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The Gamits
ANTIDOTE
(Suburban Home)

The Gamits are a model of alt-rock self-sufficiency: the veteran Denver band produced this album themselves, and they released it on a local DIY label with good national distribution. They also put together a cool video for "How To Escape" thatís included on the enhanced portion of the disc. "What are you waiting for, some kind of sign/You either grow or you die," frontman Chris Fogal sings as the clipís protagonist struggles to break free from her lonely surroundings. The trackís aggression signifies small-town frustration, and its wistful melodies point to a way out. The Gamits have studied long and hard at the Descendents school of classic pop punk, and Fogalís vocal phrasing should sound familiar to Alkaline Trio fans. On Antidote, his hooks and the groupís attack live up to those high standards. "Dotted Lines" is a delirious take on romantic obsession; "Born and Raised Afraid" is an epic anthem of stilted ambition. The album closes with "Bridges," its lone ballad and a wry meditation on pop punkís biggest fear: old age.

(The Gamits open for the Queers this Sunday, August 15, at T.T. the Bearís Place, 10 Brookline Street in Central Square; call 617-492-2327. The following night, August 16, theyíre at the Living Room in Providence; call 401-521-5200.)

BY SEAN RICHARDSON


Issue Date: August 13 - 19, 2004
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