If I started describing a band to you by saying their influences are Jimmy Eat World, The Movielife, and Hot Water Music, I'm figuring that would be enough to make you never want to hear about them again (well, at least The Movielife and Jimmy Eat World parts). Make Do and Mend happen to be that band, but as it turns out they don't sound exactly like either of those three, which is nice.
Even better, their CD has some songs on it that I can easily say are really friggin' good. "Insomniac Jams" has more than a good amount of rock to it and is catchy as all hell, as are the huge power chords that kick start the beginning to "Bitter Work". No shit, but I swear I remember the first Dag Nasty record sounding something like this, though it's been a while since I've listened to any Dag Nasty records so I could be way off.
For that same reason I'm holding off declaring Make Do and Mend's matching all white t-shirts as being some kind of fashion statement; it could just mean it was laundry day.
Make Do and Mend -
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