this second The Sky Looks Pissed has many similarities to the first one. to take two very specific examples: it starts off with ambiance. it ends with a lengthy track which mostly consists of ambient noise and other Daniel Johnston-ish things. but that’s just his thang, I guess. the album also generally feels the same. but it sounds prettier and bigger. much more positive. it’s still quite melancholic, and has a bit of those mid-west emo lyrics where you look back and wish you were five again… but the energy I get from this recording is definitely all positive. the album is more alive; louder, but also more dynamic. it sounds like The Sky Looks Pissed has more confidence and that he simply dares more on this recording. the lyrics are brilliant narrations that makes you want to sing a long the first time you hear them, which is frustrating because you obviously don’t really know the words the first time you hear them. thus you have to play through the album again and again and again and again. get it.
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The Sky Looks Pissed is folk rock as it is meant to be. there’s no one who cares whether he actually hits that chord 100% perfectly, or whether he hits that high C – or if he even actually tries to hit it. as long as the music and the lyrics are honest and played/sung with passion, we’re all happy here. oh and of course there’s gotta be a harmonica. and Ethan aka The Sky Looks Pissed manages all of these things fine. he even does it without sounding the same on every track. while this might not be the most revolutionizing folk act of the twenty-first century, it is definitely awesome to listen to. a guy with a guitar singing his heart out. heard it before? probably. want to hear it again? definitely. these are the kind of songs you will want to be singing over and over again. sitting on the grass outside, or by the stereo inside if it’s raining, drinking cocoa, just singing along. magic music for magic people. get it.
it’s a new day people. and what better way to start it than with a three song demo from a Polish screamo band? none. and this is not just a screamo band, but a great screamo band in the vein of Neil Perry and Orchid. amazing flying guitar harmonies, ultra-dynamic drumming and great screams. screamo like it should be. this band incorporate all of the charecteristics found in those kind of grindy screamo bands like Orchid and Kaospilot. and sure it gets a bit stereotypical, and it isn’t the most unique band this blog has to offer. that does *not* in any way mean that it isn’t worth downloading and listening to. because it is. because the songs are *great*. regardless of how fresh they might be. this band pays tribute to the greats, and they do so in an awesome way. and it’s only demos by some Polish teenagers. so remember this name.
making an emo opera that lasts over half an hour is a great idea, yeah? especially when it thrashes so fucking hard as this one. this is thirty minutes plus of great riffing, dynamic drumming and so on. it’s just an overall display of diversity within a soundscape. it’s Free Emo. I wouldn’t compare it to Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz any more than with that reference, but hell… this is great. imagine sticking it to a scene kid’s face. like, turn off that My Chemical Romance “opera” and put this on. they would immediately start to cry. but not because they are attention whores or whatever the reason for them crying usually is – but because this is so fucking hardcore, it will make them shit themselves. and consequently cry because they are embarrassed. I mean they shit themselves in front of you. who wouldn’t be embarrassed? but I sense that I’m straying a wee bit away from my original point, which was – get this. there is no reason in the whole world why you wouldn’t want to listen to this. actually, if you’re not going to download this – send me a mail with a legitimate reason, and I might let you off the hook. but unless you have some medical condition that prevents you from listening to pure awesomeness, don’t expect to be excused from being spat on by this monster album. GET IT.
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from the utmost jazzy opening to the inspiring track titles, this is emo at its finest. I think. while you most of the time probably won’t have a clue what the hell you’re listening to, when you do – all is well. placing themselves somewhere between The Shaggs and Antioch Arrow, Emo Summer are a pretty original band. the stabbing guitars, off-beat drumming and background-laughter all contribute in making this a relaxed and improvised jam that at should be appreciated. if not as a musically technical triumph, then for its heart and originality.
the driving beat and cool riff that opens this little two-tracker is nothing but amazing. so captivating and intense, yet distanced and reserved. simply amazing. and at the end, the track explodes into… well pretty much just fast drumming. but it’s pretty cool anyway. the second track follows the same formula, but it explodes earlier on. the keyword here I believe is cool riffs, great drumming and more insanity from the most satirical serious band, or most serious satire emo band ever. which one is it? I don’t know.
if you thought Antioch Arrow was the only chaotic art explosion in emotown, think again. Emo Summer who existed in the late ’90s and early ’00s are far from sane. and they pretty much prove it with the track Iota. poetry sprayed in your face like warm whizz on a cold winter day, with loud guitars and messy drumming. it hardly gets better. download it!
while this record starts out as the sweetest of sweetness, it quickly progresses into the most aggressive of aggressiveness, as well as the maddest of madness. screaming, thrashing, blastbeats, synth-rape in the style of The Locust and just plain chaos. Emo Summer are a satirical art explosion that will fuck you up. one of the best and most insane bands you will ever hear. if you haven’t heard this, you are missing out on something huge. you have to listen to this. the most emo emo band ever. get it!
this is an album that is interesting from the first second, just like Hope! The river Arkansas. but for completely different reasons though. the intricate opening riff does a real good job in sharpening the listeners ears. and then the song explodes in screamo goodiness… aaaaaaand it’s done. and we get antother song with detailed layers of screamo goodiness. and then we get six more songs with detailed layers of screamo goodiness. making this eight songs with detailed layers of screamo goodiness. from the twinkly upbeat guitar riffs to the marching band drums to the shouting – this is one of the catchiest as well as creepiest screamo albums ever made. and the diversity of the songs are amazing. they will go from these slow and beautiful calm parts to these mad hooks yo. screamo pop. catchy as fuck. get it.
on this album, you’ll notice how much this band has matured. gone is the metal riffs, and hello screamo guitars that definitely are more complex as well as catchy than those on Hope! The river Arkansas. and the guitars aren’t all that’s changed. the drumming is not only more technical, but also more fitting. they both follow as well as change the music very powerfully. they take the foreground much more than on the previous album. but that’s not all – even the vocals are extremely different on this record. there are a lot of call and response shouting in addition to the screaming. and the screaming isn’t as high pitched and intense as on the previous record. they are much more controlled and reserved, but stronger and more diverse. overall this is a tight record with a lot of interesting hooks in it. especially the Whitney Houston cover, which really… you gotta hear it. download this! especially if you are obsessed with concept albums. this is about time travel.