CMJ (p.43) - "Embracing the playful pity and sultry tenderness of iconic Cure, this SoCal combo produces consistently invigorating tracks..."
Test Your Reflex: Clark (guitar); Andrew Ampaya (keyboards); Agustin Sanchez (bass guitar); Ryan Levine, Sal Cortez.
Personnel: Ryan Levine (vocals); Andrew Ampaya (keyboards); Sal Cortez (drums).
Audio Mixers: Pat Regan; Michael Brauer.
Recording information: Sea Sound Studios, North Hollywood, CA.
Photographers: Michael Waring; James Minchin.
On its 2007 major-label debut, THE BURNING HOUR, Test Your Reflex offers up a solid set of expansive alternative rock that recalls 1980s-era U2 and that band's more melancholy contemporaries. The brooding, synth-laden "Black Hearts" and the playful "Thinking of You" are particularly indebted to the Cure, while the rumbling single "Pieces of the Sun" finds the Los Angeles-based act branching out into a more contemporary guitar-driven sound.