If Cities were from New York, every word of this review would already be common knowledge. Blogs would have already critical massed, glossy magazines would be running fashion spreads, the Pitchforks of the world praising and then backlashing before you even heard a note. But Cities are from North Carolina — once indie rock's most fertile ground — and so below the radar they slip, their snare-tight, vaguely post-punky anthems just waiting for the right mixtape, the inevitable word of mouth.
Cities isn't terribly original, but it is memorable: "Cons, Thieves & Murderers" and "Writing on the Wall" for their foreboding tautness; "A Theme" for being straight-up Turn On the Bright Lights; "Lounge Act" for its macho theatricality; and "Lakes" for creatively mashing together Coldplay and classic emo. Their demo marked Cities as a band on the verge, and their debut full-length gloriously finds them surpassing even the highest expectations.