Best is when Roy sticks to his bread and butter: Biting wit delivered in that dismissive, caustic tone he's honed so well, infusing his delivery equally with charisma and spite. "Water Your Heart" sees him turn it back on himself: "You're not the boy I knew/Something has changed inside you." "Burn All of My Clothes" is a plea for a second chance: "You make me feel like no one that I used to know."

There's more opportunity for screamo fills here they don't quite take advantage of, but maybe that will come next record. They're still feeling their way, "as though I'm stuck in a cliché." In this po-mo world, has it become cliché to notice when you're trapped in one? Is it too cliché to compare the music industry to prostitution?

No way. That's just mining truism. Listeners don't care about the business. They just care about what they like and what they don't. The fans who built this record with their Kickstarter backing? They ought to like it just fine.

Sparks the Rescue | Released by Sparks the Rescue | with Beware of Pedestrians + Amy Allen + Derek Wilkinson | at Asylum, in Portland | Sept 15 |  sparkstherescue.com

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