Medications

CompletelyRemoved

BY Vish KhannaPublished May 25, 2010

Though steeped in timeless experimental pop music, there's a free punk spirit to CompletelyRemoved that has the potential to spread Medications beyond their cult following. Devin Ocampo and Chad Molter bring nearly two decades of music-making to Medications, and with it a host of influences, which they absorb to create a bold, worldly sound all their own. There's nothing tepid or played out here ― songs stomp forth with infectiously snaky guitar lines and bouncy drums underscored by impassioned vocals that mostly soar. It's next to impossible to resist "For WMF" and "Seasons" once they enter the airspace around you, as these are the kinds of songs that get atoms bounding about. There's also refreshingly restrained grit within "We Could be Others," which slides pretty cleanly from beginning to end. It's clearer and more mature than something like, say, the Promise Ring's Nothing Feels Good, but CompletelyRemoved is a similarly spirited and catchy affair by DC's Medications.
(Dischord)

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