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The best kept secret in music


"CD Review"

Rock is so underprivileged these days. All the ‘hip’ bands are pledging allegiance to genres that only use the word rock as an afterthought: dance-rock, post-rock, indie rock. Well, Sophomore is as hip as any band out there, and they play rock. No, I lied- they play balls-out, fist-raising, guitar worshipping, 80’s-watching, all-out kamikaze rock.

[u]Lipstick Fix[/u] EP oozes with attitude from the very beginning of “”Bang! You’re It!”, when it smacks you in the face a bunch of guys yelling in unison to the chorus. The guitars burst out too, and the rock is brought. They pull from the loud drumming and guitar-centric ideals of arena rock in the 80’s for most of their inspiration, and let me tell you: there’s nothing cooler happening in rock right now. Their fusion of current rock ideas (ie screaming for effect, occasional double pedal bass drum, modern vocal melody structure) with vintage arena rock creates a sound rocking harder than any other. Even though arena rock was built on posing, there isn’t anything fake about Sophomore. When those guitars roll and the vocals soar on “The Fade from Gray to White”, you can’t help but feel it. This band knows how to make music that moves you- and they aren’t afraid to do anything: They even slow it down for “The Ones We Bury”, and they’re stellar there too- because the vocalist showcases his extensive melodic talent brilliantly.

Sophomore is rock. All four of these songs strike of inventive song-writing, balls-out rock with a tad of hardcore influence (Sophomore used to be a hardcore/emo band), and pure yell-inducing riffs. There’s not a band out there that personifies the spirit, the sound, the ideals of rock and roll better than Sophomore. -


"To The Tune of Everyone You Know" 2002

"Lipstick Fix" 2004
All 4 tracks of "Lipstick Fix" have recieved airplay on a total of over 20 radio stations.


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The idea of Sophomore started in 2002. Four guys, all coming from different bands who had seen their previous bands all sink, came together with a desire to put something together that was unique, but at the same time, still very potent in music today.

After going thru a year of figuring out just exactly how to pull that off stylistically, they guys got frustrated. As "screamo" was just starting to tail off, the boys hit on something. All 4 pulled from all their influences, and the 80s theme became prevelant.

They dropped all the songs they had been working on, and began writing tunes that had a definate 80s feel, but, at the same time, making sure that what they were writing was still applicable to the modern day sound of rock.

Thats where Sophomore finds itself today. No frills. No trendiness. All rock.

Bands we have played with:

3 weeks on the Taste of Chaos Tour with
The Used
My Chemical Romance
Killswitch Engage
A Static Lullaby
Senses Fail
Bleed the Dream

Story of the Year (2x)
My Chemical Romance
Lucky Boys Confusion
Murder By Death
Mock Orange