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Boomkat Product Review:
Dead Air is the first album by Portland, Oregon's Heatmiser, a record that documents the writing and recording debut of Elliott Smith, who shared writing duties with bandmate, Neil Gust (later of the band, No. 2). With a distinctly melodic take on punk rock the band's sound harkens back to the early days of The Replacements (check the massive chorus on opener, 'Still'), but with an added edge of raw melancholy that can probably be assigned partial responsibility for that whole 'Emo' business. Jimmy Eat World even reference Heatmiser in the lyrics of one of their power pop ditties. There's no disputing that the principle attraction here is for a first glimpse at Elliott Smith's incredible songwriting talent but Dead Air's merits certainly aren't restricted to being a mere historical document - it's still sounding vital some 14 years after its initial release, and that's no mean feat.