Monday, 2 July 2012

Age Sixteen


Age Sixteen were a screamo/emo band from Baltimore, Maryland who were active from 2008-2010. Despite their somewhat brief tenure, they managed to put out a slew of solid material, most notably their sole LP, Open Up Finders, Please, which I highly recommend you check out, if you haven't already. Besides that, they put out one split, a handful of demos and a tour sampler.

Age Sixteen's music is characterized by the use of two distinct dynamics. You guessed it soft/quiet and harsh/loud. This band goes from frantic, chaotic spasms (but still retaining a sense of melody) to beautifully serene and light passages. All the while featuring this amazing, shimmering guitar tone playing noodle-y parts. This is an obvious nod to bands such as Suis La Lune, of whom they are often compared to. Rightfully so, since they do sound similar.  . The vocals, on the other hand, warrant a comparison to Bear vs. Shark (in addition to Suis La Lune, La Quiete, etc.). Though the similarities aren't quite as clear-cut as the band's similarities to their influences, there is still a trace of BvS, especially in the more aggressive parts. Age Sixteen, like Bear vs. Shark, also implement some softly spoken passages as a contrast to the abrasive screaming. There are obvious differences, of course. AS tends to be a bit more visceral, and more high-pitched than BvS (and 'cuz you know, Mark Paffi is inimitable). They also occassionally utilize gang vocals, an emo/hardcore essential.

Here's everything this awesome band has put out. Enjoy.

1. In Lieu Of

Note: This song would later be re-recorded for their LP with the new name "Two Seconds".

1. Peter Pan Complex
2. Everything Is A Tide
3. Fabric

1. Fabric
2. As Personal As A Greeting Card
3. The Lion And The Gazelle

1. Peter Pan Complex
2. As Personal As A Greeting Card
3. Everything Is A Tide
4. Fabric
5. Two Seconds
6. Dear Judas
7. Empty Nest
8. Seasick
9. The Lion And The Gazelle

1. The Emperor/Why Relive A Closed Chapter?/From The Top Of My Heart

1. Wren Lloyd - Ergotism
2. Wren Lloyd - Radical Edward's Dream
3. Wren Lloyd - Purple Skeleton
4. Wren Lloyd - Clump Spirit
5. Age Sixteen - Why Relive A Closed Chapter?
6. Age Sixteen - The Emperor
7. Age Sixteen - From The Top Of My Heart
 8. Age Sixteen -  Seven (Sunny Day Real Estate cover) 

Note: I don't know which cover is the proper one. I prefer the first one, but to each their own, I suppose.

1. Peter Pan Complex
2. As Personal As A Greeting Card
3. Everything Is A Tide
4. Fabric
5. Two Seconds
6. Dear Judas
7. Empty Nest
8. Seasick
9. The Lion And The Gazelle
10. The Emperor
11. Why Relive A Closed Chapter?
12. From The Top Of My Heart

Note: This is a discography LP Age Sixteen just self-released, there isn't much information out there surrounding it, so who knows if they reunited or anything

5 comments:

  1. This is amazing, one of my new fave bands for sure. Thank you for posting.

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  2. very late on this, but thank you. so good.

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  3. is it possible to reupload the LP ? seems like the link is dead.. thanks a alot !

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  4. The LP is not released yet and it is not self released. It will be released by a Italian label called Couchpunx while the U.S label under Poison hemlock which there is zero information and it will be that labels first release. I am having a few doubts of this record ever coming out. It was stated it was coming out in 2015 but there hasn't been much detail of it.

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  5. The LP is not released yet and it is not self released. It will be released by a Italian label called Couchpunx while the U.S label under Poison hemlock which there is zero information and it will be that labels first release. I am having a few doubts of this record ever coming out. It was stated it was coming out in 2015 but there hasn't been much detail of it.

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