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Various Artists: 4-way split4-way split (2013)
Run For Cover

Reviewer Rating: 3


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Run For Cover Records have been killing it for quite a while now and this 4-way split is no different in its diverse ensemble. There's a cool blend offerred that no doubt will have you casting eyes on at least a couple of these bands for music further on down the line. Guaranteed. However, the balan.
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Run For Cover Records have been killing it for quite a while now and this 4-way split is no different in its diverse ensemble. There's a cool blend offerred that no doubt will have you casting eyes on at least a couple of these bands for music further on down the line. Guaranteed. However, the balance of the split is a tad disjointed and while not totally detrimental, it does hamper the vibe at times.

Tigers Jaw kick things off with a stark reminder just why they'll be missed. "Fake Death" is filled to the brim with their best elements of tortured and morose pop-punk, with Brianna Collins' overlaying vocals a highlight. They always put out stuff that's short but sweet and this is no different. It's actually a brilliant segue into the follow-up, "Beverly Wyatt," which instills just why The World Is A Beautiful Place and I'm No Longer Afraid To Die are a band destined to make larger waves. This is pure indie-folk-pop without sticking to any cliched ballad format. The subtle backup vocals, with tinges of a screamo style, fits their harmonic vibe well and the melody ripples perfectly.

Tempering the poppier elements of the A-side are Code Orange Kids. Their hardcore-grind has been very well-received thus far, but they lack the edge to separate them from the pack. COK are decent, don't get me wrong, but despite their start-stop setup and hardcore influences, it's just not resonating when "VI (Worm Fears God // God Fears Youth)" plays. There's something lacking. This careens into "Holy Trend" by Self Defense Family, which does a good job mixing an indie/post-hardcore vibe but still, it's not as enticing. Saying this is dull wouldn't be right, but it's surely not imposing.

The first half of this split is a nifty vibe from a couple bands I really love but the balance is lost right after. It isn't typical of a RFC record but that's the risk you run when you plump for diversity on a short split. Still, you'll surely leave this split with something new to run down.

 


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SilentStorms (June 20, 2013)

I don't like this band. But certainly I have some COK.

mattpants (June 19, 2013)

I don't mind Tiger's Jaw but they have only rarely done stuff I truly like. The World Is song is pretty great.

That Self Defense Family song... what the fuck was that? It sounds like someone mocking an old hardcore band.

gugl0003 (June 18, 2013)

I disagree with this review. COK's song is monstrous and the SDF one is a rewarding listen for super-fans like me. I thought the other two songs were decent, but nothing to write home about.

renaldo69 (June 18, 2013)

@pokin...agreed. the other 2 tracks, not bad, but I couldn't get into them as much

pokinatcha (June 18, 2013)

The Tigers Jaw and World is a Beautiful Place tracks on here are excellent. The latter's recent album is also very good.

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