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Album Review: Trees Above Mandalay - 'Growing Pains'

It seems like forever since the release of Trees Above Mandalay's debut EP Palace. While the band have been putting out a few songs here and there, fans have been waiting patiently for a follow-up from the Rockaway, New Jersey group. Those fans finally have their wish as Growing Pains is set to be released on January 8th, 2013. The new EP was produced by Kevin Antreassian (Foxy Shazam, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Trophy Scars) and the band.

Growing Pains is the perfect title for this six track affair as each song deals with everyday trials and tribulations whether its losing touch with friends ("We Felt Like Astronauts") or consequences from having one too many ("Non Compos Mentis"). David Glynn's vocals sounds just as infectious on the effort ("I'm Leading, You're Biting") while guitarists Brett Coleman and Tim Baker always manage to bring the heavy riffs when needed ("We'll Sleep Just Fine").  The standout number on GP is "As Easy As Breathing" with its heavenly strings flowing throughout. Trees Above Mandalay have hit their mark with Growing Pains. Now it's time to see how high these guys will aim on their next release. -Terrance Pryor



1. Everything I Wish I Didn't Know
2. I'm Leading, You're Biting
3. We Felt Like Astronauts
4. We'll Sleep Just Fine
5. Non Compos Mentis
6. As Easy As Breathing