Thursday, January 22, 2015

Short and Sweet: Four Quick Reviews (Landbridge, Sport, Vyst, Vein)

Artist: Sport
Title: Bon Voyage
Available Format(s): 12" / DD
Label: Adagio830
Holy shit, a friend recently turned me onto these chaps from Lyon, France. Very well constructed emo / indie punk. We are in the midst of a "emo revival", or the tail-end of it and there is a lot of good stuff and a lot of bad stuff out there associated with the sub-genre. This band is doing it very well. Its tinging between like Revolution Summer styled punk/emo and more polished trailblazers not unlike Sunny Day Real Estate and Mineral. Very warm guitars and drum tones. A lot of noodling guitars and quiet, timed out interludes that reminds me of the days when emo bands were as obsessed with old jazz records as much as they were with making their record packaging look like a arts n' crafts workshop project. This is really good stuff and you keep finding new stuff in it with every listen.

Listen: https://sport.bandcamp.com

Artist: Landbridge
Title: Demo
Available Format(s): DD
Label: Self Released
Don't know too much about these guys except they listen to a lot of crust/hardcore and they are from Florida. Now, what I am about to say has been loosely used SO MUCH in explaining bands of this caliber but I stand by it. They really, truly understand that Tragedy style crust hardcore sound. I feel most bands fall short on trying to attempt this style for one main reason, for where they drive hard on crust biker d-beats they lack on the amount of melodic, triumphant guitar elements that made Tragedy famously stand apart from the rest of the run of the mill crust outfits at the time. This stuff is solid and they pack in so much for only being a three song demo. Well done orangeheads.

Listen: https://landbridgerocknroll.bandcamp.com/album/landbridge

Artist: Vyst
Title: Try Again. Fail Again
Available Format(s): 12" / DD
Label: Vendetta
This band had me sold within 30 second of the opening track. Mainly for the production quality. So warm, big sounding and yet so present, fucking great. Heavy handed "intellectual" sounding hardcore. I believe it has members of Glasses and Perth Express so immediately you know these are seasoned players. Its more of what you would expect from those individuals and I wouldn't expect anything less. This is an amazing record with amazing artwork to match.
Listen: https://vyst.bandcamp.com/album/try-again-fail-again-lp

Artist: Vein
Title: Demo
Available Format(s): DD
Label: Self Released
Now this is a demo I have been jamming for the past month non stop, at least once a day. Members of East Beast, but don't be fooled. This sounds nothing like their past projects. This is like a reinvention of Dillinger's "Calculating Infinity" era style tech hardcore but modernized and leaning more on the heavier elements. The downfalls of bands trying to pull of this style is that they lack the musicianship but these guys not only execute it, but they own it outright. This is up for free download. If this band sticks around long enough I see them doing big things in the near future.

Listen: https://veinband.bandcamp.com/