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The Ergs! / Lemuria - Split [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

The Ergs! / Lemuria

The Ergs! / Lemuria: Split [7-inch]Split [7-inch] (2007)
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A split seven-inch between two of pop-punk's most beloved bands: New Jersey's the Ergs! and New York's Lemuria. Both bands have made (or had made) a pretty big splash in the pop-punk scene, so it's no wonder these two had a split together. The Ergs! play something like a mix of the Ramones, Descende.


A split seven-inch between two of pop-punk's most beloved bands: New Jersey's the Ergs! and New York's Lemuria. Both bands have made (or had made) a pretty big splash in the pop-punk scene, so it's no wonder these two had a split together. The Ergs! play something like a mix of the Ramones, Descendents, and some Black Flag for good measure. It's a wonderful combination of influences. Lemuria are a female-fronted pop-punk band with a tinge of indie rock thrown in for good measure.

The split opens with the Ergs!, who use their song "Introducing Morrissey" as their lead-off. It's a very catchy, fast-paced pop-punk song. Jeff's guitar has an interesting tone throughout the intro/chorus, and Mike's drumming is spot on as always. Joey's bass is a little low in the mix; it's not terrible sounding, but he is a very talented bassist and it should be mixed in better. Mike's vocals are something to marvel over; at multiple points in the song his voice cracks and at other points it's the most perfect voice you've ever heard. Their second song is a cover of "Hey Jealousy". The band puts a lot of feeling into this song; it's a very respectable cover that actually rivals the Gin Blossoms' original version. The solo towards the middle really shows off the talent that all the band members have. The Ergs!'s side is a great example of why they are one of the greatest modern pop-punk bands.

The Lemuria side starts with "Little Silver Children". It's a noisy pop-punk tune with dual vocals by Alex and Sheena; however, the vocals don't have much energy–they seem to be lacking in effort. The sound of the instruments is a little rough, too, though you can plainly hear what each member is doing. Lemuria's second song, "Clean" is a far superior song. It starts with a bassline that reminds me of Big Black, and when Sheena's vocals kick in, you can tell you're in for a treat. The track has much more energy than the previous, with Sheena's vocals having a lot more energy. It's a really good pop-punk tune.

Split albums are an iffy thing for bands; one side may completely outshine the other, or both bands may suck. With this split, though, both are talented bands. And while both play pop-punk, there's enough diversity between the two to keep the record sounding interesting. It's a nice showcase of what proper pop-punk bands can do.

 

 
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JerryCola (March 13, 2011)

One of my all-time favorite split 7" records.

likeaparasite (March 12, 2011)

"Clean" is a hell of a song. Extremely catchy...really gets stuck in my head, and has cool lyrics. I wish it was on one of their full lengths instead of on an E.P. where it'll probably get heard by fewer people. I think it's better than most of the songs on "Get Better".

asyouwere (March 11, 2011)

This should be 5/5

tck204 (March 11, 2011)

bud_boomer. I'm Canadian and even I can see that the reviewer is referring to the States and not the cities. He didn't say NYC and New Jersey isn't a city.

bud_boomer (March 11, 2011)

i hate to nitpick (well, maybe i don't), but lemuria is from buffalo, which is 7 hours away from the nyc metro area...bands from here often get referred to as "new york bands", which gives out-of-towners the idea that they're from new york city, which is obviously wrong.......

sorry, regional pet peeve.

also, weird that this took 4 years to get reviewed.

Half_Idiot (March 11, 2011)

I listened to the Lemuria side once 3 years ago, I'm not interested in hearing it ever again. I hate the Gin Blossoms so half the Ergs! side is useless but I'll be damned if "Introducing Morrissey" isn't one of their best songs ever and the reason why I haven't sold it yet to make room for other records.

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