Monday, August 14, 2006

Eastern Conference Champions - The Southampton Collection: MAGNET Apr/May 2006

Hail to the latest thieves of Radiohead's sound: Eastern Conference Champions, a Bucks County, Pa., trio formed by ex-members of Laguardia. But warming Radiohead's bench won't make you a fan favorite. (Just ask Paloalto.) Luckily, ECC's five-song EP hits its share of clutch shots. On the brooding, pounding, synth-laced "Nice Clean Shirt," guitarist/keyboardist Josh Ostrander yelps, "Welcome to the middle/Nothing's good and nothing works/And the kids won't respond to any words/And luck is hard to find." Keep your heads up, Champions. Even the junior-varsity team has its moments.

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