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"Review by Accident Hash"

Plain and simple you guys kick ass! Killer sound and I can't wait to hear the whole album!
- C.C.


"LiveLiveMagazine.com"

Underwhelmed is an extraordinary, cutting edge group, that knows how to rock…the songs are packed with infectious hooks for mainstream appeal, and with a power and drive that keeps them from sounding like imitators. The band is definitely a force to be reckoned with. - Barbara Thompson


"Professional Music Reviewer, Podcaster & Blogger"

Who the fuck are Underwhelmed and where can I get some more? These guys fucking kill! Get off your dead asses and grab their new record Reveal – it’s a must have. - Tune Prospector


"The Weekender Magazine"

Underwhelmed offers a beefy brand of melodic and commercially accessible modern-rock. Think Nickelback meets 3 Doors Down - big sound, big hooks and songs ready for radio. This band is ready to roll. - Alan K. Stout


"Emurg.com"

Never have I been more curious of a name than I have been of New York based rockers Underwhelmed, whose music is anything but what the name suggests. Listening to their full-length debut Reveal is an absolute treat that rarely leaves the listener wanting more. - Kyle


"Melodic.net"

Trust me this is not the last time you will hear from this band. - Tom Spinelli


"Review: Underwhelmed - ‘The War Between Myself and Me’"

Overview: From Brooklyn, New York comes Underwhelmed, a rock band built almost a decade ago. In that time, the group has worked diligently in amassing a reputable repertoire. Thom Hazeart, founder of Corporate Punishment Records, caught wind of Underwhelmed and was enlisted to produce some of the band’s new material. Mixed by Ben Schigel (Breaking Point, Allele), the resulting sessions captivated Hazeart so much that he and Underwhelmed began flirting with the idea of their joining the Corporate Punishment ranks to formally release an LP. With their label situation currently undecided, Underwhelmed decided to release the Hazeart sessions as an EP in 2007, entitled ‘The War Between Myself and Me‘.

The Good: Despite its title, ‘The War Between Myself and Me‘ is no schizophrenic danger zone. Instead, Underwhelmed mow through seven songs of FM-ready rock with jaw-dropping professionalism. The band establish their motive with the sporty number “Leave It All Behind”, pulsating to thick grooves that deeply engage you from square one. Thanks to a sparkling chorus, an effervescent demeanor, and an incessant cavalcade of sweeping hooks, “Leave It All Behind” puts the EP in a fun and charismatic mood. Loser anthem lovers everywhere will melt for the bouncy quirks of “Freak (Like Me)”. By refusing to play the stereotypical “woe is me” card, “Freak (Like Me)” breaks the mold of your by the numbers wallflower waltz, a vibrant breath of fresh air. “Reveal” is as broad and roomy as a summer’s day; the combination of acoustic and electric guitars give the track a great deal of character, continuously charming you with each passing second. A boiling rock radio volcano on the brink of eruption, “Angel” envelops you with intoxicating hooks and blissful overtones, perching you on cloud 9. “Never Again” is an exploratory, detail-attentive spread whose tearful verses are suave by framing the already voluminous choruses and making their sound richer and more robust. The only track that rivals the cling of “Angel” is “Reachin”. Booming and full of life, “Reachin” boasts a chorus nearly as dangerous as the one from “Angel”, while rocking a guitar solo to provide added height and a rebellious streak. ‘The War Between Myself and Me‘ concludes with its most organic and sincere cut “Throw It All Away”. This tastefully cathartic hard-ballad packs a raw, 90’s alt-rock vibe the previous six songs didn’t quite capture, serving as a testament to its versatility.

The Bad: Like most modern rock albums in the same vein, the colors of ‘The War Between Myself and Me‘ run together, hurting each song’s individuality. Vocally, Chris Amplo is capable, yet he never challenges himself or his range. The aforementioned is the Achilles’ heel of Underwhelmed as a whole on this EP. Sure, they might have concocted some powerfully catchy tunes,. But without anything to really set the band apart from the pack, ‘The War Between Myself and Me‘ might unjustly be looked past in favor of something more intrepid or with more bravado.

Bottomline: Underwhelmed have a real knack for churning out spirited and palpable rock with flavorful hooks which you can sink your teeth into. The band makes enough right moves on ‘The War Between Myself and Me‘ to buoy themselves amidst a quicksand of thousands of convoluted, formula-driven modern rock. But if the band were only just a little braver and a little more eclectic, then this EP has serious potential to go from Mercedes to Maybach.

Rating: 8 out of 10 - Tunelabmusic.com by Nick


"Review by Ad Astra"

Sometimes you just want rock and roll and Underwhelmed fits that bill. Straight-ahead rock in by a band that knows its craft. I'll definitely play them on my station. - Take Flight


"8 out of 10!!!"

With thundering guitars and crashing chords and their commitment to excellence in rock and roll, it is little wonder that Underwhelmed and their latest release, Reveal, has topped such charts as Garageband.com and IndiesTop10.com. While being compared to Nickelback and 3 Doors Down, I find them more reminiscent of that great rock band of the 80s, Creed. The first 4 songs on Reveal are full of big hooks and powerful choruses guaranteed to grab the attention of the most discriminating listener.

Track 1, Freak, is a well written, blend of rock, pop and electronica. Track 4, With You, is a nice change of pace power ballad of sorts. These first four songs are Underwhelmed’s strongest and showcase their songwriting and musical talent at its’ best... - Gulf Coast Music Review


"hard-rocking quintet from Brooklyn is making waves"

This hard-rocking quintet from Brooklyn is making waves with their powerful songs, and this sampler is incredible. “Headstrong” burns the barn down with growling guitars and lofty vocals.

“Reveal” comes on softly before transforming into a rock juggernaut, and “Silhouette” comes on like bedlam before transmuting into a full-out rocker with 100% of your recommended daily allowance of reverb.

Fans of Creed and Ministry will thoroughly enjoy Underwhelmed.
- Long Island Music Scene byTimothy Connolly


"Climb the wall and vote YES YES !!"

I feel sad for the little kiddie band I had to review before you. Not at all do they have your experience. I'm not saying your song is perfect but it's darn good and driving! The voice gets a little irritating at some point but that guy can sing! Oh yes! And now here is a word for the drummer : Mister you sure know your way around your drum kit! You play with so much assurance that I was delighted with lots of great passes you do! I think you got a great connection all of you! Stick together! It's happening right NOW!!!! Bravo!!
- Lady F - GarageBand.com reviewer - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada


"Change for the better! New, refreshing, music with melody and balls!"

After catching their benefit show at Lamours, I quickly became turned onto this group. Tons of melodic appeal with a hard crunch yield a familiar yet refreshing sound. After buying the CD at the show, I can't wait to hear their next EP. Songs like DEVOTED and MASKING SHADOWS will definitely leave an impression on any listener. Before you know it, you'll be singing UNDERWHELMED's songs in the shower. Catchy stuff. Good Lyrics, too. - Maria Rossetti - CDBABY.com Review


"Review: Underwhelmed - ‘The War Between Myself and Me’"

Overview: From Brooklyn, New York comes Underwhelmed, a rock band built almost a decade ago. In that time, the group has worked diligently in amassing a reputable repertoire. Thom Hazeart, founder of Corporate Punishment Records, caught wind of Underwhelmed and was enlisted to produce some of the band’s new material. Mixed by Ben Schigel (Breaking Point, Allele), the resulting sessions captivated Hazeart so much that he and Underwhelmed began flirting with the idea of their joining the Corporate Punishment ranks to formally release an LP. With their label situation currently undecided, Underwhelmed decided to release the Hazeart sessions as an EP in 2007, entitled ‘The War Between Myself and Me‘.

The Good: Despite its title, ‘The War Between Myself and Me‘ is no schizophrenic danger zone. Instead, Underwhelmed mow through seven songs of FM-ready rock with jaw-dropping professionalism. The band establish their motive with the sporty number “Leave It All Behind”, pulsating to thick grooves that deeply engage you from square one. Thanks to a sparkling chorus, an effervescent demeanor, and an incessant cavalcade of sweeping hooks, “Leave It All Behind” puts the EP in a fun and charismatic mood. Loser anthem lovers everywhere will melt for the bouncy quirks of “Freak (Like Me)”. By refusing to play the stereotypical “woe is me” card, “Freak (Like Me)” breaks the mold of your by the numbers wallflower waltz, a vibrant breath of fresh air. “Reveal” is as broad and roomy as a summer’s day; the combination of acoustic and electric guitars give the track a great deal of character, continuously charming you with each passing second. A boiling rock radio volcano on the brink of eruption, “Angel” envelops you with intoxicating hooks and blissful overtones, perching you on cloud 9. “Never Again” is an exploratory, detail-attentive spread whose tearful verses are suave by framing the already voluminous choruses and making their sound richer and more robust. The only track that rivals the cling of “Angel” is “Reachin”. Booming and full of life, “Reachin” boasts a chorus nearly as dangerous as the one from “Angel”, while rocking a guitar solo to provide added height and a rebellious streak. ‘The War Between Myself and Me‘ concludes with its most organic and sincere cut “Throw It All Away”. This tastefully cathartic hard-ballad packs a raw, 90’s alt-rock vibe the previous six songs didn’t quite capture, serving as a testament to its versatility.

The Bad: Like most modern rock albums in the same vein, the colors of ‘The War Between Myself and Me‘ run together, hurting each song’s individuality. Vocally, Chris Amplo is capable, yet he never challenges himself or his range. The aforementioned is the Achilles’ heel of Underwhelmed as a whole on this EP. Sure, they might have concocted some powerfully catchy tunes,. But without anything to really set the band apart from the pack, ‘The War Between Myself and Me‘ might unjustly be looked past in favor of something more intrepid or with more bravado.

Bottomline: Underwhelmed have a real knack for churning out spirited and palpable rock with flavorful hooks which you can sink your teeth into. The band makes enough right moves on ‘The War Between Myself and Me‘ to buoy themselves amidst a quicksand of thousands of convoluted, formula-driven modern rock. But if the band were only just a little braver and a little more eclectic, then this EP has serious potential to go from Mercedes to Maybach.

Rating: 8 out of 10 - Tunelab.com Contributed By: Nick


Discography

Reveal - LP - NOW AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE!!
The War Between Myself and Me - Official Release
The War Between Myself and Me - Limited Editon SOLD OUT!
Leave It All Behind - featuring 'Reachin' EP
And Now I Can See - LP

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Bio


Underwhelmed is a Brooklyn, NY-based quintet that plays a driving and emotionally overwhelming brand of hard rock that hearkens back to an era where bands left everything they had on the stage. Like their musical brethren Pearl Jam and Staind, Underwhelmed’s sound combines electric and acoustic sounds, luscious counter-melodies and big hooks to produce radio-ready songs. Live, the band is pure chaos in search of perfection, usually leaving a stage dismantled and the audience enamored. Underwhelmed displays the unity and sense of purpose that has built the band a growing national base of fans who love rock, because they live it.

Their results have spoken for themselves. With over 22,000 downloads and 2,400 CDs sold of their 4th and latest record Reveal and multiple music placements and synch deals, the band is getting noticed – without promotion. Loyal fans, word-of-mouth and their expanding tour base have taken the buzz surrounding Underwhelmed and turned it into a violent rattle. It’s obvious the band knows how to reach and audience’s heart through its ears.

Underwhelmed is now ready to bring their music to an even broader audience. The band has received numerous awards, including 2009 Rock Album of the Year and Rock Band of the Year from ABC Radio Networks’ “

PRESS

“Underwhelmed offers a beefy brand of melodic and commercially accessible modern-rock. Think Nickelback meets 3 Doors Down - big sound, big hooks and songs ready for radio. This band is ready to roll.”
Alan K. Stout, The Weekender Magazine

“With the combining artful sounds of electric guitars, acoustics, bass, and kick-ass drumming is done with absolute precision and balance. Each song from their latest LP, Reveal is filled with emotion, personal stories, and not a single track is less catchy than the previous one.”
Michael J, All Indie Magazine

“Never have I been more curious of a name than I have been of New York based rockers Underwhelmed whose music is anything but what the name suggests. Listening to their full-length debut Reveal is an absolute treat that rarely leaves the listener wanting more.”
Kyle, Emurg.com

“Underwhelmed mow through songs of FM-ready rock with jaw-dropping professionalism.”
Nick, Tunelab.com

“Underwhelmed is an extraordinary, cutting edge group, that knows how to rock…the songs are packed with infectious hooks for mainstream appeal, and with a power and drive that keeps them from sounding like imitators. The band is definitely a force to be reckoned with.”
Barbara Thompson, LiveLiveMagazine.com

“Who the fuck are Underwhelmed and where can I get some more? These guys fucking kill! Get off your dead asses and grab their new record Reveal – it’s a must have.”
Tune Prospector, Professional Music Reviewer, Podcaster & Blogger

HIGHLIGHTS

- The Underwhelmed song “Washed Away” featured on the premiere episode season 8 of A&E’s smash Dog the Bounty Hunter, viewed by 2.9 million.

- Over 20,000 units sold via Tunecore outlets (iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby digital, etc.) since the record’s 2009 release WITHOUT promotion (data as of
November 1, 2011).

- Over 2,400 physical units sold through live shows and CD Baby (data as of November 1, 2011).

- Previous song placements in the award winning cult classic motion picture All
Saints Day (2007) and 3 song placements confirmed in upcoming motion pictures.

- Reveal named “Rock Album of the Year” by ABC’s Fame Games (2009)

- Underwhelmed named “Rock Band of the Year” by ABC’s Fame Games (2009)