Brazil - Dasein (Cover Artwork)


Brazil: DaseinDasein (2002)
Fearless Records

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Contributed by: maverickScott
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Fearless Records, do you have no shame? Yes, At The Drive-In was one of the most original bands to come out of the 90s, and yes, they were on your label for a time, and yes you're still milking it for all it's worth. But must you further exploit their legacy by signing the biggest ATDI ripoffs I'v.
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Fearless Records, do you have no shame? Yes, At The Drive-In was one of the most original bands to come out of the 90s, and yes, they were on your label for a time, and yes you're still milking it for all it's worth. But must you further exploit their legacy by signing the biggest ATDI ripoffs I've ever heard?

Yes, that's right, I'm talking about Brazil. Guys, here's a piece of advice - anyone who has ever even had a passing interest in At The Drive-In will take one listen to you guys and realize just how bad you're plagiarizing them. The spoken word bit in "Canon," the dual vocalists in "Saturn Parkway," the catchy guitar harmonies of "Monolithic" - it's all been done before, and it was much, much better the first time around.

To add to the overall crap factor of the CD, the artwork is *horrendous.* Whoever did the layout for this CD should be shot. The font itself is godawful, it's one of those fonts you use in AOL Instant Messenger or something, and it looks amateur as all hell. Musically, the guitarists [I'm guessing there's two, since there's six guys in the band, but they don't say who does what in the liner notes] are pretty talented, and it sounds like they just have a mile long strip of effects pedals to play with. Nothing too wrong with that. But guys, fire your bassist and vocalist! Where Cedric's machine-gun delivery was perfectly accentuated with his over the top yowls and screams, the singer of this band [again, they don't say who does what - kind of makes sense, I'd be embarassed to be the singer of this band] is horribly out of tune and needlessly snotty. The bassist sounds like he just picked up the instrument a week before recording, as it's some of the most simplistic stuff I've ever heard for a band that should be more technical than this [given the style they're playing].

On the plus side, the band does make good use of a piano player in the band, as well as the use of a string quartet in some songs. The EP's closer "It Keeps The Machine Running" actually leaves me with some hope for the band - this track's swirling guitars, sliding piano, and swelling string section carry the song past the 5 minute mark, and it sounds really good.

So while Fearless seems to be blatently expoiting the memory of one of their few original bands, we can only hope that Brazil can put away their "Relationship of Command" CDs and try to come up with something more original the next time around.


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Anonymous (July 9, 2004)

i've conlcuded that scott needs to come off his at-the-drive-in holier than thou high horse. at the drive in is done, let it go. don't bash talented musicians because you pick up on tiny, meaningless similarities between them and another band. not everyone is trying to fill the void left by at the drive in. just because you review an album doesn't give you licence to put down it's contents. as for any actual similarities...if brazil sounds so much like at the drive in...the band you so voraciously defend...shouldn't you like them? no....because you review on "punknews"

Anonymous (December 28, 2003)

brazil has finished an album and it will be coming out in early 04 (march most likely). and as stated previously, it is completely full of atdi covers... enjoy!

Anonymous (October 28, 2003)

I have only heard Brazil like one time, and I could give a shit about At the Drive-In, but Fearless has put out some good shit, Bigwig, Near Miss, and some other cool shit and comps.

Anonymous (August 20, 2003)

2 new songs! (actually they are ATDI covers)


Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

the songs i heard (2,3,4 on the album, i think) sound nothing like at the drive in. at all... this band is at least trying to do something that a million other bands haven't already ruined.... last comment: if the spoken word song sounds like atdi's "invalid litter dept." then it sounds just as much like weezer's "sweater song" or nada surf's "popular"... spoken word songs suck, but at least the music on this one was interesting. fuck off to CD reviews anyway. reading this crappy review made me want to buy an album i would otherwise have had no interest in.


maverick (November 8, 2002)


Zing, dude.



benjamin (November 7, 2002)

first off, thanks to everyone for the kind and critical comments.. they are always taken to heart. i think it's great that people on the site can comment on reviews. Now I just need to find online bass lessons.

Anonymous (November 7, 2002)

Oh yeah, Fearless didnt give us the Aquabats...Timebomb did. Fearless only released the b-sides album.

Anonymous (November 7, 2002)

StabbingGoldfish is right. I remember when Junction 18 was beggining to be marketed by Fearless the exact quote was "A mix between Weezer and Saves The Day"

Anonymous (November 7, 2002)

The movie is completely brilliant...If only the band followed it's example.

REALPUNX4LIFE (November 7, 2002)

Brazil is my favorite movie of all time. I know very little, though, about the country and the band. I'm sure they're both pretty dumb, though.

StabbingGoldfish (November 7, 2002)

FeedMyNightmare, dude, chill out, I love the bats, and bigwig too...but I was refering to Fearless promoting thier bands by saying "They sound like this this this and this" when all they are bands that rip the style of mentioned bands..Plain white t's come to mind..

relay1112 (November 6, 2002)

It's good music. Sure they are 75% influenced by ATDI and sound very similar, but they do not play exactly the same kind of music. If they did, ATDI would be soooo so much better. But Brazil mixes it up a bit and end up coming out a really good band. I'm lookin forward to their new CD, should be good. But am I the only one that HATED Canon? The spoken word part is so fucking corny: "the words of a dismembered poet" or something. Cliche.

killer (November 6, 2002)

This band sounds SO LITTLE like ATDI... w/ exception of the poetry / spoken word song (track #4). so the vocals are quirky and on strange keys... reminds me more of Les Savy Fav than ATDI. the shit is good, shows a promising future. i see the comparison, but then again i don't. no where near as distorted guitar driven. both bands are great. and go check out atreyu... they fuckin ROCK the kasbah.

Anonymous (November 6, 2002)

Yeah man,What was Atdi thinking playing with the ever so talented drive thru roster, ESPECIALLY the RX bandits. They were so out of their league with all that talent around...

seek (November 6, 2002)

when will people stop comparing the clash and rancid. they really aren't similar at all, other than they both incorporated ska. the clash did it a lot better. they did everything a lot better. the result was completely different--not just because it was better--it was just a totally different sound.

Anonymous (November 6, 2002)

The guy who said ATDI sucks says that he just got here.....probably because he is some trendy highschooler who listens to Good Charlotte and wouldn't know good music if it hit him in the groin. ATDI rule more than most other bands on this "punk" site.

WussEmoRock (November 6, 2002)

recordings, I've already made my enemies (everyone) but I agree with you, i really didn't like atdi at all, and sparta was even worse. they played at the drive-thru night at the glasshouse for the rx bandits cd release show and got booed off the stage, quite poor


FeedMyNightmare (November 5, 2002)

StabbingGoldfish , shut the fuck up. I hope you do smack yourself against the computer untill your head explodes. Fearless has given us Bigwig, Dynamite Boy and THE AQUABATS!...so, please quiet yourself. And Scott, can you go through a review wo/ comparing one band to another? ahhh this board....

recordings (November 5, 2002)

am i the only one who thought ATDI was just a fucking shitty band? seriously. i spose thats not too smart of me, considering im new to the commenting boards, an gee golly i might make some enemies, but man. i hated those guys. sparta can lick one too. turn it off.

Anonymous (November 5, 2002)

Wow. Terrible review. This cd is incredible. Yes they are quite obviously ATDI influenced. So what? I like it. The piano sounds amazing. This cd is probably one of the best things to be released this year.


abileneINlove (November 5, 2002)

These guys opened up for a band I played in close to two years ago. It was incredible. The energy and sincerity they displayed was literally jaw dropping. Their drummer was unbelievable even with one arm broken.

I haven't heard this EP, and will concede it may sound heavily derivative of ATDI, but I would like to personally vouch for thier overall intensity as a live band.

Anonymous (November 5, 2002)

eventhough this band is a direct copy cat of ATDI, it still sounds fresh to me and it only reminds me off how awesome ATDI was. I think of this band as a tribute...in the spirit of Rancid playing punk in the vein of the Clash

Anonymous (November 5, 2002)

There's not a person alive that will tell me that "Canon" doesn't sound EXACTLY like a shitty remix of "Invalid Letter Dept." A very large waste of time.

Anonymous (November 5, 2002)

it culd have been good if the vocalist didnt sound like he was 13 and snotty, a complete mismatch with the bands sound. NO depth or energy, just this little whiny voice. It cant carry the songs.


Anonymous (November 5, 2002)

there's a lot of buzz about this band, i'd like to hear a second opinion...-bigjerk

StabbingGoldfish (November 5, 2002)

Fearless records as a whole makes me wanna smack my head into my keyboard several times.

Anonymous (November 5, 2002)

Holy crap scott these guys sound nothing like ATDI - sure their guitars are similar but shit man did you even listen?

Tahoejeff (November 5, 2002)

yup...it sucks

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