A Static Lullaby - And Don't Forget To Breathe (Cover Artwork)

A Static Lullaby

A Static Lullaby: And Don't Forget To BreatheAnd Don't Forget To Breathe (2003)
Ferret Records

Reviewer Rating: 3
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Contributed by: maverickScott
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Hey Drive Thru kids - like Finch but are sick of fat 14 year old girls falling in love with them too? Hey indie scenesters - like Glassjaw but are sick of frat boys and brohams spilling their beers and fondling your girlfriends at their concerts? Well then do I have the band for both of you! .
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Hey Drive Thru kids - like Finch but are sick of fat 14 year old girls falling in love with them too?

Hey indie scenesters - like Glassjaw but are sick of frat boys and brohams spilling their beers and fondling your girlfriends at their concerts?

Well then do I have the band for both of you! They're called A Static Lullaby, and they sound like Finch and Glassjaw. I'm sure all you indier-than-thou kids are going to leave comments saying "fuck you, this band is so much better than those two," but I could honestly care less. Every time I put this CD on, I say "wow, this sounds like Finch and Glassjaw" [go listen to "The Shooting Star That Destroyed Us" and tell me it doesn't sound like a Finch b-side]. That's not neccessarily a bad thing - I like both of those bands to a degree. But have you ever heard the phrase "two's company, three's a crowd?" This more or less applies here. I already have "Worship and Tribute" and "What It Is To Burn" in my collection, so what reason do I have to keep this CD around?

In defense of the band, though, the music is good, just derivative as all hell. The only time they break from the mold is on "A Sip Of Wine Chased With Cyanide," which unfortunately comes off sounding like a ripoff of At The Drive-In's "One Armed Scissor."

The band does have promise, however, and I don't mean to be bashing them this badly as the album does sound good. The artwork for the disc is also spectacular, so they definitely get points for that.

I'll probably keep this CD, but I doubt if it will ever get many more spins in my CD player. But for those of you who fall into either one of the two categories I first mentioned, this band is for you. Jump in their bandwagon before their hype swallows them up.

The Shooting Star That Destroyed Us All
Love To Hate, Hate To Me


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Satelliteyrs (October 2, 2006)

crazy cd

Anonymous (December 14, 2005)

i agree with the last comment!! :))

LouiTheFish (October 25, 2005)

god damn this album rocks

Anonymous (June 13, 2005)

i find this album to be truly inspiring

toogoodformtv1012 (May 8, 2005)

loved the record
loved the "Lipgloss and Letdown" viedo
how many bands shoot viedos like that
they are like scremo/emo
i recomend this to everybody
(not their second album)

if u dont like the first song listen to another (dont give up on them that easly)
i have been listening to this cd for like a year, never gets old
too good for mtv

Anonymous (May 1, 2005)

Wow, how could anybody say Glassjaw sucks? *ponders* Oh well... Albums pretty good... Sometimes the vocals make me laugh...

Anonymous (April 2, 2005)

there an awsome band..for those people who think they know everything about music...pull the god damn stick out of your asses for christ sake...its good music...there lyrics have meaning...and im sry but the old bands are the old bands...they are good...but you cannot compare those old bands to our new generation...get over it fuck

Anonymous (January 30, 2005)

f***k you all for doubting this c.d, maybe you should actually listen to it thoughly before judging it.

Anonymous (October 9, 2003)

Come to think of it, they sound alot more like Grade than the other 2 bands. Screaming over pop-punk music. I like Grade a little more though


Anonymous (July 9, 2003)

Come on...fuck all you bastards...give these guys some fucking credit. Listen to their work. You guys have a bias opinion about these guys. Every person that hated them on here probably used the word cliche. You guys don't even care how much effort these guys make. I've seen them twice and both times they were outstanding...amazing. Their drummer is just simply amazing by himself. I mean really...listen to them and tell me they aren't fucking great at what they do. I know in the back of your mind you will like them a little but since you're such an ignorant prick, you'll just say you don't like them to all your buddies.

Anonymous (June 29, 2003)

first of all i hate glassjaw with a passion, hate everything about them... though i do like finch and a static lullaby... glassjaw in my opinion is one of the worst bands out there

Anonymous (June 4, 2003)

Q-Who has a small dick?
A-The guy who compared AFI to the Misfits and thought he was being original and insightful.

Dude, AFI themselves list Danzig as an inspiration, and that same comment has been made some 1 million times before. You are not clever and you are not funny. You have an inadequate penis and you try to compensate by making wanky comments. You have succeeded.


Oh yeah this band reminds me of all the other screamo shit out at the moment. I don't mind it...

Anonymous (May 8, 2003)

you can shit on this band all you want, but their live show definitely makes up for what you claim they lack. their performance and stage presence blew finch out of the water and drowned them before you could even say "drive-thru." this band is what finch should have sounded like all along.

inagreendase (March 20, 2003)

this is bar none the best album of the year so far. i might change my opinion after april though (lagwagon, less than jake, rise against, no motiv releases)

Anonymous (February 1, 2003)

AFI is terrible. listen to the misfits...or danzig.

I'm so happy that someone has come out and said that.

I pray that most AFI fans realize that they are just a Misfits-ripoff. If you want the real thing, put the Misfits in.

newjackshit (January 31, 2003)

attention: the Rise

it's 1996....refused called, they want their riffs back.

a static lullaby is boring.

Anonymous (January 31, 2003)

Ferret Records is probably the best, most consistant label out there right now. Except for this cd, which isn't that good at all. SkyCameFalling (rip) is fucking amazing and so is The Rise.

Anonymous (January 31, 2003)

What is IRC and how did you get the entire new AFI album off of it?

newjackshit (January 31, 2003)

AFI is terrible. listen to the misfits...or danzig.

Anonymous (January 30, 2003)

Damn dude, some of that new AFI album really rocks. I just downloaded "Dancing Through Sunday".....it's really fucking great. I got a couple others that were good too.

waste_elite (January 30, 2003)

"Against Me blow so fucking much it's actually sad."

you are an idiot

Daegan (January 30, 2003)

"the comment about the artwork being good when it was first done on a converge record is priceless. the graphic designers at record labels need to find some new overlay brushes online. the whole, dirty over exposed overlay thing is old and contrived. people should start using flowers and baby birds. flowers and baby birds are far more "metal" then medical details and mechanical sketches. "metal" is for pussies these days...and this isn't even "metal""

I agree; the "grunge" style (as it is referred to by designers) is not just overdone, but impossibly simple to do with a few good photoshop brushes. This isn't to say it should never be done; just less often. The last good "grunge" cd cover I saw was Thrice's Illusion of Safety.

As for the band? Holy shit, I actually like them. To me, they don't really sound like Glassjaw or Finch...more like a pissed-off Jimmy Eat World.
This is mostly a Good Thingâ?˘.

newjackshit (January 30, 2003)

the comment about the artwork being good when it was first done on a converge record is priceless. the graphic designers at record labels need to find some new overlay brushes online. the whole, dirty over exposed overlay thing is old and contrived. people should start using flowers and baby birds. flowers and baby birds are far more "metal" then medical details and mechanical sketches. "metal" is for pussies these days...and this isn't even "metal"

Anonymous (January 30, 2003)

You're right Jordan, don't forget Everytime I die!

Anonymous (January 30, 2003)

right...because ya know, Remembering Never, The Rise, Blood Has Been Shed, and FATA all sound identical...yup... - Jordan Pastepunk

fallingtopieces (January 30, 2003)

Is it just me or does every band on Ferret Records sound the same? Anyways, yeah these guys sound like the new run of the mill style of the month.

Anonymous (January 30, 2003)

Good Riddance is on the next atticus comp.? Fuck...thats reason enough to buy it. That band kicks so much fucking ass it's scary. And Against Me! is a pretty damn creative band, they have some great songs. AFI is a bit overated, but they still have some good stuff. Hoit Water Muisc is good stuff. But this band is just too radio friendly, it sounds like you could hear it on the radio anyday.

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

To that dude talking about the Atticus 2 comp, HWM recieve free shit from atticus, along with a whole lot of other bands, such as Good Riddance and the Alkaline Trio, which is probably the reason at least they are on the next comp.

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

Against Me blow so fucking much it's actually sad. AFI are one of the most overrated bands, and A Static Lullaby pretty much suck my balls as well. You know what I hate though? All these people coming on here and telling me to like other bands. Shit like "This blows, try listening to HWM". Fuck man, Everyone knows who HWM are, and everyones heard of Shai Halud and atreyu and shit, and if they don't like them by now, I don't think they will in the future. However, not everyone has heard of A Static Lullaby, which makes this review informative and helpful. This is the exact reason why I never post of this site.

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

This band would rock if they fired everyone, hired all the guys in against me and played against me cover songs.

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

I don't think it's bad....just not great.

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

I actually liked that "Girl Is Grey" by AFI.

But I still think they are the most overrated band ever next to NOFX.

CallingLondon (January 29, 2003)

jesus, this dude sounds like his throat's gonna explode. it's alright. it's no andrew wk though.

just kidding

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

wow, i really didn't mind this band that much.
and what happens when i like these guys, HWM, and Shai Hulud? maybe i haven't been into indie music long enough for this to be cliché to me. i'm just starting to listen to old emo like Rites of Spring and Still Life, so maybe after a while it will be worn out and tired... but for now i like it.

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

I reckon the new AFI album will be funny as hell. Just because they are so proud of it, and it sucks so bad. If Girl's not grey is anything to go by. I really can't stand that fucking song.

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

Another shitty band with an emo name. Weak, weak, weak. By the way, Atticus 2 will feature tracks by HWM, D4 and JTB. What the fuck?!

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

sing the sorrow is kind of like a black sails meets art of drowning. i'm not sure if i like it yet.

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

I just got the full AFI album off IRC so I actually have heard the album in it's entirity. It flows VERY well, if you only heard the first 40 seconds of every song how can you expect it flow, moron. Also, Now The World and Rievers Music aren't on the album. It has a much harder feel then those songs did.

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

Yeah.....I just heard the whole entire new AFI album....well, I heard the first 40 seconds of every single song, they have them on Kazaa, only not in full form...i don't know who is putting this stuff online, at first all of the girls not grey mp3s were either radio snippets or actually Morning Star off the last album, then all of a sudden all of the songs were disguised as new afi songs but were actually rap songs! now these half songs...whatever. Considering tha I heard most of the record I guess I can give a general viewpoint. It's not typical AFI at all, Davey seems to scream a lot and some of it seems hardcore like the song "Death Of Seasons" and some of it is really mellow. Some of it doesn't work, but some of the songs are good. You'll have to chek itout, it's not great...but not terrible either.

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

Has anybody heard the "other" new AFI song? It's called celluloid dream and it sounds just like this shit! Davey tries to scream and mix his mellow vocals together.....it's really quite funny!

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

they blow live, the singer sucks and they blow, atreyu owns them...but they suck real bad as well, should go fuck eachother in the mouth whilelistening to thursday

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

this band and atreyu are so pathetically cliche and trite its sad.

its ok to try something new guys...

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

Radio friendly. You can't sing like a pop rock band, put in crunching riffs and an occasional weak scream and make any difference.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

Wasn't digging them.

This score is for Finch and Glassjaw.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

GLASSJAW gets the 5 stars

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

Static Lullaby are great, you're most definately not giving these guys enough credit. They're also amazing live.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

Off topic....did anyone else see Bush's horrid speech!?

Josiah (January 28, 2003)

not bad, not bad.

inagreendase (January 28, 2003)

i like how everyone isn't quite going apeshit over how bad they are, but there seems to be a pretty consistent tone in which nobody really likes them. there's no way a static lullaby can currently be exclusively classified as indie anyway, as their hype is being blown way out of proportion to do so. they're featured on interpunk and absolutepunk, and right now probably own the title of having the most anticipated album of january, except for maybe useless i.d. who are kinda getting better even though their split is probably the best style for them. but anyway, i will get this album really soon and they seem to be really good. definitely not nearly as chaotic as glassjaw but the finch comparison is as "no shit" as telling me new found glory - no, check that, good charlotte - is one of the most hated bands. but i will admit that this album would never ever display a drive-thru records logo on the jewel case.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

youre comparing finch and glassjaw as if theyre the same band. glassjaw has 100 times the talent of finch.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

they demos were a lot better than the actual album tracks.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

one part sounds like bayside . . and not quite as poppy as finch . .

WussEmoRock (January 28, 2003)

Let me say 2 things for you all...

1) Scott, excellent review.

2) My band played with these guys about 2 years agoi, and let me tell you Static Lullaby have come a long way. They use to be, in my opinion at least, terrible, but now they are tolerable (and good to some people).


Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

I don't think you're opening that many people's minds abotu HWM. They are pretty popular now and most people have heard them or listen to them.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

apparently i'm the only one who likes a static lullaby on this board...

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

"(don't forget to) breathe" was the name of a compilation that came out on crank records in january 1997, which is possibly why that name sounds so cliche right now.
by the way, that comp has two of the greatest bands ever on it: mineral and hot water music... go do yourselves a favor and buy "endserenading" or "forever and counting" and leave this shitty water-downed trash behind.

pope_schlomo (January 28, 2003)

Nice opener Scott, for a minute there I thought you were selling Girls Gone Wild video tapes or some stupid shit.


Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

im sorry, i find glassjaw a little more up to the weather than this. they are musicians.. and this guys melodies are weak.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

That second paragraph is gold.


Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

what a horrible band name

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

good review.

yep that's all I got to say...

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

It does sound like Finch, holy shit. Maybe a little harder sometimes. Finch isn't all that great either though. I think I like this bands music a little more.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

i'm an indie kid and fuck you...this sounds excactly liek both of those bands so fuck you for trying to tell me how i'm going to feel. and fuck all of you for not ever reviewing le shok's only full length and fuck you for not knowing how great the red onions are and fuck you just cause.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

this shit is whack yo

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

I like a few of their songs.

but yes, the album title is such a cliche. And... that deep hardcore scream of theirs is so overdone/comical that I laugh out loud every time I hear it. which is a lot. cuz i enjoy some of the songs.

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

Yeah, hate to say it but these guys are pretty fucking weak... Same old cliche bullshit sound that's been done so many times before. I also think the vocals are extremely weak... All you trendy fucks should go to your local indy record store and pick up something decent... planes mistaken for stars, vaux, shai hulud... anything

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

"don't forget to breathe" is the lamest album title I have ever heard. I am currently listening to this record as I have to review it and it is pure fodder. Another band here and gone in a year. And while the artwork is nicely done, it was better the first time I saw it, on Converge records. LAME

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