You’re Under Arrest rocks. Coming from Boston, and playing hardcore tinged punk rock, you can very well guess that this band plays as if each song is the last thing they’ll ever perform. The fact that they’re a ‘co-ed’ rock band makes the whole thing even cooler.
I first became aware of them at the Midnight Creeps show at Firehouse 13, back in the 9th of August. Seeing how much dedication they put into their live show prompted me to want to write about them.
The band is a five piece with a twist. In addition to the old school hardcore lineup of one guitar, bass, drums, and vocals, there is a second vocalist, named Amanda. Though she isn’t present on every track, the presence of a female vocalist in the mix rounds out the proceedings nicely. Aside from Amanda, the rest of the group is comprised of Jaye, on vocals, John, on bass, Damien, on drums, and Mike, on guitar.
There seems to be a trend in the underground scene in general. I noticed this to a degree with White Devils, though they’re a completely different musical animal. This is a tendency to mix influences from every aspect of whatever genre the band is working in. In other words, this band utilizes the entire range of possibilities in the ‘punk’ genre, to interesting effect.
Take a song like ‘Shattering’, for instance. To draw a comparison to another Boston band, this tune smacks of Negative FX, or even Cro-Mags, which is still East Coast, even if it’s coming from New York.
‘The Murder Mile’, on the other hand, is more moshy, with tons of palm muting in the riffage. It is also one of the more complex of their songs, even though clocking in at roughly a minute.
‘Hard Times’ is straight up hardcore, simple and to the point. It also contains a lot of aggression, and should get people bouncing around at shows.
‘The Hard Goodbye’ has an anthemic, sing-along quality to it. I found myself singing the chorus while doing housework. I think most guys will take something personal from the lyrics of this one.
Of all the songs featuring Amanda, my personal favorite is ‘Sick To Death’. She exudes a lot of personality on every song she’s featured on, but this one is rendered extra aggressive because of her. She lays into the vocals with force.
In many respects, this bands secret weapon is rhythm. Seeing them live only serves to reinforce that impression. They are really adept at switching tempos on a dime, and, to reiterate, their command of subgenres lends a lot of variety to the songwriting. The sudden hardcore blasts in the middle of songs definitely caught my attention.
If you think you’ll get anything more than an impression of the band from the recordings, guess again. In this instance, as with other bands, there’s a lack of energy in relation to the live show. While this is generally the case, it is very noticeable here. Also, they have a tendency to use the same guitar tone on every song. I am a fan of timbral variation, and think that a little more variety in tone settings would be a great addition. Then again, this is my personal bias, and taking this advice to heart might damage the personality of the band.
In summary, if you like punk rock, and you like to lose your mind at shows, then check out You’re Under Arrest. The energy and dedication they put into the music they make is obvious, and they should be supported by everyone who loves aggro rock. Go see them. You won’t be disappointed.
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