Remember the first season NBC’s “America’s Got Talent?” The television variety show that promised to find the “next big thing” but instead produced nothing of the sorts? The hour-long spectacle where David “the Hoff” Hasselhoff sang his god-awful and cheesy single “Get In My Car?” The program where Leonid the Magnificent was absolutely magnificent?
Well, if you do, you’ll also remember the scrappy young pop-punk quintet T13C playing their hearts out to a thoroughly pleased crowd. So pleased, the Gainesville, FL outfit made their way to the semi-finals. And while they didn’t take home the big prize (can we remember who?), they seem to have gotten further in their musical ventures than the winner has. They’re flushed with a loyal fan following, huge endorsements, a boat load of merchandise, a fresh “look,” and a sassiness that swallows low-profile bands whole.
Their sassiness is to be expected. Their latest EP, T13C, is fixed with blaring synthesizers, wispy vocals, and anthem-powered “oh, oh, oh’s” that are as catchy as they are persistent. Tracks like “From the Stereo,” “The Match, The Flame, The Fire,” and “Engine Down” display a brand of pop-punk that is hopped with emotronic undertones and ska influences, a brand T13C is more than happy and comfortable playing. It’s infectious. It’s bubbly. It’s adorable and it’s no wonder coming-of-age ninth graders can’t help but to flock to them.