continuing our grave robbery series, here’s a band that existed c.a. 2004-2006. in 2004 they put out this demo, showcasing a by all means highly promising screamo band. the recording quality is supreme (especially for a demo). this Massachusetts mammoth band frequently border on the ridiculously epic; the ridiculously well pulled off epic. the only slightly dissonant and very melodic and pretty ethereal guitars are directed by the focused and firm drums that carry the songs, not just a little inspired by the heavy layered progressive rock sound portrayed by bands such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Mono, both of which are admitted influences on the band. they do no shame to the progressive screamo sound, most famously carried out by City of Caterpillar. and Et Tu Brute are not the kind of band that plays long arse boring build-ups, only to display thirty seconds of glimmering brilliance, and call it “crescendos”. their build-ups are longing and beautiful, and they aren’t completely crescendo-reliant, more than once favouring sudden explosions, taking the listener by surprise. I only wish this demo exceeded its four tracks by several more, equally well-crafted tracks. unfortunately this is all that’s left from one of the definite highlights of this sound. you really don’t want to miss this. download it at once!
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if you got the previous post by The Lady Is Not For Burning, you probably either love them or hate them by now. if you love them, here’s 23:55 more of their epic well-composed screamo. if you hated them – well… there’ll be a new post shortly. ;-) this release has somewhat better recording quality, which I guess helps the message along. the beautiful guitars thrive on the clean production, and the stomping drums and soft bass are undoubtedly benefiting from it as well. this is a largely overlooked and mostly forgotten band that deserves a little revival, so check this out. you might find a new favourite band here. for fans of iwrotehaikusaboutcannibalisminyouryearbook, Rue Morgue, Elements of Need, Jeromes Dream and everything between said bands. this is fucking great. get it.
today we at that’s punk are digging up screamo graves. The Lady Is Not For Burning were a New Jersey band that perished a couple of years ago. they left some songs though! and here’s nine of them. the brutality and intensity of Usurp Synapse, Rue Morgue and The Spirit of Versailles meets the ambitiousness and atmosphere of Welcome to the Plague Year, Indian Summer and Funeral Diner. The Lady Is Not For Burning play unpolished and raw screamo, with periodic melodic guitar interludes, and loud screamdowns.
I have no idea what the title of this album is all about. that’s just what it was named when I got it. I’m assuming it’s an untitled/self-titled 7″, released on P Trash. feel free to correct me though! anyway, this is more of the same. have you ever tried blowing your speakers using treble instead of bass? if not, you need to try it with this. loud as hell psychotic punk rock from Retainers. pure awesomeness.
Retainers are the filthiest and noisiest fucking mess of a punk rock band you’ll ever encounter. Iggy and The Stooges and Reatards are some of the best comparisons I can conjure right off the bat. however, Retainers prove to be louder, faster and more abrasive than either of them. this is a pure energy explosion. punk rock at its rawest. GET THIS.
out of South Carolina we have Miles Apart, a band that has been active for quite some time, but who hasn’t put out anything until this EP right here came out in April. they play a heavy though melodic flavour of Shai Hulud-esque hardcore, with the occasional screamo flirt. it’s mostly fast-paced hardcore action with heavy and abrasive breakdowns. when the guitars are extra melodic and going mid-tempo over creeping drums, and the shouted/screamed vocals expresses the emotionally distressed lyrics, it even almost sounds a bit like Some Mistakes (particularly on “Misaligned”). you should definitely check this out if you are into any form of hardcore or emo. pay particular notice to the outstanding end track, “Valueless”. a fantastic example of some epic fucking hardcore. get this!
lover is made up of a guy who used to be in When I Came Back from Death. this sounds absolutely nothing like When I Came Back from Death at all. it is completely different in every way possible. this release consists of three very different tracks. the first one has a stripped down minimalist space ambient sound. the second one has a far more accessible upbeat acoustic guitar with screamed vocals type of thing going on. the third one sort of blends the two close to polar opposites, and introduces us to a heavily textured shoegaze sound, with synth, guitars, vocals and even drums. it is the most “happening” song on the death stays awake, and in my opinion also the best one. so what you essentially get if you download this is three largely different tracks of experimental ambient/shoegaze music. it’s not for everyone… but it might be for you! download this.
out of New Haven, Connecticut stems Deadlights. they are a highly melodic punk rock band with lots of gang vocals and ultra catchy hooks. I feel comfortable comparing them to Four Minute Mile, Dream to Make Believe, I Brought You My Bullets – You Brought Me Your Love, In the End – We Are All Light, Through Being Cool, and most obviously, the absolutely fantastic Tell All Your Friends. so Deadlights find themselves in very good company right there. The Noisy Shore is far more punk rock sounding than most of those albums, but it has many of the same qualities. in fact, The Noisy Shore can easily relate to the sing-a-long friendliness of the lyrics, and the unforgettable and perfect delivery of them that appears on Tell All Your Friends. it also have some of the awesome guitar solos of I’ve Brought You My Bullets… – and so on. this record is simply marvellous. a fucking thrasher from start to finish, full of energy. this is something memorable. get this!
the first time I put this on, my reaction was merely “wow”. the melodic and melancholic twinkling guitar American Football perfected is sped up two times and contrasted by a distorted guitar that mostly play sweet and enticing riffs, though sometimes engaging in some twinkly action of its own. in addition to this, there are upbeat drums and carefree bass lines. that’s right. the bass guitar manages to convey “carefree” with its comfortably soft lines. the mix is extremely pleasant on the ears, a bit like Football, etc., Snowing and the cheery parts of Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson’s newest album (mainly thinking about “Scientists Now Think This City Is Overdue” now). on top of the mix are completely no frills vocals, that in no way attempts the extravagant, but actually blossoms in all its modesty. the whole record is in fact just that: modest. there are no grand openings or violent endings. pomposity is the antonym to Everyone Everywhere. the humbleness of this record is also its strongest trait. it is what it is. and it’s fucking spot on. everything is perfect. you simply need to download this. and you can buy this 7″ from http://evilweevil.bigcartel.com/product/everyone-everywhere-a-lot-of-weird-people-standing-around if you want, and get more info on the band on http://www.myspace.com/everyoneeverywhere – where you can buy more stuff as well.