Make a clean break with Borderlines

Leftover Magic
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 3, 2012

beat1_borderlines_main

Should you have been wondering what became of the non-Kurt Baker Leftovers, wonder no longer: guitarists Andrew Rice and Matt Anderson, along with drummer Adam Woronoff, teamed with the Jetty Boys' Eric Mahnke on bass to create a back-to-basics project called Borderlines. It's young, raw, straight-ahead, radio-friendly pop-punk with plenty of full-throttle sing-along choruses and a frantic pace.

On their debut EP, Magical Paths to Fortune and Power, you can hear the energy and mania of their former outfit, but the day-glo irony of the Leftovers has been replaced with something more tinged with heartache and betrayal. The feedback to open "Over Extended" is signal one that the gloss has worn off and a grit rubbed in its place, with a partner in the heavy rock of the bridge. "Spotlight" is sneering: "I don't wanna see your every move/Unless you're walking out of the room," sings Rice.

Woronoff's drums come at you like repeated slaps about the head and neck, darting out like jabs and then laying in hard on the speedbag. The wild abandon on his fills gets at the best of the early-punk feeling that everything is riding right on the edge of total disaster and the whole thing could wind up in a pile on the floor.

The best track, "Admission Price," even has a PiL vibe to it, with a vocal in the bridge where you can just about hear his tongue lolling to the side, a barbed hook in the first half of the chorus ("And what you're asking for/Really isn't worth the price"), and a guitar solo full of five-note riffs that drop off a cliff.

With Woronoff on the West Coast (and playing with the Queers), Borderlines might only be a once-in-a-while kind of thing, but that fits this first record. Every once in a while you'll just flip over to this for a bit and be pretty happy that you did.

MAGICAL PATHS TO FORTUNE AND POWER | Released by Borderlines | on Insubordination Records | with Off with Their Heads + Steiner Street | at Geno's, in Portland | Oct 10 | facebook.com/borderlinesmusic

  Topics: CD Reviews , Adam Woronoff
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY SAM PFEIFLE
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   ONCE, TWICE...SOLD!  |  October 01, 2014
    Imagine if bands could only ever play their own songs. What a drag. It would sure as hell make it harder to hook up at a wedding.  
  •   SPOSE DEEPLY OFFENDED BY MAINE GOP'S SUGGESTION OF DEPRAVITY  |  October 01, 2014
    In a press release last Friday, the Maine GOP makes the suggestion that a Spose lyric contained in a Knack Factory video “suggests Senator Collins performs graphic sexual acts.” Nothing could be further from the truth.  
  •   JASON'S CHEMICAL ROMANCE  |  September 19, 2014
    The mind can wander here. It’s good for lawnmowing or woodstacking or, maybe later in the year, shoveling the driveway. Just like it’s a fit for drinking and carousing with friends and maybe shaking your ass a little bit later in the night.
  •   CRUEL INTENTIONS  |  September 12, 2014
    Portland music scene release dates for the fall.
  •   MIND OVER MIND  |  September 04, 2014
    As a string band, Dark Hollow Bottling Company were an awfully good rock band. Much of that spirit continues in Dark Hollow singer Greg Klein’s new project, GK and the Right of Way.

 See all articles by: SAM PFEIFLE