Saturday, 14 February 2015

You And I

"I'm erasing you, and I'm happy. You did it to me first."

Valentine's Day, 2015. We started with The Saddest Landscape in 2013, continued with iwrotehaikusaboutcannibalisminyouryearbook in 2014, but what band best documents this lonely day for 2015? Of course there are a ton of amazing albums out there to accompany a broken heart today (Bright Eyes' Fevers & Mirrors, the Mountain Goats' Get Lonely, Carissa's Weird's Songs About Leaving, etc.), but we need to continue the skramz tradition of melodrama and bleeding intensity. After much deliberation, New Jersey's You And I have won out for this year's lonely boy band.

You And I were a five-piece screamo/emo violence band from New Brunswick, New Jersey that were active from 1996 to 1999, and briefly reunited in 2011. The band's poetic lyrics, over-the-top vocals, as well as melodic sensibility proves that chaos is more than them. They were more in the realm of bands like Saetia, with constant loud/quiet dynamics, occassionally spoken vocals, and heavy guitars. Their songs would often explore numerous ideas, adding to the passionate intensity they played with, and when they hit a climax, the result is the equivalent of a group of guys crying on the floor with pictures of their ex. And that sound is sweet. And relevant to what most of you will be spent this day doing. Dismiss it as a meaningless holiday, but there's no denying it's a day to wallow in pity parties and exaggerated sorrow. It's as cheesy as how she liked her pizza. Enjoy.

1. Something To Remember
2. Heart's Divide
3. Silent Morning Whisper
4. Seascape

1. Someday I'll Say Goodbye
2. Absence
3. Memory Loss
4. We All Bleed
5. When We Were One
6. Revision
7. Nights Like These
8. Smile
9. Saturdays Cab Ride Home

1. Forever Lasts A Moment
2. Achilles
3. All Imperfect Things
4. A Day That Passes Through
5. No Guilt On New Year's Morning

1. Tell Me About Your Childhood
2. Brock Landers And The Mustang Cake
3. Playing Off The Story
4. 143 (JCM)
5. I Think I Know Where Elvis Lives
6. Pulse
7. Threading A Needle
8. Two Down, One To Go