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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Folly.

Folly.

I was just thinking last night about how I hadn’t listened to Folly in a long time, and it perplexed me. Folly is one of the most interesting bands I’ve ever heard. Jon Tummillo’s spine-chilling and shrill vocals went perfectly over Folly’s blend of the heaviest and most crushing breakdowns I’ve ever heard mixed equally with lighthearted and upbeat ska parts.  For the most part, I don’t listen to much heavy music unless its really unique and talented, and that definitely describes Folly. They have some of the best lyrics penned in hardcore music, and they are one of the heaviest bands I have ever heard. I said it a few sentences ago, but some of their breakdowns are crushing and just purely amazing, and I’m not a huge fan of breakdowns. Usually breakdowns take away from a band’s music and are just added in because they can’t think of anything better to play, but Folly really added a lot to their music by playing the breakdowns they made.

Anyways, for the time being Folly is unfortunately done as a band. They didn’t break up because of band members fighting, or anything of the sort. They wanted to play music, but didn’t want to tour anymore. They were tired with the state of the music industry and what the scene had become. Hopefully they decided to get back together at some point, considering they’re still all good friends, and play a few shows. After all, I’d love to see Folly play a show at least once before I die.

For My Friends EP

For My Friends EP.

Download – OUT OF PRINT

Insanity Later.

Insanity Later.

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Resist Convenience.

Resist Convenience.

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These Are The Names Of Places We Broke Down In EP.

These Are The Names Of Places We Broke Down In EP.

Download for free at PurevolumeMirror link

More info on Folly can be found at their Myspace and Wikipedia pages.

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United Nations

United Nations

United Nations is made up of Geoff Rickly, and has been rumored to have members of Converge, Glassjaw and other bands. The end result is Geoff Rickly screaming his lungs out over lyrics that aren’t as poetic as Thursday’s, but more sarcastic and angry, definitely better suited for the kind of music UN plays. They kind of sound like what would happen if Thursday, Comadre and Refused were all thrown into a blender. This album is definitely worth listening to, though. It’s one of the more composed and put-together hardcore records I’ve heard in a long time. There’s a lot of things you wouldn’t expect from a hardcore album on here, and its really an interesting collaboration. I know of people who don’t like heavy bands like this at all but enjoyed this album. It’s definitely worth giving a spin to.

United Nations

United Nations

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More info can be found at their Wikipedia page.

La Dispute.

La Dispute.

If you’re wondering where the (current) title of this blog comes from, it comes from someone who used to be friends with me. I showed him this band I really love, La Dispute. I described them to him as exactly what they are: a creative and unique band making music unlike many other bands; passionate vocals over some of the best lyrics in the scene and great musicianship. Well, he gave La Dispute a listen and didn’t feel the same way. Eventually, our friendship fell apart and he’d text me just to be a dick. One of these texts read “La Dispute r00ls”, which was ironic because I was wearing my La Dispute shirt at the time.

Anyways, I’ve been listening to (and enjoying) La Dispute for a while. Hailing from Michigan, they create a unique blend of post-hardcore, indie and countless other genres as well. Their album Somewhere At the Bottom of The River Between Vega and Altair (that’s quite the mouthful) was released last year to plenty of praise. They also released a fantastic 7″ that year entitled Only Everything Below. Before that, they released their debut album Vancouver, as well as two EP’s featuring works of literature put to music entitled Here, Hear.

If I had to choose any of their albums to listen to, start with Somewhere at the the Bottom… and the Only Everything Below 7″. These are their best and most composed works as a band. Vancouver is a good album, but less focused musically and a bit heavier.

These dudes are definitely worth checking out. Their lyrics (as stated earlier) are absolutely amazing and paint an interesting scenery. Their live shows are not to be missed, with the band setting up lights at their feet and lead singer Jordan Dreyer usually running into the crowd barefooted. They definitely can pull of the amazing things they do on record live. Go and support these dudes if you like it too, there’s a reason that I own the Somewhere CD, Vancouver LP and CD, Only Everything Below 7″, Here, Hear II 7″, a shirt and I’m ordering the Somewhere 2xLP. They’re a great band who deserves support.

Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Altair and Vega

Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Altair and Vega

Download Somewhere At the Bottom of The River Between Vega and AltairStream on Last.FM – Buy the CD – Buy the 2xLP

Vancouver

Vancouver

Download Vancouver – Buy the CD – Buy the LP

Only Everything Below

Only Everything Below

Download Only Everything Below – Buy the Vinyl (no CD option)

Here, Hear IHere, Hear II (not available for purchase)

La Dispute merch at No Sleep Store

Street Smart Cyclist.

Street Smart Cyclist.

Here’s the first band I’ll be posting. Street Smart Cyclist was a well-renowned emo band from the Lehigh Valley. They only put out one 7-inch record, an acoustic tour ep (the band themselves call it sketchy) and two unreleased songs that were meant for a split 7″ that never happened. There were small tensions inside the band, but the catalyst leading to the breakup was the fact that someone stole all the stuff from their van in North Carolina (with an explanation from guitarist Ross Brazuk here). John, Nate, and Ross are now playing in the great Snowing (who I will be posting about soon). Jon and Dave are working on an project of their own.

I personally loved this band and everything they put out. I really regret having the option to go to their last shows that they played with Algernon Cadwallader in upstate Pennsylvania and missing them, it will be something I’ll regret forever. Their 7″ was great, but the two songs meant for the split that are unreleased are my personal favorites. The tour EP takes a little bit of listening to get into, the mix on it is pretty horrible.

Street Smart Cyclist was

Jon Geeting – Guitar

Ross Brazuk – Guitar,

John Galm on vocals (replaced briefly by Jonathan “Cody” Garwacke of Yo Man, Go!)

Nate Dionne – Bass

Dave Geeting – Drums.

Here’s a link to download their stuff that they posted in a bulletin a while back. Enclosed in the file is their Demo 2006! 7″, Lint Traps Acoustic Tour EP and two songs intended for a 7″ that were never released. Unfortunately, they didn’t press many copies of their 7″ and don’t have anything to purchase. Apparently though, there have been talks of a discography 12″ or CD release…but that’s just hearsay.

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There’s going to be plenty of updates and stuff soon. I’ll be talking about bands I enjoy and stuff. I’ll also post reviews and cool little stuff I find on here. Hopefully you enjoy it.

I will be putting download links to the bands I talk about. Yes, I understand these are mostly bands that put out their own stuff. If you have a problem with a link being up, let me know and I will gladly take it down. All music posted should be deleted after 24 hours. If you took a car for a test drive, would you be able to keep it for free? No, and it shouldn’t be that way for music. If you like it, support the artists (I will be putting up links to buy their stuff) or delete the stuff if you don’t end up liking it.

I’m not doing this to cheat bands out of the money they deserve. Every band/album I’m posting on here is a band I care about and enjoy. I’m sharing them for the sole purpose of getting their name out and giving them recognition they deserve.

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