Friday, 26 February 2021
Saturday, 20 February 2021
Saturday, 13 February 2021
"I wish I had stayed, I do". I spent the last wracking my brain and come up with the perfect band this year, and began to look back. This little tradition began in 2013 with The Saddest Landscape and Her Breath On Glass, which to this day are virtually uncontested in their appropriateness for the holiday. Naturally, I had to include the band Andy Maddox was in prior to the aforementioned, which makes them the perfect band to bury your head in your hands to today. That absent feeling in your chest will be there forever, but at least this might distract from the loneliness today. I also included a list of all previous instalments at the bottom in case this flatlining of your heart wasn't enough. Don't enjoy.
The Last Forty Seconds were a three-piece screamo band from Northampton, Massachusetts that were around from 1999 to 2001. Sonically, they are loosely comparable to classic screamo acts such as Portraits Of Past and You And I. This band is especially notable from its line-up, which includes members involved in a ton of other incredible projects, including Ampere, Wolves, Montcalm, and Ritual Mess, in addition to the aforementioned The Saddest Landscape and Her Breath On Glass. Fans of any of those should definitely check this out, as they recall (though they pre-date) the cathartic melancholy of The Saddest Landscape and visceral dissonance of Ampere. What more could you want for today's mourning? Looking back only makes the future look bleaker. Happy V-Day.
Thursday, 11 February 2021
Gauge Means Nothing were a four-piece emo/screamo band from Tokyo, Japan that began in 1997 and broke up in 2005. Their output was fairly limited, with only one EP and one split (that I can find, at least). They were a truly unique band that's hard to pin down where they sit in screamo history. They constructed long, dynamic songs that can be be loosely compared to a band like Envy, but they go above and beyond and incorporate things that no other band would do. For one, the vocals are split harsh screams and sweetly sung with pop sensibilities, and are often layered on top of each other thanks to their dual vocalists. They utilize a variety of instrumentation (often in the background), including keyboards, trumpets, and what I think is a xylophone one one track. They even take the standard four-piece band instrumentation to another level, particularly the drum interlude in "I Think I Sink Ai Shinku". For the few tracks we have of theirs, they really set themselves apart as a must-listen. Enjoy.
Tuesday, 9 February 2021
Sunday, 7 February 2021
Cease Upon The Capitol were a three-piece screamo band from Nashville, Tennessee that were around from 2004 to 2007. They were insanely prolific in that time, releasing two fantastic full-lengths and a number of splits, EPs, and compilation tracks. Conveniently, this was all compiled in 2014 along with demos and live tracks, which is what's available below. Sonically, they encapsulated a variety of sounds, making them really hard to pin down in an overarching description. They utilize the dark, heavy aggression of bands like June Paik or Danse Macabre with just enough melody to keep it on the brink of dissonant collapse, which also evokes comparisons to Raein or La Quiete. On top of that, they occasionally utilize the atmospheric post-rock sound, providing some strong dynamics and fluctuating emotions. I don't know if that description does them any justice, but they are a must for fans of screamo from this era.
On a side note, this band has been on my "to-do" list for months, and I almost got around to doing it in December. Since there were already a bunch of other posts to get through, I figured I'd wait until the following month. Then of course January 2021 became the absolute worst time to include a post with this name in the title, so finally here it is. Enjoy.
Saturday, 6 February 2021
Thursday, 4 February 2021
Sinaloa are a three-piece post-hardcore band from Somerville, Massachusetts that began in 2001. Perhaps the most apt description of them is the marriage of the Ebullition/Gravity roster with the Dischord roster, resulting in a balancing act of chaos and calculation that carried them through the a decade. Fans of bands such as Circus Lupus, Antioch Arrow, and Yaphet Kotto will undoubtedly dig the angular chords, shuddering rhythms and shouted vocals that Sinaloa made their trademark over a slew of releases. If you're new to this band I'd suggest starting with Footprints On Floorboards, though they were a band of such consistency that just about everything is work checking out. Enjoy.
Monday, 1 February 2021
1. Foxes - Crawl