Friday, October 24, 2008

Review: Black Suit Youth

Black Suit Youth

The problem with lots of local bands is that the vocals suck. A lot of time you have to sort of ignore the vocals and look past the sucky singing. Saying things like "emotional vocal" hide the real truth, "this band has a singer who should take a vow of silence." Black Suit Youth does not have this problem. The singer has some serious pipes.

Could Black Suit Youth be punk? Could they be metal? Could they be post modern bla bla bla... yeah they could be classified that way. Who cares, it doesn't matter because it is amazingly good. If Blink 182 met Tubring in a back alley, Black Suit Youth would be the product.

The music has nice use of changes to prevent you from getting bored. The drummer is one of the more entertaining drummers I have heard in a while. He does not over play, does not under play.

Do yourself a favor, check em out.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Review: Lost In October

Lost In October

There are very few bands that understand their instruments and how to play them. Lots of bands know how to play but very few bands understand the idea of not playing. Lost In October show that they understand completely how to layer their parts to achieve a great composition.

Each song is like sitting on the edge of the ocean and staring out to the nothingness beyond the horizon. Do yourself a favor, Listen to Lost in October with your significant other while frolicking in the sand. Kiss...

Waylan Daniel

Waylan Daniel

FUN.. TONS of FUN. Do you want to have fun? I love having fun. One time I had lots of fun, I smiled. Waylan Daniel is fun, he is a big smile.

If you are a fan of "Neutral Milk Hotel" you will be a fan of Waylan Daniel. The music is extremely eclectic and almost as easily acceptable as pop.

Do you want to join the party, go check out Waylan Daniel.

Review Black Rebel Indians

Black Rebel Indians


I hate writing bad reviews. Who am I to say a band sucks. BUT... that being said. If you want to know what I think of this band? I think they are the next reincarnation of the worst band EVER... Complete. If you don't know who the band Complete is, I have placed a you tube video below.

Now you might say, I am being mean. But seriously, if you listen to "Reggae and Hip Hop" by Black Rebel Indians then watch the below video by the band Complete, you will see... they have the EXACT same chord progression.

Oh my....

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Three Day Threshold

Three Day Threshold
Against the grain

Three Day Threshold sent me a few mp3s from their album Against the grain.

I am NOT going to review them. Nope, Sorry guys. I refuse to review this "cowboy, fast-almost-punk, toe tapping, dancing in a circle, get drunk, get in a fight" music. Just because I like the songs, it DOESN'T mean I am going to tell YOU that.

I am going to go put my head phones on, sit in my closet and get really really drunk while listening to Three Day Threshold... then maybe I'll go stab my neighbor or get a tattoo on my ass. F@ck you.

The Rationales

The Rationales
The Going and The Gone

When I do reviews, I NEVER talk about the production quality, I never talk about the recording method, and I never talk about mixing. I feel it is unfair to judge local acts on recording gear and say, "hey this doesn't sound pro" Well of course not you fool; the band isn't pro. They most likely recorded their tracks in a bathroom, with a Fisher Price mic, and that mic was plugged into a 1980's cassette deck... one of the really cheap cassette decks, the ones that only had a fast forward and no rewind. So, as a rule, I NEVER talk about recording quality. Well, this review is the exception that proves the rule.

This album was recorded at Q Division and produced by Ed Valauskas. Ed, I have a little note... You ARE a pro, and the recordings are pro; but turn down the lead vocal just a smidgen. That is it. carry on.

Now, I have totally offended The Rationales by insulting their mixing preferences and I doubt they will be inviting me over their house for a game of Monopoly any time soon.... but lets see if I can win them back. Maybe if they keep reading they'll forgive me, they might even like me, and maybe send me some money for this cool pyramid scam... i mean, money investment tool, I found.

The music by The Rationales is great. No no... lets use a better word then great... how about, Honorificabilitudinitatibus. (meaning "the state of being able to achieve honors." See, I can be pretentious and use big words). The arrangement of each song is full. They have a wall of sound aproach without all the doubling and sounds great. (crap, i used the wordgreat again). Lets try this; The meiotic undertones... nah screw it... The album sounds great!

If pop music, the Stones and alt county were to get mixed with the band the Oneders... You might approach the sound of the Rationales... but really just think Wilco. oh, and if you don't know the Oneders(pronounced Wonders); Tom Hanks will come stab you in the ear with an ice skate.

Go check them out live... Make sure to yell Honorificabilitudinitatibus at the stage.

Apple Betty
First off, i need to say these ladies are very nice in person. Now, normally when someone starts a review like that, they proceed to bash the band. Well, I am not going to do that.

I like em. mix punk with a little rockabilly. And, yeah, mix in girls singing. The tunes are a little pop but not in that annoying Hanson way.

Why is it that when I hear or see a "girl band" I almost always get turned off immediately. It is not the term, you could call them "chick band; dickless; boobie empowered; band of only woman" WHATEVER. It is not the term, but the entire concept of only girls in a band. I always assume that it must be some marketing thing. Sort of like when a band claims Frank Zappa as their major influence. I don't dislike girl bands, it just always makes me think of what their "musicians wanted" ad looked like "Girl drummer and guitarist looking for chick bass player that rocks and has pro gear."

They have just released a new album ABCD and based on the tracks avaible on their myspace page. Go take a listen, it is pretty good!