Californian alternative pop rockers Test Your Reflex have made a remarkable transition from college hopefuls to major label recording artist. In their educational days the band were almost signed to a management company based on the belief that they would be huge. Remarkably the band was unable to take up the offer as drummer Sal Cortez at the tender age of seventeen was too young to sign the contract.
Offering a palatable mix of new wave, U2 inspired guitar and piano driven pop, Test Your Reflex is a more eclectic answer to Rock Kills Kid or Jacks Mannequin. Opener ‘I’m Not Sorry’ clearly borrows heavily from U2’s ‘With or Without You’, whilst ‘Thinking of You’ hints at The Cure but with Marc Almond on vocals. The rocked up synthesised pop of ‘New Year’ is similar to Rock Kills Kid, ‘I am Alive’ is like a new wave version of Coldplay and the piano driven ‘I Won’t Follow’ highlights pianist Andrew Ampaya’s classical training. The closest we get to pop punk on ‘The Burning Hour’ is the up-tempo ‘Do We Belong’ a clear demonstration that Test Your Reflex has the ability to turn their hand to any from of pop music. Look out for Test Your Reflex, because along with Mutemath they look like a good bet to breakthrough during 2007.