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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Native.

Native.

What really has come out of Indiana? Honestly, all I can think of is Bobby Knight, his tirades…and a little band called Native. Native plays mathy tunes reminiscent of Maps & Atlases with vocals similar to those of Steve Snere from These Arms are Snakes. Their EP, entitled We Delete; Erase, was an awesome example of how much potential this band has. It really sticks with the listener and it blew me away. I wasn’t sure what to expect from their new album, Wrestling Moves, but Native hasn’t disappointed me. This album is just as good, if not better than the EP. I’ve also heard great things about their live show, which I unfortunately missed because the show got moved. Definitely give these fellas a spin though if you like mathy and poppy tunes.

We Delete; Erase EP

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Wrestling Moves.

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Fear Before (the March of Flames).

Fear Before (the March of Flames).

Fear Before (known previously as Fear Before the March of Flames) is a band from Colorado. I can’t really describe their sound, but I can tell you this: Fear Before is clear evidence of a band evolving with every album made. Their early stuff is more in the vein of heavy post-hardcore, Their album Art Damage is a lot of Botch-esque riffage and insanity. The Always Open Mouth is a experimental masterpiece in a league of it’s own, and their self-titled album is leaving off where Mouth was. Even no two works of theirs is ever the same, all of it is pretty impressive. The lyrical content they produce is good, but it really picks up the ball on Mouth and the Self-titled albums.

My personal favorite from these guys has to be The Always Open Mouth, there isn’t a single imperfect aspect of the album and it’s by far their best work. Also, if you have the chance to catch them live, do so. They put on a crazy and energetic show. Very rarely do I find a band that is somewhat grouped in with the “scene” this good, but very few bands are like Fear Before.

Odd How People Shake.

Odd How People Shake.

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Art Damage.

Art Damage.

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The Always Open Mouth.

The Always Open Mouth.

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Fear Before.

Fear Before.

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EPs and Rarities

Fear Before the March of Flames [EP] [2002]

Live at the Epicentre EP [2004]

Stop All the Downloading EP [2005]

A Little Less Teeth EP [2007] (Buy)

American Football.

American Football.

Every now and then, there’s certain bands that come along and shake things up. They make a product that is beyond unique, a product that is some of the best music to ever grace your ears. One of these bands would have to be American Football. With smoothly layered guitars and beautiful horns throughout their music, its some of the most relaxing and amazing music out there to just get lost in. Mike Kinsella pours his heart out into the lyrics, creating some of the most emotionally charged music I have ever heard. Not in a pissed off way, or a sad way, but in a way that makes you feel as if you’re reading out of someone’s journal. It hits, and it hits close to the heart.

They only put out a 3-song 7″ EP and a full-length record, both of which are absolutely incredible. Their existence as a band lasted only 3 years, playing a small amount of shows around the Midwestern area and breaking up after the release of their full-length. Nobody knows how much this band could have done, but the potential was honestly endless.

Their music is absolutely beautiful, and it’s perfect for this time of year. The lyrical content and the musical style reflects the shedding of the beautiful weather and the leaves falling to the ground that occurs in the fall. It’s something completely special to walk home listening to American Football and taking it all in.

It’s a feeling that can only be described as ethereal.

American Football EP.

American Football EP.

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American Football LP

American Football LP

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Live at the Fireside Bowl in Chicago, IL (04-03-99)

City of Caterpillar.

City of Caterpillar.

City of Caterpillar was an awesome band from Virginia. They took amazing post-rock buildup reminiscent of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and added to amazing climaxes filled with screaming and singing. They’re unlike anything else I’ve heard. They were truly a great band, and its a shame they aren’t around anymore.

A Split Personality - Split with Pg. 99

A Split Personality - Split with Pg. 99

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Self-Titled.

Self-Titled.

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Demo and Live Recording.

Demo and Live Recording.

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Live in Ottawa

Touche Amore.

Touche Amore.

Here’s another great band from California. Touche Amore is similar to Comadre in the sense they make great screamo tunes, but its of a different style. Comadre tends to be more intense, but Touche Amore combines slow, almost post-rock esque moments into explosions of screamo tunes with raspy vocals that could be considered almost raspy.

However, its also very catchy and memorable stuff. There are lots of unforgettable lines and also interesting parts, such as the hand claps to lead off the songĀ  “It’s All Happening In Mine”, the opener to their LP …to The Beat of a Dead Horse. Their music packs a quick punch, which leads to my only complaint about this band is the length. Their music feels like its ending just as soon as you started it. It’s definitely worth giving a listen to, though.

Demo 2008

Demo 2008

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(Note: the 7″ of the demo doesn’t have the songs “Hipsterectomy” and “Huckleberry)

...To the Beat of a Dead Horse

...To the Beat of a Dead Horse

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Buy more Touche Amore merch here.

Comadre

Comadre.

Everyone seems to say Screamo/Skramz is dying out. It’s kind of true. A lot of of good bands are breaking up/broken up, and Circle Takes the Square’s new album seems to be a never-ending work in progress. Very rarely is new stuff coming out that is impressive.

That’s where Comadre comes into play. Hailing from California, these dudes pack a punch with their music sure to tear faces off due to how intense it is. Vocalist Juan Gabe’s screams are shrill and to the point, with the rest of the band providing a tight background with some of the best-instrumented playing in hardcore today. Everything they’ve put out has been spectacular, and they’re one of the coolest bands making music around.

The Youth (2004)

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Burn Your Bones (2006)

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Songs About the Man! EP + More Songs About the Man!

(I am unfortunately unable to find any purchase links for this)

Comade/Trainwreck Split (2007)

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A Wolf Ticket (2009)

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They also have some bangin’ mixtapes, as well as A Wolf Ticket, all for free download at this link. The mixtapes have covers of Elliott Smith, Paul Baribeau and other neat items.