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Ascetic Parade / Beat Noir - Split Extended Play [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

Ascetic Parade / Beat Noir

Ascetic Parade / Beat Noir: Split Extended Play [7-inch]Split Extended Play [7-inch] (2011)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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A split release between Ascetic Parade and Beat Noir makes sense. Both groups have released material through donation-based online label Death to False Hope Records, and both know how to write a catchy punk rock song. This split 7-inch marks the first vinyl release for both bands, and the first phys.


A split release between Ascetic Parade and Beat Noir makes sense. Both groups have released material through donation-based online label Death to False Hope Records, and both know how to write a catchy punk rock song. This split 7-inch marks the first vinyl release for both bands, and the first physical release for Beat Noir altogether. It is also the finest work either band has done to date.

Durham, NC's Ascetic Parade are up first, and showcase a heavily '90s alt-rock-influenced sound that recalls Superchunk at their most punk. "Suburban Decay" has the honor of being the catchiest song the band has penned yet. Its "No, I don't miss those rainy days" chorus feels like something Ted Leo and the Pharmacists might have written in the Tyranny of Distance days. At a brisk one minute and 50 seconds, it feels a little too short. The chorus is good enough to warrant another go-around. "Magical" isn't quite at the same level, but it's an enjoyable tune, nonetheless.

Canadian youngsters Beat Noir take a more straightforward punk rock approach. Their two tracks show a huge improvement in almost every aspect from their debut Bay Street Superstars EP. "Mine" is a mid-tempo punk song about not getting out of bed...I think. Screaming and feedback segues between their two tracks into the best one they've written yet, "Yours". Its dual-shouted vocals call to mind No Division-era Hot Water Music, or perhaps early Against Me! (think "Walking Is Still Honest").

Ascetic Parade and Beat Noir are both extremely promising young groups that have improved with every release thus far. With more time spent playing together they could develop into forces to be reckoned with. They might not have completely found their respective sounds yet, but they're getting there. In the meantime, this is an enjoyable little split that's definitely worth a listen or two.

 

 
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sloanedaley (July 24, 2011)

not sure I hear the HWM and Against Me! in the Beat Noir side. Maybe a little bit AM!. The Ascetic Parade parade description is pretty accurate though.

punkcdsampler (July 24, 2011)

The Beat Noir side is so much better.

ptvnsux94 (July 22, 2011)

Is it weird, that this is only the second post my someone not in the band in this review? The answer is yes.

BORING!!!!

powerbait (July 22, 2011)

Also, "yours" is the best song on this split. It is also a top 5 song released this year. Seriously awesome and agree that it is the best BN song yet.

powerbait (July 22, 2011)

Duff, you sellouts!

DuffB (July 22, 2011)

www.beatnoirpunkrock.bandcamp.com/

Free music!

powerbait (July 22, 2011)

For those too lazy to search:

"Official Review:

THE BEAT NOIR ASCETIC PARADE 7 INCH IS 7 INCHES OF P0Nx RAWX GOODNESS AND I SUGGEST YOU CHECK IT OUT BECAUSE ITS VERY GOOD AND THEY HAVE VERY GOOD TUNES. ALSO THEY HAVE MOHAWKS AND HAVEN'T SOLD OUT YET SO THEY ARE SUPER COOL P0NX RAWK. THEY'RE NOT AS GOOD AS BLINK182 BUT NOONE IS SO LISTEN TO THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE GOOD AND TRU P0NX RAWK BECAUSE ANARCHY!!!!

- Ryan "rock'em'sock'em" Gosine"

Get this man a new contract.

greetingsfromrome (July 22, 2011)

My review is way better. Go to both of their respective facebook pages to see it.

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