As Friends Rust - A Young Trophy Band (Cover Artwork)

As Friends Rust

As Friends Rust: A Young Trophy BandA Young Trophy Band (2002)
Equal Vision Records

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As Friends Rust have a new album, and it's got a long name! The full title is "A Young Trophy Band in the Parlance of our Times". It's got a pretty long title for a six song EP. Hey, who's complaining? Not me, I've become a pretty big fan of As Friends Rust. Their last CD, "Won", blended hardcore.

As Friends Rust have a new album, and it's got a long name! The full title is "A Young Trophy Band in the Parlance of our Times". It's got a pretty long title for a six song EP. Hey, who's complaining? Not me, I've become a pretty big fan of As Friends Rust. Their last CD, "Won", blended hardcore punk rock with that whole genre known as "emo", I think. Emo is a confusing term, really. As Friends Rust is an emotional band, with yelling and screaming and singing, and guitar riffs that don't quite seem right, just enough to sound good. With their new EP, rather than going poppy or slower, they built off their last album. Using harmonies, tempo changes, and showing off the skill to change moods in songs so easily, the new EP is definitely up to par with their last full length.

The track "Born with a Silver Spoon Up your Ass" is the best track off the album. It hardcore with a very catchy riff. It's also a good example of how this band sounds. The song "More Than Just Music, It's a Hairstyle", the first song on the album, shows a bit more experimental side of the band. It's also available on mp3 (down below) by the website.

The EP is very solid and also mixes styles enough so you don't stay bored. The 46 second song "Up and Went", is a slow track with an almost "ambient punk rhythm" in the background as the singer deeply sings his song. The last track, "Where the Wild Things Were", is another style change. It's much more straight-ahead punk sounding, also with a very catchy hook.

This is very good EP, and it doesn't disappoint. After listening to it a few times, it's also grown on me a lot. The new styles still contain the band's sound, but show that they can do more too. This band is definitely on the rise, and I recommend this CD. Similar artists include Thursday, At The Drive-In, etc.


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sickboi (June 26, 2002)

Well Scott, the highlight of the whole thing was Friday night in the Travelodge when I got to meet Davey from AFI, Lou from SOIA and Nick 13 (name droppin' like a mofo). I didn't watch too many bands but I'll try to whip up something...

maverick (June 26, 2002)

You hit up Kfest this year? I pussied out and didn't go, not enough good bands [in my eyes]. Write up some daily summaries, motherfucker!


sickboi (June 23, 2002)

I used to really love AFR but I just saw them with the new lead singer at Krazyfest.....no dice pal.

Daegan (June 20, 2002)

I cannot stand this band. They're very, very, very bland to me...

If they sounded like Thursday or ATDI...at least then they'd have the talent it would take to rip off those bands....

Anonymous (June 19, 2002)

I don't see the ATDI reference at all.

Good album though. These guys don't disappoint.

4131 (June 19, 2002)

k Scott

seriously though, Pete Yorn? oh well, to each his own I spose.

Anonymous (June 19, 2002)

It's a good cd. I like "won" more, but that could be due to the length.

I don't see how AFR sounds like Thursday or ATDI at all though.


Anonymous (June 18, 2002)

that cover art is outstanding, best I've seen in a long time. I'll check out the cd too... - bigjerk

maverick (June 18, 2002)

Aubin's still around, he works a lot on the "behind the scenes" stuff. All those new icons you've been seeing? That's him. The Terms of Use/Privacy Policy? That's him. The eventual re-launch of the site? That's *all* him.

I run the reviews section and some news, and Adam [and Kip] mainly do news.

Alright, everyone clear?


Anonymous (June 18, 2002)

Man reviewer guy. How can you put similar bands and not include Hot Water Music????!!? What were you thinking?? They are obviously strongly influenced by HWM, maybe moreso than any other band.

4131 (June 18, 2002)

I thought Aubin used to be the main "owner" type person on this site. Did you just kinda take over Scott? You seem to post a whole lot more than any of the others. But....maybe its just cus you post on the message-board more than everyone else. Seriously though...... whats up


maverick (June 18, 2002)

It's coming, Chris. AtomicGarden submitted his first.

Don't worry, yours will still be posted before Aubin's, that lazyass just submitted it yesterday! =)


JOE_MOMMA (June 17, 2002)

I love you guys. Not ska.

sickboi (June 17, 2002)

Where's my review of this?

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