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Great Apes / Know Your Saints - Split [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

Great Apes / Know Your Saints

Great Apes / Know Your Saints: Split [7-inch]Split [7-inch] (2012)
Say-10 Records

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So, this split by Great Apes and Know Your Saints is not bad. Great Apes have a sort of post-hardcore-lite thing going on that I wouldn't mind hearing more of. Of their two songs, I'd give a slight nod to "The Quack and the Leper Master," which features a pretty sharp little breakdown leading in .
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So, this split by Great Apes and Know Your Saints is not bad.

Great Apes have a sort of post-hardcore-lite thing going on that I wouldn't mind hearing more of. Of their two songs, I'd give a slight nod to "The Quack and the Leper Master," which features a pretty sharp little breakdown leading in to the chorus that makes my heart happy. This isn't Bear vs Shark, this isn't At the Drive In, this isn't even the Constantines, but its a close enough cousin that makes me think there is some real potential here.

The Know Your Saints half of the split is a little tougher to talk about. See, in a vacuum, their two tracks "Skyscrapers, Smokesignals" and "Deconstruction" are the better songs. Here's the rub, though: we don't live in a vacuum and it's impossible for me to listen to these songs and not hear them for the Lawrence Arms (that'd be "Skyscrapers") and Banner Pilot ("Deconstruction," natch) ripoffs that they are.

Let me take a moment to address the band directly.

Now, I'm not trying to be a dick here, Know Your Saints. I really like both of the songs you put on this split and I don't begrudge you for trying to ape your heroes. That's what all the good bands do: you steal from the greats and use their bones to make your own songs. Eventually, your songwriting comes full form and you don't have to look to your influences as much. However, there is a difference between "looking to your influences for guidance" and "almost totally aping style and sound" and I'm afraid you guys just came down on the wrong side of it this time around.

If nothing else, the split serves as a good introduction to both bands and suggests that Great Apes and Know Your Saints could be groups to keep an eye on in 2013 and beyond. In this late 2012 hour, however, it still sounds like both bands are trying to find their sound.

 

 
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megafpf5k (February 11, 2013)

I"m a big Ghost fan, but I was digging the rancid-esque punk Great Apes spewed on its first recordings. Don't get me wrong, love their songs... but hope they write more Great Apes songs in the future and not Ghost songs (I'd gladly accept a Ghost reunion for that). As for Know Your Saints, dead on about the Lawrence Arms sound, but still decent

iamdamian (December 20, 2012)

This shit is GREAT! One of my favorite splits of the year. Yet another case of the wrong reviewer reviewing the right record!

mrdogg45 (December 20, 2012)

Hey, badsceneyourfault, postPunk and Rodeo:

Happy holidays! Hope you three have a great new year! Thanks for reading punknews.org!

Chanceisasound (December 19, 2012)

Love this split!

Rodeo (December 19, 2012)

Quite possibly the best split of the entire year. Whack-ass review.

postPunk (December 18, 2012)

Love the 7 inch. Shitty review of it though. It slipped into my top 10 last minute.

badsceneyourfault (December 18, 2012)

ThIs split is fantastic! Review and writer are off base and have bad taste.

Kickaha (December 18, 2012)

B Moss can do no wrong. Know Your Saints sound solid too.

Betteroffskankin (December 18, 2012)

Great Apes are sounding more and more like The Ghost. It makes me happy that Brian Moss is still on top of his game.

travisx (December 18, 2012)

I hear bits and pieces of Jawbreaker whenever I listen to Know Your Saints, especially when listening to their back catalogue.

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