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Jericho

Jericho: Worker's UnionWorker's Union (2002)
All About

Reviewer Rating: 4


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I generally don't like to review EPs because I like to think of them more of previews than actual albums, but this album had such an impact on me that I figured I should write something about it. I believe these six songs are the only ones available for Jericho (although I could be wrong; I couldn.
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I generally don't like to review EPs because I like to think of them more of previews than actual albums, but this album had such an impact on me that I figured I should write something about it. I believe these six songs are the only ones available for Jericho (although I could be wrong; I couldn't find any others), and they're a very interesting mix. I said their live show kind of reminded me of early Hot Water Music meets early Saves the Day, and I have to say that still stands on this EP. Mainly guitar-driven, another strong aspect of this band is their lyrics. The vocals are crisp and clear, and the words and message are interesting. My personal favorite track, "Fifty Cent Hearts," talks about the rich of the world getting richer while across the seas children starve, and the chorus "Just because we're strong/doesn't mean we can't be gentle," makes me wanna get outta the chair and grab an imaginary microphone. I wish I had the cover booklet with me to give more examples, but I'm at school, so my apologies. The vocalist seems to have two moods, soulfelt yells and quick singing, but they match with the guitars very well and the overall sound is very, very strong. Other influences might be Fugazi and Avail.

The production quality sounds really good, considering it seems this is the bands only EP after a two-song demo (again, an assumption from what I can figure)... the drums and bass sound too quiet, but I always say that, so eh. I hate to make a one sentence paragraph, but there you have it.

I don't know if I'd call this album post-hardcore because I don't know what any labels mean anymore, but if you are a fan of earnest, heart felt music, this one is definitely worth it - if you can find it. The odd thing about it is that the band's site says its not supposed to be released until April and on Iodine records, but they also said they moved from Boston to Richmond very recently, so maybe that has something to do with it. Whether on Iodine or AAR, I hope the band is working on some new material, because this EP definitely left me wanting more, and this band definitely seems like they could grow in a lot of good directions. It seems like there's a lot of 10's on this site, but as good as this is, I still wouldn't call it perfect, so I give it an 8.5. Damn. No quarter stars. Oh well. Work on that.

 

 
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iodine (February 28, 2003)

This CD was originally released by a local boston label called All About. After its release (summer 2002) Iodine signed JERICHO, and bought "Workers Union" from All About. Iodine will be re-releasing the EP this spring re-mastered with bonus tracks and all new cover art.

for more info visit:
www.iodinerecordings.com

Anonymous (February 27, 2003)

where did you get this album??? i downloaded that song from their website and loved it...i need to get that ep!!!

Anonymous (February 27, 2003)

I don't understand why people sweat this band. They're marginal at best and bring nothing new to the table.

Anonymous (February 27, 2003)

They have another album out on Gunboat Records called "When the battery dies". It has different versions of some of these songs and I don't know if it is still available.

kirbypuckett (February 26, 2003)

Someone say 50 Cent? Yeah that song Wangsta is phat, just like muh new pur of aur force ones.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/~uw/
(Blacktastic!)

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

iodine is relesing this, with a few additional songs, i believe.
youve got to see these guys live ... each time ive seen them, whether its been in their living room or a smelly basement or in a "real" venue, theyve blown me away.
and did you get one of their PBR shirts? they ran out of my size ... but im #1 on the waiting list for them! xoxox

pope_schlomo (February 26, 2003)

The're ok for a speedy punk rock band. Is WWE's Chris Jericho in this band????

Ramo
(You don't have to answer, was kidding)

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

I laughed when Scott posted the story about them and then said "BREAK THE WALLS DOOOOOOWWWWN!"

Is that band "Walls of Jericho" still together?

-sickboi

IlikeSKA (February 26, 2003)

good review...i have to agree with you on your comparisions to (early) hot water music and saves the day...thats excatly what i thought when i saw them live.

Anonymous (February 26, 2003)

Hell yeah, I bought this for $5 when I saw them with Avail, and I really really enjoy it. Six fairly memorable songs of good straight up punk. My cover art looked different though.

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

hm...i'll have to check it out
nice review

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