Posts tagged ‘Emo’

February 3, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Kyoto Kyoto

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

I really can’t put into words how awesome a trio can be when in step and on the same page artistically.  I got the privilege of hearing such a trio this week with the track “Grangbeen” by the London UK based Kyoto Kyoto.  This song really played to my musician’s ear and took me down quite the rabbit hole of nerdery.  I will try to put some sort of digestible framework around this piece of sonic explosion.  Let’s just separate each piece of the puzzle, that will keep this under six billion words, yeah.  Well, if you’ve read anything of mine so far you know I like drums so let’s start there.  They are fantastic.  They sound great, the drummer is tight, solid, has bass and snare drum chops and doesn’t push it even when the song gets chaotic.  There are big breaks where the dynamic shifts quite drastically and the drummer is in step for the ride.  It opens with a breakbeat that is relentlessly and deceivingly difficult to keep steady, they nail it.  I am most impressed by the mature and tasteful choices in fills as the song crescendos, it continues to drive and build, increasing the anxiety without being all over the map.  Great off time cymbal hits in the end groove.  When the bass solo kicks in it comes back around to its part and lays into the groove until the song lets you go.  The bass guitar tone is perfect, you can hear the attack, but it has a warmth that really lends to the groovy parts.  When it comes time to get loud it fits, when it comes time to solo (the bass solo alone is worth the spin) it resides comfortably in the mix.  Tip of the hat to the EQ work, and for having a solo, solos rule.  Guitar is nice in beginning, chords and nice picking patterns that hold tight with the drum and bass.  A chorus watery pattern leads us into the wall of metallic waves, that leave you surfing into the abyss of chaos that lurks ahead in the repeating pattern building and building into the sweet release of our first groove.  This time the bass as we spoke of, rips a nice little solo, guitar almost fades out while the song ends.  Vocals are sparse but quite fitting, they slowly talk their way into the first groove and into a very intentional repeated phrase before we hit that metal surf and ride until Solotown (*unfortunately Solotown as of now does not exist, will update if that changes).  They are reverb laden but not as much as you may expect, a change from my recent spins.  Really liked this song and this band, it’s on their newest EP Mirror Flexing Jaw which just came out.  Highly recommend, check it out here.

January 26, 2022

The Midweekly – Go To Space Die

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Prepare your helmet and jumpsuit as you step into this inter-dimensional portal. Keep your senses tuned in as these cosmic waves fly past and through you. A new experience of space rock has arrived: Red Air Don’t Care, the debut album by Go To Space Die. In his human form, GTSD is known as Dagan Thogerson (Murder By Death), and it’s the first solo effort from this percussionist. But don’t let the sticks fool you, Thogerson handles every instrument adeptly. From the first clean notes, bright and cheerful, like a sunrise on the horizon, to the final somber riff as it fades into a twinkling night, RADC is a soundtrack for the stars. The two major elements that make up this flying rock are post and prog, but as it hurls its way towards your ears, don’t be surprised if it accumulates some doom and emo in its tail. The intrepid production and writing traverse different patterns and moods. You might find yourself lulled into a waltz by some big chords with a synth filling in the voids, then quick as a sci fi action scene, a riff with a dizzying time signature blasts you away. So, make ready your comet lasso, and press play on these 8 tracks…wait…isn’t 8 the symbol for infinity?! *sound of mind blown*

May 15, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Headed off to a little vacay to get some sun and give the ears a little break, but before we do here’s the best of what came through the inbox recently. New music from Mouth Washington, Nathaniel Paul, Drelli, New Wales, Scores, Matthew Leger, Said Sara, Wes Hoffman and Colourmusic.

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May 3, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Today we have new music from Simone Istwa, Vypera, Disturbios, Karaboudjan, Ari B. Ingber, ameliarose, NATL PARK SRVC, Plaster of Paris, the HVNZ and seasonal.

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April 5, 2021

The B-Side: jjoey

A cascading waterfall of descending guitars grab you out of the gate on “Sinking Songs” by jjoey, and what would normally be just a flashy intro keeps going as the main hook of the verses. It’s the type of rhythmically complex but unforced feeling indie rock writing that you don’t hear often enough. Marrying the technical prowess of the mathy side of emo’s most ambitious acts with a poppier sensibility, it feels a bit like the janglier releases from Mock Orange but with its own distinct angle.

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February 20, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Our inbox must be working out, because it’s straight swole with good tunes. Today we have new music from Ryan Innes, MYLO BYBEE, Pop Cautious, Jahi Sundance, Stephen G. Clayton, Chris Portka, Mystic Seers, Bird Concerns and Art d’Ecco.

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