Tuesday, August 31, 2010

La FUCKING Dispute

If you know about this band, than waste no time reading this review. La Dispute are easily one of the most powerful post-hardcore/screamo bands around. Raw emotion, poetry. Fucking poetry; sheer energy and power comparable to Rites Of Spring, and technical, proggy parts. Christ all mighty batman. I can not tell where you to begin with them, but I will recommend Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega and Altair and their poetry, self released EP's  Here, Hear. Both of those albums are great starting places for a 10/10 band. Download. Now.


Saturday, August 28, 2010

American Football

Well here's another essential in the emo department, American Football. Mike Kinsella, of Cap'n Jazz fame got this band together in 1997 and played with them until 2000. A stark contrast to the faster, more abrasive Cap'n, Mike's barley above whisper vocals tell a very straightforward story. He's hurt, your hurt, it hurts. Its time to move on, but what if she doesn't want to? Oh god, I can't do this. Typical teenage love story, no? Mr. Kinsella whispers and whines over some rather technical, mathy guitar work, jazzy drumming and simplistic, complementing bass lines. Picture this of the album, the soundtrack of a teenage summer love. It's relaxing, calming, emotional, and perfect for those late nights out under the stars by the water. A mood is really set listening to this, I'd even go so far as to call it "Dreamo". This album keeps you into it through and through, after hundreds of listens. Never Meant opens up with soft guitar technicality, and fades nicely into the relaxing, soothing Summer Ends. Honestly has this big bassline to start off the song, and is just that for the first minute or so of the song. After it fades into this shogaze-esque guitar and drum work, lulling you down calmly. For sure continues the calmness and softness of the album, leading into the instrumental You Know I Should Be Leaving Soon. But The Regrets Are Killing Me has a bit of build up if you ask me, its like its getting you prepared for the next and "final" track, and all the energy built up in that track leads into the powerful I'll See You When We're Both Not So Emotional. After the explosion of the little but of power in the album, you reach Stay Home. It opens with a droning, guitar riff, carrying on through most the song. Into a "lead" over it and perpetual ride cymbal, the first half builds you up for the ending perfectly. Mike sings about a loss of hope, how there's no point in even trying anything, and how ultimately staying home and leaving his lost love alone, and vice versa is the only way to go. Now you can interpret it any way as you want, I think that's what makes it the most emotional track on there.And then there's The One With The Wurlitzer, but that's like, an extra. Don't get me wrong, its a great track, but Stay Home is the true end of the album.

Fortunately Mike went on to form Owen, a pretty much acoustic American Football.  This album is easily, a good 7/10. I love it, maybe Mike's vocals might not be for you , nor is lyrics. They are for me though.

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Month Of Somedays s/t

Well this has been a favorite album of mine for a while now, so it gets my first post.

A Month Of Somedays is a Chicago Emo/Indie 4 piece band, and I must say, they are fantastic. From Matt Winter's nasally, high pitched, scratchy voice and his metaphorical lyricism, to Paul Rossi's deep, complimenting bass lines and vocals, to the obvious jazz influence on some of Mark's drumming, this band combines modest technicality, wise use of effects, powerful emotional crescendo's and simplistic beauty, I'd defiantly recommend this to anyone. The first track in the album starts up with a simply tasteful bassline, moving into Matt's vocals, metaphorically and openly describing any situation, this whole album is really for the listener to interpret as they may, excluding a few straight forward lyrics like "You dancing in my awkward arms, tumbling around in circles in my memories, Oh all those nights we shared, laying there." The next track has an even more powerful crescendo than "This Equation", very emotion filled, similar to Orchid's "Epilogue of A Car crash". "A Windows Pain" is the more popular one, and after my first few listens I never really noticed it, but after hearing the lyrics "And everything that you thought you knew is nothing, and everything that your working for is nothing". Really sticks with you, doesn't it? "Angelina" is a, much more upbeat track. It tells a story of many many naked women, a bar, cash registers, and loud ass music. A good mid album break of sorts, to keep you interested. "Thinkin' Bout Drinkin'" and "Scrap" build you up for the end fairly well, the first track being the most depressing of the album, not necessarily most emotional however.  To sum it up nicely, everytime you've been piss drunk over something other than naked women and shots. The latter, Matt sings about, just generally feeling empty and having nothing more than a meer scrap, being a "highway in a map". "Song of An Anniversary" leaves the listener wanting more from this band, it leaves no closed end for the story, no closure. Great track, and a nice end to this particular album. Honestly it deserves an 8/10.

You can download their entire discovery at http://amonthofsomedays.com/

The Rundown

Obviously, the title is meant in an ironic fashion. "Screamo" music, is widely considered dead. My blog will for advertising old bands for people looking to get into the genre, review any new albums I may find, advertising artists still together, and hopefully opening the eyes of some people to a grand genre of music.

-I will review artists from any country, any political view et cetera.
-I will take requests, so long as you follow me and keep checking my blogspot out.
-I will primarily do artists from the Screamo/Post Hardcore/Emo genre, but don't be surprised to see anything in this blog.
So stay awhile, follow me,  I'll update it everytime I listen to an album that applies, so check often.