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PEARS

PEARS: Go To PrisonGo To Prison (2014)
Self-Released

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PEARS is an up and coming hardcore punk band from New Orleans, Louisiana that released their debut album, Go To Prison in late June. If you are a listener of Off With Their Heads singer and guitarist, Ryan Young's Anxious and Angry podcast you would have heard him rave about this band and play some .
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PEARS is an up and coming hardcore punk band from New Orleans, Louisiana that released their debut album, Go To Prison in late June. If you are a listener of Off With Their Heads singer and guitarist, Ryan Young's Anxious and Angry podcast you would have heard him rave about this band and play some of their songs in episode 20.

Ryan Young was not wrong about raving about PEARS. It's very rare that a self—released debut album sounds this amazing and is this original all at once. Typically the songs on this record start with Minor Threat or Black Flag—sound verses, then transition into these extremely melodic choruses, and then the songs go back to being hardcore. This may seem like this can't be done without sounding disjointed and awkward, but this band does it without being any of those things. In fact they have mastered this art. Take the song "Terrible" as an example. This song starts out with this ominous hardcore sound that builds up a ton of tension until the song transitions into this melodic, but incredibly anthemic—sounding chorus with perfect back up vocals, and ends very quickly with the hardcore sound. The song "Forever Sad," instead of having one main melodic chorus, switches between the hardcore verses and the melodic parts several times, until they get to the perfectly placed Suicidal Tendencies Easter egg in the instrumental bridge.

To mix things up on this record, PEARS also recorded a cover of The Ramones song "Judy Is A Punk." They didn't turn it into a hardcore song, but they did make it their own. Their version of this song is faster, louder, and angrier than the original. Its definitely the most poppy—sounding song on Go To Prison, but PEARS added a much needed, updated edge to the song.

PEARS is an awesome band and they have an incredibly refreshing and unique sound that they have brought to the hardcore subgenre.


 

 
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filbunke (September 4, 2014)

I think I'll give this 4 stars

bandgeekmafia78 (August 22, 2014)

Really good this.

9mind8 (August 21, 2014)

Checked this out and bought it straight away. Plenty going on in the songs. Lots of replay value with this I suspect.

filbunke (August 21, 2014)

Never heard of these guys before.. checked out a few tracks on Spotify. Sounds great!

flowerfeeder (August 21, 2014)

This band rules. Saw them open for Red City Radio and A Wilhelm Scream a few months back in New Orleans. Best band from this area in years.

By the way, Ryan is releasing this soon on vinyl via his Anxious & Angry imprint.

CornDogsOnFire (August 20, 2014)

This dude's scream sounds like Goldfinger sort of. Anyone else?

rorydude (August 20, 2014)

wouldnt the ramones version be louder if you just turned the volume up?

deputywinston (August 20, 2014)

Reminds me of a more hardcore-influenced Descendents. Killer.

akroye (August 20, 2014)

Been listening to this nonstop.

thegoodthebadandme (August 20, 2014)

i haven't stopped listening to this since it came out. easily one of the best records of the year.

Phantom_maggot (August 20, 2014)

Reminds me of New Mexican Disaster Squad.

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