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The Lawrence Arms - News From Yalta E.P. [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

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The Lawrence Arms: News From Yalta E.P. [7-inch]News From Yalta E.P. [7-inch] (2014)
Epitaph Records

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If you already can't get enough of Metropole and you are foaming at the mouth for more, it may seem obvious, but look no further than News From Yalta. This E.P. has three songs that can easily fit on The Lawrence Arms' new full length. One may pose the question, "Well why didn't they just put these .


If you already can't get enough of Metropole and you are foaming at the mouth for more, it may seem obvious, but look no further than News From Yalta. This E.P. has three songs that can easily fit on The Lawrence Arms' new full length. One may pose the question, "Well why didn't they just put these songs on Metropole?" One answer would be, "Well they come on the deluxe version of the album on iTunes," but the better answer is "Don't question it and just listen because this E.P. is fantastic!"

The A-side consists of two songs, the first one being "These Pigs Seem to be Getting the Best of Me." Of all the songs (including those on Metropole) this is one of less-gloomier sounding songs and has some very relatable lyrics: "Sometimes I like to lay in bed and pretend like I died/ Sometimes I lay like that til the day becomes night". This song is also pretty self-deprecating and self-questioning, too: "To finally face all the work I still need to get done/To quit being such a pussy". In terms of the musical aspects of this song, Kelly's bass is a little more dominant than usual, especially in the introduction. Neil Hennessy's drumming is also particularly excellent in this song because he plays some great fills that fit in perfectly.

The second song on this side is called "Bonfire Park." This track is where Chris McCaughan truly shines vocally and musically. Like every Lawrence Arms record, when he takes the lead vocals, and Brendan takes the back up vocals, they of course they absolutely kill it (and yes, vice-versa as well), not to mention the great imagery in the lyrics: "There are no days ahead/The sky burns yellow, orange, and red." Also, Chris makes really good use of (what I believe to be) the reverb on his guitar in this song. The effect blends very well with the guitar licks and fills he plays throughout the song, which are creative and really clever. It not only takes a lot of talent to write and play those kinds of fills, but especially so if the band were to play this song live.

The B-side's song is called "The Profiteers." It has a totally different tone musically compared to the other songs. It's much happier-sounding and Kelly's vocals are raspy to the point where they are reminiscent of some of his lead vocals on Oh! Calcutta! What's cool about "The Profiteers" is that it has a very prevalent political and socio-economic message in the lyrics. They are filled with dark and disgusting humor that are aimed at the super rich and/or those looking to make a quick buck no matter what the cost or who or what they hurt: "They're marching on my face/They're dancing on the grave/That I ain't even in and But if it smells like shit and it looks like shit/ Then my friend, you can bet you get rich off it." More importantly, even though there is a message in this song, they didn't write it in an obnoxiously preachy way. Bands have a tendency to do that, but not this one. After listening to the two previous and more serious songs, it's really nice that they ended this E.P. on a note that has a serious overtone mixed with some lightheartedness and humor.

Note to my fellow vinyl nerds: This 7-inch was pressed in two different colors - 800 in translucent orange and 1200 in black.

 

 
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Iookingforcorpses (February 5, 2014)

im a cunt

psi81 (February 4, 2014)

"News from Yalta" is another chapter title from "The Master and Margarita." They seem to really love that book, there are so many references to it in their music!

Yossarian (February 4, 2014)

renetohc, i did the preorder and got d/l's for both, also ordered the orange, got the smokey blue/grey lp but a black 7", not sure what that was about but didn't complain of not getting the orange 7" cause well, smokey blue/grey

renatohc (February 4, 2014)

thanks, @shaumpton

cameronfits (February 4, 2014)

i had only received it for the lp and shot them a message, they sent the ep within a few hours

schaumpton (February 4, 2014)

@renatohc, I received download codes for the EP and the full length from Kings.

renatohc (February 4, 2014)

did the guys that preordered the LP and this 7 from kings road get a download for both or just for the LP?

filbunke (February 4, 2014)

"Pigs" is great. The other two songs are pretty good.

jeffw (February 3, 2014)

I find myself listening to these three almost more than the album.

coolhand (February 3, 2014)

I love that The Profiteers references Raising Arizona with the line about the "negro born with his heart on the outside."

telegraphrocks (February 3, 2014)

Oh, shit.
Miki, I think you're right. I could totally be wrong on whether the LP or 7" had a "Midwest Exclusive Color".
You're probably right.

Sorry, reviewer! My bad!

miki (February 3, 2014)

Good tunes but I'm glad they're not on the album. Also super nerd alert, I think there's only two colors for the 7 inch, but three for the full length. I got a smoky grey/blue copy of Metropole and an orange copy of the EP.

kursk64 (February 3, 2014)

Wasn't a huge fan when I first heard it, but its been a real grower. Pigs... especially really really grew on me, and Bonfire Park is great too. Huge call about leaving Metropole off the full length. One of my favourite songs off the record.

telegraphrocks (February 3, 2014)

Pretty good b-sides.
I think "Bonfire Park" and "The Profiteers" should be on this EP, but "Pigs" should have gone to the full-length, and "Metropole" relegated to the b-side bunch (title-track, obviously, but it's my least favorite on the full-length).

Also, nerd, there are THREE different color variants of the 7-inch. Random people from the Midwest that pre-ordered are getting some other special / very-limited color.

moistphily (February 3, 2014)

Metropole is fantastic but these not so much. Can clearly see why they didn't make the record.

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