Never Be Taken Aliveby Count the Stars
Never Be Taken Alive leans toward the pop sound of emo, though there's plenty of punky grit on this collection. Chris Kasarjian is certainly the focal point of the group, singing lead and writing all of the material, while Adam Manning frequently chips in with harmonies. Kasarjian's vocals are a decent mix of ebullience and aggression with a slight spit. And what is it that sets the band apart from a lot of other twenty-first century pop-punk acts with moderately melodic songs about psychological struggle and reflection as young people find their identity? Not a lot, but Count the Stars do it reasonably well, and in a balanced fashion, sounding neither too pissed off nor too goody-goody to be playing so loudly. While most of the tunes seem grounded in relationship examination, Kasarjian's lyrics are non-specific enough not to be obvious, creating a mood of earnest conflict rather than clear-cut judgements. There's an air of painful wisdom gained through experience in these songs, which does, though, beg the question: where to go after absorbing that experience into your worldview?
- Release Date:
- Victory Records
Performance CreditsCount the Stars Primary Artist
David Cobb Guitar,Background Vocals
David Shapiro Drums,Group Member
E.J. Tobin Background Vocals
Mark Manning Guitar
Chris Kasarjian Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Clarke Foley Bass,Electric Bass,Group Member
Adam Manning Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Dave Shapiro Drums
Guy Strauss Keyboards
Technical CreditsDavid Cobb Producer
Mark Rains Engineer
Patrick Larson Art Direction
Dave Cobb Producer
Guy Strauss Drum Technician
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This cd is amazing! i saw them live in nyc and their performance is exactly how they play on the cd or even better. They are great people and very down to earth. But the cd is awesome. You wont want to stop listening to it. Awesome lyrics,Awesome music. BUY IT!!!!! they are gonna be huge.and ill tell u right now when you here this cd you wont shut up about it. BUy it. This is the best cd ive bought in a long time......Im a huge fan so get it so you know why!
I saw count the stars preform live at the vans warped tour in Detroit and they were my favorite band! All of their songs are awsome and have a great beat. I also got to meet the guys who are are really nice and hot!