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Person L/ Weatherbox - Split [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

Person L / Weatherbox

Person L/ Weatherbox: Split [7-inch]Split [7-inch] (2012)
Youth Conspiracy

Reviewer Rating: 4


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[Editor's note: The Person L/Weatherbox split was released by Youth Conspiracy, a label run by former Punknews.org Reviews Editor Scott Heisel. Staff reviewer Tori Pederson has no relationship with Heisel. So... there.] A split between Person L and Weatherbox makes sense. They've both been pumpin.
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[Editor's note: The Person L/Weatherbox split was released by Youth Conspiracy, a label run by former Punknews.org Reviews Editor Scott Heisel. Staff reviewer Tori Pederson has no relationship with Heisel. So... there.]


A split between Person L and Weatherbox makes sense. They've both been pumping out moody post-hardcore for a few years now, and they both have a keen sense of melody. The split represents another interesting step in the evolution of each.

Up first is Person L, whose atmospheric "OK" finds former Starting Line frontman Kenneth Vasoli doing his best Jesse Lacey impersonation. Its quiet-loud dynamics also suggest some Brand New influence. The next track, "Winter Clothes," is the more aggressive of the two and its distorted vocal effects make it sound more like something from Glassjaw's Worship and Tribute than anything in Vasoli's back catalog. At a scant two minutes, it is the shortest song on the split, and could stand to be a little longer. I wouldn't complain about another go around of the chorus.

I haven't paid too much attention to Weatherbox outside of 2007's American Art, but judging by the songs on this split, I should start. Their songs here are more straightforward and urgent than Person L's, and "Kickflips For Weeks" in particular has an almost power pop vibe underneath its biting, angular guitars. Frontman Brian Warren has a voice that falls somewhere between Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull and At the Drive-In's Cedric Bixler-Zavala that complements the music quite nicely.

Both Person L and Weatherbox bring something unique and interesting to the table on this split. Both groups wear their influences on their sleeves, but also have strong identities of their own. This is an enjoyable, short (the whole affair clocks in at 12 minutes) slice of post-hardcore that has made this reviewer take another look at both bands and will surely see me checking out their other works that I may have missed. Fans of the genre would do well to pick this split up.

 

 
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maverick (March 2, 2012)

@Blackjaw: Youi're right, these Weatherbox songs were recorded before Follow The Rattle Of The Afghan Guitar. An additional reason the Afghan EP sounds so great is that it was specifically mastered for vinyl.

-Scott

renaldo69 (March 2, 2012)

andy hull and cedric are some tall comparisons.
that said, wooden soldiers = person L's best song

eatdogs (March 2, 2012)

awesome bands right here.

i also like that pixelated artwork. looks like a closeup to a supernintendo game.

Blackjaw_ (March 2, 2012)

I was a bit disappointed by the Weatherbox songs at first, but only because they're one of my all-time favourite bands and the mixing seemed a bit weird. I don't know when they recorded their side... I'm assuming before "Afghan Guitar", because they're not as good as the songs on that EP. But they quickly grew on me and I've been listening to this a lot.

Person L's side is great too; "OK" is pretty damn awesome. Looking forward to whatever they do next.

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