Snowing - I Could Do Whatever I Want If I Wanted (Cover Artwork)


Snowing: I Could Do Whatever I Want If I WantedI Could Do Whatever I Want If I Wanted (2011)
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In the past few years, there has been a rise in popularity of alleged "emo revivalists." Mostly in the Midwest, but really all over. The bands were/will all be short lived, as was Snowing, who released their debut LP and broke up months later. There are so many of these "twinkly" emo bands poppin.

In the past few years, there has been a rise in popularity of alleged "emo revivalists." Mostly in the Midwest, but really all over. The bands were/will all be short lived, as was Snowing, who released their debut LP and broke up months later.

There are so many of these "twinkly" emo bands popping up today it's hard to keep track of the good ones. But rest assured, you're placing a good bet with Snowing. Definitely more "punk" than their peers (Algernon Cadwallader, CSTVT) sonically and lyrically, Snowing is an attention-grabbing band, and this record is no exception to that fact. The vocals are harsh, and almost tough to handle at times. I can see how this would push people away, but if you can get passed the fact that the vocals aren't top notch, there is some really great musicianship within Snowing. Punk vocals aren't always great anyway, if it has passion, I can listen.

The record begins with a standout track, "Meet Me In Minsk." Possibly the most melodic song on the record, it has an almost ominous tone to it. Another stand out track is "Why Am I Not Going Underwater," with lyrics such as "Sometimes I get drunk at night / And one drink turns fast into five." A lot of the lyrics are about the singer's drunken depressed nights. "Relationships don't burn, they fade out / So I know I won't burn, I'll fade out."

The next track, "You Bring Something... No" is the shortest song in Snowing's minuscule catalog, but it could also be my favorite on the record. The ending fades away very melancholic as the singer exclaims: "You won't see me again." The guitars and musicianship on this song stand out to me. The next song, "So I Shotgunned a Beer And Went to Bed", unlike the aforementioned, is the longest in Snowing's catalog. This is also one of my favorites on the record. It almost brings a tear to your eye. "You swore that you would live your life without regret / What are you waiting for?" Definitely a Cap'n Jazz-esque song, but that is the most prominent influence in the bands sound to me. "Damp Feathers" is the softest number, and flows well till the end. The lyrics are almost intelligible because the vocals are so soft. Catchy riffs and melodies fill this song.

As far as I'm concerned, I wish Snowing would've stayed together. I would've liked to see the singer/bassist throw himself/instrument around the room and spit on the guitarist one more time. Did I mention the band was the balls live? I feel this record is great in its own right. It is definitely a different direction from their EP which I enjoyed more. But there is some really good musicianship and lyrics to be found here. In this massive mix of emo revival, Snowing definitely stood above many of their peers and they still do to me. Get into it, even though they are long gone.


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r3vengetherapy (November 7, 2011)

Is stating something as "the balls" really a thing people say? Because it really shouldn't ever be. Not sure if I should bother listening to this record, I really couldn't listen to "Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit" even though I wanted to like it.

damnitsderek (November 2, 2011)

This came out in 2010.

thenightman (November 1, 2011)

i love this album, but I know it could've been better. I guess they didnt want it to be better

evanispunx (November 1, 2011)

I know it sucks. It also sucks when a band breaks up a month or two after the play your town/sleep on your floor. That's what happened with this band. The best dudes, nicest dudes.

Michael_Jackson_Jordan (November 1, 2011)

The opening and closing lines to this review are spot on. A few years back, I stumbled upon a ton of these new emo revivalist bands that sounded a lot like Mineral, and surprise, they're all breaking up. Joie de Vivre is another that comes to mind. That's exactly how it happened back in the early '00s, too. Kind of a shame.

cbsrocksteady (November 1, 2011)

My album of the year right next to Vacation. imo these guys blew all the other twinklers out of the water. They will be missed.

eatdogs (November 1, 2011)

that cover image is totally awesome. good band too.

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