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Common Existence This New Jersey band deserves props for surviving its stint with a major label that never quite knew how to handle their brainy post-hardcore jams. But...Common ExistenceRock This New Jersey band deserves props for surviving its stint with a major label that never quite knew how to handle their brainy post-hardcore jams. But...2009-02-11
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Common Existence

Genre: Rock; Status: In Season

This New Jersey band deserves props for surviving its stint with a major label that never quite knew how to handle their brainy post-hardcore jams. But throughout Thursday’s return to indieland, singer Geoff Rickly and his mates threaten to overdose on their newfound freedom: Common Existence is long on complicated instrumental textures and twisty-turny song structures yet woefully short on the fist-pumping melodies that keep this kind of stuff from sounding like musical math. As a result, tracks such as ”Last Call” and ”Subway Funeral” are easier to admire than to enjoy. B?

Download This: Listen to the song ''Friends in the Armed Forces'' on the band’s MySpace

Originally posted February 11 2009 — 12:00 AM EST

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