Being overtly derivative is not without its dangers. Mimicking a sound can make it difficult for a band to take the same kind of risks that their heroes might have taken. Like when the Cure broke the rules with a smooth sax-solo in "A Night Like This," or when shadow-players Joy Division surprised with the vibrantly melodic "Love Will Tear Us Apart." But hey, traditional, regular rock bands (those fed on the Stones or Led Zeppelin) get the same scrutiny.

A little discourse about playing genre music is fair. But it's also fair that musicians like Bartell and Murillo shouldn't be pressured to break the mold when their band is showing such young promise at getting it right.

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