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Lemuria - 2004 Demo [12-inch] (Cover Artwork)

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Lemuria: 2004 Demo [12-inch]2004 Demo [12-inch] (2012)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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On the one hand, Lemuria's "secret surprise" 12", which was available exclusively through the band's online store bundled with plenty of other goodies, is really just a vinyl pressing of the band's 2004 demo, which has been available at shows and online as a CD-R for years. On the other hand, the bu.
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On the one hand, Lemuria's "secret surprise" 12", which was available exclusively through the band's online store bundled with plenty of other goodies, is really just a vinyl pressing of the band's 2004 demo, which has been available at shows and online as a CD-R for years. On the other hand, the bundle is really cool and the vinyl comes with pretty colors. Seriously, my copy is clear with red, yellow and blue rings. It looks super neat. Plus I got lots of knick-knacks and a shirt.

Besides, the demo was always a strong set of songs that deserved a wider audience. Curiously absent from the group's rarities compilation, The First Collection, this demo boasted five songs of suped up, Superchunky indie rock. While the band hasn't quite nailed down its sound, the interwoven co-ed vocals and peppy pace is on par with anything on Get Better. The only thing not quite developed (besides the audio quality) is the lyrics: Alex Kerns can get pretty darn sexually explicit. "Let's Think About What Just Happened" is a little dirty ("Pull my belt / Lift my shirt / Kiss my chest and shove me onto the mattress"), but compared to "Gravity" or "The Origamists," it's nearly quaint.

But the tracks still dissect relationships in a poetic, occasionally dark fashion, just as Lemuria would go on to do with their later material. Guitarist/vocalist Sheena Ozzella sounds way younger here, but she's still got the same lungs. As a placeholder while Lemuria works on their next album for Bridge Nine, this demo is still just as good as when I first heard it. Coupled with the excellent presentation and bonus items, it's a worthy purchase for many a fan.

 

 
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Babrook (September 25, 2012)

"Getting Over Ourselves" is my favorite Lemuria song. This is a cool release and the vinyl has a really cool look to it. Kinda bummed that the 'surprise' turned out to be something I've already had for years but I'm still stoked to have it as part of my collection.

stephenpercent (September 25, 2012)

There should have been a spoiler warning for this review!

likeaparasite (September 25, 2012)

"Let's Think About What Happened" is the first great Lemuria song. Excellent example of how to alternate between male and female vocals effectively in a song. It's one of my favourite punk rock duets. And yes, for a song with such sexual lyrics, it sounds pretty innocent.

eatbicycles (September 25, 2012)

Kerns is a dry-goods genius. All of their merch and marketing ideas and promotions are neat, Lemuria and Art of the Underground.

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