chocolate Before Dinner EP Year: 2013 Genre: Pop-punk Label: Independent I always get nervous when bands don’t seem to take themselves too seriously. Don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome to take yourselves lightly, but all too often bands that aren’t serious about themselves, don’t take their music seriously enough. This is where No Chocolate Before Dinner (NCBD) differs. NCBD has been making small waves within the local scene for the past few months; but with this debut EP of theirs and their upcoming Oppikoppi performance, I expect these waves to grow in intensity. Admittedly, I didn’t expect much from this release (due to the lack of seriousness of the band across social platforms); however, I was quite taken aback when I hit play on the 5 track EP. The EP opens with some strange form of a public service announcement; informing you that you are indeed listening to NCBD. From there, the album descends into pure pop-punk-move-your-body-and-dance-extravaganza-music. With vocals that are reminiscent of a Fall Out Boy and A Day To Remember lovechild; the album flows seamlessly with a perfect blend of “chunky” guitars, intense drumming and impressive bass-lines. It is sincerely refreshing to have a local band doing something different, and not trying to add to the already oversaturated “metalcore” scene. Lyrically the album is very fun and catchy. After just two plays, the choruses on the album are rattling around in my head and I don’t see them leaving my mind for the foreseeable future. The EP has been released for free via NCBD’s bandcamp page (and for once the download comes with an album liner, and a video from the band thanking you for taking the time to download their music). This release excites me for a multitude of reasons; the most important ones being that: A) We have an original local band joining the ranks. B) There is a new local band to keep our eyes on. If you haven’t already checked this band out; get off your couch and go download their EP, then prepare to dance. Best tracks: “Throwing Bottles At The Stars”, & “Pretty Punches Hurt The Most”.

No Chocolate Before Dinner - EP

Songwriting - 80%
Originality - 85%
Flow - 90%
Lyrics - 70%
Production - 75%

80%

Excellent!

With vocals that are reminiscent of a Fall Out Boy and A Day To Remember lovechild; the album flows seamlessly.

User Rating: 4.62 ( 7 votes)
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Wayde Flowerday

Wayde is a student at the University of Witwatersrand, doing his Masters in Economic Science. When not hitting the books he can be found at live shows; drinking energy drinks and being a potential liability. Find him at @WTF__FTW

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  • Larissa

    Aside from the fact that these guys are all incredible people, their live performance is what really stands out for me. Such a treat to see them play, every time!

    Really looking forward to a full-length album.

  • Ferris Beuller

    No Chocolate Before bunking school!!!

    Love this band!! They’ve played a few shows with OneDaySky and Fuzigish!!
    Such rad music, reminds me of a mixture of Four Year Strong and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! minus the screaming!!!!!!

    Pop chunk’n punk rock!!!!!!