A band that’s just a year or so old - formed early in 2002 - and has wasted
little time in getting this seven track EP\Mini-album together. The Uxbridge based
five-piece recorded "If You Take Anything" with producer John Hannon
(Hundred Reasons, Kids Near Water) and have
released it on In At The Deep End Records, so there’s already plenty
of credibility to be found.
Drawing influences from many respected bands in or around the UK scene, the Hitechjet sound is a brash mix of pop punk, hard indie and angst-filled rock. The songs are largely mid to high pace rocking tunes with the exception of the more laidback attitude of “Slowdown” and slightly wincing ballad “Remain & Remind”. There are occasional glimpses of The Clash during “The Score”, The Wildhearts, Hundred Reasons and Therapy throughout “All This Time” and “Fed By Infrared” and with “Check Each Side” your thoughts conjure with Avail and Steel Rules Die.
It’s a competent collection of unadorned songs that concentrates on brassy rock n roll angst, but also juggles with rough edged harmonies that smash themselves around the melody. Despite the vocals falling a bit flat now and again and with tunes that won’t ignite everybody’s inspiration, this EP should still hit the right spot in most cases. 5/10.
Rigsby (3rd August, 2003)