The Blood Brothers - Burn Piano Island, Burn (Cover Artwork)

The Blood Brothers

The Blood Brothers: Burn Piano Island, BurnBurn Piano Island, Burn (2003)
Sony Music

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Bands like the Blood Brothers don't just pop out of nowhere, but to many mainstream fans, it may seem that this is just what they've done. Last year they came out with the phenomenal "March On Electric Children" on Justin Pearson of The Locust's label, Three.One.G. Fans of that album will not be d.
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Bands like the Blood Brothers don't just pop out of nowhere, but to many mainstream fans, it may seem that this is just what they've done. Last year they came out with the phenomenal "March On Electric Children" on Justin Pearson of The Locust's label, Three.One.G. Fans of that album will not be disappointed.

Burn Piano Island, Burn picks up right where March On Electric Children left off, furthering the stories of the siamese gun and of course Piano Island. And musically, well musically, it's the greatest thing I've ever heard. This album has such raw intensity, such passionate vocals, such spastic melodies that...well you won't be able to stop yourself from jumping up and dancing around screaming like an idiot along with the words.

Personally I think it may be a little too intense for mainstream listeners, but obviously ARTISTdirect doesn't think so. Any diehard fan of punk rock or hardcore will surely appreciate this masterpiece though.

It also shows growth on behalf of the Blood Brothers. The Jerome's Dream-esque song "Guitarmy" shows that the band doesn't care to stick to typical format, while the experimental "Piano Song" demonstrates the group's ability to branch out and leave behind their typically guitar led music. Fans may or may not be pleased that the band is more fully utilizing the keyboards in songs like "Cecilia & The Silhouette Saloon."

I could talk about this album for hours to tell you the truth, tell you every last thing about it, but I'll let you discover this on your own. It's gonna blow your fucking mind.


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arejaypunx (March 19, 2013)

this album is fucking amazing! I hated the BB when I first heard them and now I listen to this album constantly. Crimes is great but nowhere near as good, YM is pretty good too.

Abomination (November 16, 2007)

I think this album was one of their best, they toned down with crimes and then again with Young Machetes.

sleepwalker (November 9, 2007)

As great as Piano Island is, it is no match for Crimes.

rockguy2007 (March 13, 2007)

fo_sho. blood brothers bring it home...

a change of pace rules, check them out to.

Anonymous (November 5, 2006)

sex to my ears

GreenVandal (June 15, 2006)

I have sex with the hole in the middle of this CD on a nightly basis. Every Breath is a Bomb owns you all.

Marlee (October 18, 2005)

this album is just one of those that plays on repeat in your head for the rest of the day and no matter what you do...but you really don't care.

Anonymous (December 21, 2004)

I'd like to reiterate that this album may require multiple listens for newer fans. However, once you realize the talent of the band, perfection of the lyrics, and beauty of the vocals, you'll see why so many people shit their pants over this band.

The Blood Brothers don't tour much anywhere other than the west coast, but should they come to your town, I would strongly advise against not seeing them. The energy at the shows is insane and Jordan really does manage to hit all of the notes perfectly. You'll definetely be kicking yourself for missing out.

Anonymous (October 2, 2004)

Drugs have ruined my life.

Anonymous (June 25, 2004)

the fucking coolest thing i own.

Anonymous (May 27, 2004)

anyone who doesn't like this album should go fuck theirselves

Anonymous (March 6, 2004)

This shit is excellent. Hands down the best record of 2003.

Anonymous (February 10, 2004)

The lead singer sounds like Daryl Palumbo(Glassjaw) on helium. This band is badass and they come off as a Hardcore jam band.

Anonymous (January 21, 2004)

I posted the last post, but about the cd, I'd say it deserves an 8.

Anonymous (January 21, 2004)

It seems when ever a new band comes along, you guys always call it the greatest thing ever made or one of the greatest albums ever, even though there's stuff out there that can rival it easy.

Anonymous (January 15, 2004)

fuck you arty farty bullshit suckers

Anonymous (December 4, 2003)

if only the fucking stupid pseudo-hardcore pricks who posted negative comments about the cd would have actually listened to it, we would have a different story

funkisdead (October 30, 2003)

i was just reading this, to see what all you people think about this record.
aside from the fucking shameless self-promotion from the kinison, i saw this:

"Dont fuck with tagless t-shirts. Hanes has eliminated the middle man and made comfort come standard"

and laughed like a young school girl. definitely deserved a comment of the day.

Anonymous (October 16, 2003)

I've tried. I really have. With this album, but mostly with the previous two albums. I first learned about them through Waxwing, but I just can't get into it. I just don't think metal or hardcore can be done by someone with a nasally, high pitched voice. It just sounds like you're fast forwarding a childrens nursery rhyme sing-a-long tape.

Anonymous (September 30, 2003)

Kick-ass album, definitely one of the best albums released this year.

Anonymous (July 30, 2003)

This cd is OK at best. Buy their old ones. or buy some Me First and the Gimme Gimmes!

Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

Have you heard of the band The Kinison yet? They play powerful post-hardcore with inspiring danceable rythms and an attitude that won't quite. If you like Refused or the Blood Brother's, this is deffinatly the band for you. Their debut EP, Mortgage is Bank, is being released on June 10th. Check them out at www.thekinison.com.

8dollarclarinetsolo (May 25, 2003)

i think you have to read the lyrics to love this one. i think its great but maybe it kind of falls off a little near the end? i like fuckings greatest hits and ambulance vs. ambulance the best. i agree you probably either like it or you dont

Anonymous (May 19, 2003)

seriously, this album kicks ass. spazz-core, ha!

Anonymous (May 18, 2003)

This album = teh omg.

Anonymous (May 2, 2003)

march on electric children was a little better but much of the blood brothers music blows me away, its amazing.

Anonymous (April 10, 2003)

Well, to each her own, but I don't understand how anyone can listen to this. After seeing them the first time, I thought they were one of the worst bands I've ever seen, but deceided to give them a second chance. I should've listened to my first instincts. Drummer and bass player seem competant, but the guitars are horrendous. And the vocals. . .not exactly sure what they are screaming, but it sounds like two little kids screaming for their parents in a haunted house. . .hardly listenable. But if thats your thing, I guess you would like this album.

soulbleed (April 9, 2003)

this is a good album, but not even close to being perfect. bad choice for a 5 star.

bivouac79 (April 9, 2003)

the blood brothers are good, but Lightning Bolt or LIARS are better.

Anonymous (April 6, 2003)


Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

Yeah....its on this one.

GreenVandal (March 24, 2003)

Ambulance vs. Ambulance is a good song, but thats not there revolutionary stuff. Although compared to most things that IS revolutionary, but you obviously want something fancier. My personal fav song is "I know where the canarys and the crows go." is that on this CD? i alwasy get confused. bah, i think it is.

FasterInFall (March 24, 2003)

this record kicks ass.

Anonymous (March 23, 2003)

i like pere ubu

Jon_the_Skafather (March 22, 2003)

couldn't find the e-card you were talking about...i downloaded ambulance vs ambulance instead since i found that online. i like the lead singer who sounds like jason nelson when he's actually singing but that's because i'm a fan of mu330 and orangetree....i still don't see much of anything that's revolutionary or special to the point of this kind of praise.

if you want revolutionary...listen to the first movement of john adams' harmonielehre if you can find it somewhere...it's just one chord but the way the guy makes use of it and the way he orchestrates it and all....that's revolutionary. using one chord and making 17:14 of music out of it. then again....that isn't punk. i guess it's revolutionary in punk....but how hard is it? just copy some old hardcore to proove that you're punk and do faster experimental rock and you're revolutionary. then again, i don't have much right to speak i've yet to write anything fresh/new.....in any genre for that matter. then again, who knows?

i dunno, i'm really jaded and pissed at the world so excuse me if i'm being an asshole.

but as far as this band being the saviors of punk, that's bullshit. punk has no saviors, just survivors and those who market it.

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

Hey Skafather- just so you are aware, Jennifer is one of blood brothers older songs (relatively speaking) so don't judge just yet...you haven't heard anything off their new album yet...I reccomend "Cecilia and the Silouette Salloon," "Every Breath is a Bomb," "The Shame" and "Denver Max" ...i know artistdirect has an e-card with the latter two songs, but the URL escapes me...let me know what you think when you hear em...peace

Jon_the_Skafather (March 22, 2003)

*checks out the 3 videos on the website*

....i don't see what's so fresh or new or exciting about this group.....all the singer does is scream in a really high pictched voice and the music isn't anything new.

i can't really see how you people can praise such people for doing something that isn't really that special....at most they combined some of the riffs of emo music and mixed it with screaming unintelligble vocals.

then again, i've only heard the 3 songs that they have on the site that i can listen to. so maybe there's some other side to this great and wonderful band? maybe some other type of music to it? because if not, this band is just pure shit.

is there any song i could listen to that has a different sound from birthskin or jennifer or siamese gun?

this is all unimpressive so far....

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

refused predicted the shape of punk to come, and the blood brothers are it's savior.

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

I know my 2 cents really don't matter, from reading all these comments...but I'd like to say that this is the best album i've bought then Progress by RxB two years ago...to the guy who said this is a "pro-tooled piece of crap" or whatever, go see them live, then get back to me...i've seen them three times and have the DVD, so i've seen a very mixed setlist and they can play just about every song live...I hate all the nu-emo bullshit, largely because bands like Taking Back Sunday and Thursday are so over-produced that they can't hit any high notes whatsoever, and the live experience is suffocated for that reason...Did someone say to go listen to good hardcore like "Give up the Ghost?" Jesus dont get me started...they were upstaged by blood brothers on the glassjaw tour, it wasn't even funny...this album is a must-have for anyone who has appreciation for talented music

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

i can understand ppl not liking it, i but i love it, but i love weird shit like. vocal are fucking amazing, to manic to soulfuliness

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

I agree with Scott, this might be the best thing out this year so far, and will definitely make a lot of peoples top 10 lists. I do agree with a lot of people that it take time to grow on you though.

The first time I heard about these guys was the Glassjaw and American Nightmare tour. They were crazy, but in a great way. When they first started playing I thought it was a joke or just a crazy opening song, but then it kept up and just got better and better.


Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

"hey shane, can i call you dicksuck? alright dicksuck, well,"

Nobody is shocked, nobody is offended. May I remind you, this is the internet, and insults don't travel so well over it.

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

the album by liars is good, but i can't listen to the last song while driving, i get the urge to drive into a tree.

Anonymous (March 20, 2003)

hey shane, can i call you dicksuck? alright dicksuck, well, why does someone need to buy an album before reviewing it? and by the way, i very much doubt that you knew the title of that song back in december when i wrote this review. it's not my fault they didn't want to post it until the cd came out.

Anonymous (March 20, 2003)

i thin kyou all missed the point i hope yr head explodes now shut up please yr embarassing yrself.

waste_elite (March 19, 2003)

it's just "Liars" and yeah they sound nothing like the blood brothers. i highly recommend their album though.

Anonymous (March 19, 2003)

this band...is average at best. i heard the song ambulance vs. ambulance and the music was pretty catchy and hard. the vocals were ultra annoying, it sounds like they did the vocals and put the pitch up all the way. nothing new exciting.

abileneINlove (March 19, 2003)

This band sounds like nothing like The Liars.

Anonymous (March 19, 2003)

Whats the matter with you people. This band absolutely SUCKS. I honestly can't figure out what the hype is, has anyone actually LISTENED to this album?

Ah, that's right because everybody needs the same tastes as you.


Anonymous (March 19, 2003)

What's the matter with YOU. Can't you understand that some people have different opinions? That some people like music that others don't. I could bitch and bitch about how I hate the musical (I love them lyrically) portion of NOFX or Lagwagon......but it's just my opinion. So why come on here and bitch at other people. If you wanna say it sucks then fine.....but don't fucking bag on other people.

Anonymous (March 19, 2003)

Whats the matter with you people. This band absolutely SUCKS. I honestly can't figure out what the hype is, has anyone actually LISTENED to this album?

Anonymous (March 19, 2003)

sam submitted this review in december...thats why the song is still known as piano song on the review..

Anonymous (March 19, 2003)

this is a solid record but the hype is out of control. i love the interplay between the 2 singers, though. Ambulance vs. Ambulance is amazing..

Anonymous (March 19, 2003)

The Liars are a good band that kind of remind me of the Blood Bros.

waste_elite: yeah, this came out today.

Anonymous (March 19, 2003)

I think Davey has already lost his mind...

but ya, this album is amazing. The Blood Brothers deserve all the hype they get. I love "Cecila...", the keyboard shit is awesome. All and all, this album is tops. I just wish people would back off the "Im cool cause I dont like the blood brothers like everyone else." If you don't like them, don't listen to them. But at least give them a shot because they grow on you.

waste_elite (March 19, 2003)

the cd is enhanced by the way, comes with two live clips and a bunch o pics


waste_elite (March 19, 2003)

tagless undershirts the best thing since sliced bread?

waste says YES!

FortyMinutesWest (March 19, 2003)

Dont fuck with tagless t-shirts. Hanes has eliminated the middle man and made comfort come standard..what was I talking about again?

Kurt_F (March 18, 2003)

Oh wow, super rad fantastic! So good! Better than other stuff that is good! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOA! Blood Brothers rule the world! Definatley in my top 13 list of March, and probably the winter season! Heck, maybe even the decade! Dude, I just had a great pizza! Definatley one of the top 10 pizza's of the year!

Hanes Tagless Undershirts© , definatley on my top 10 list of t-shirts this year, and it's only March!

Seriously though, this is a remarkable album of joyous sounds.

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

I agree with the guy 2 below. This band takes a few listens to get used to. The singer is different and some may never like it, but if you do end up liking it will be well worth it.

FortyMinutesWest (March 18, 2003)

This band is definetly talented, but not as great as some people on here would have you believe.

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

All you kids who talk shit abut this band obviously just dont get it. Now, i know lots of people say "you dont like it, you dont get it!" But with the blood brothers this is a very true statement. They are so random and different from anything i have ever heard, you have to listen to them not expecting anything, and always looking for something. There songs perfectly combine technical prowess, humor, storytelling, and creativity in 4 minute long bursts of noise. At least thats what it sounds like at first. What im saying is...please dont judge this after one listen. Give it like 4 spins and then make up your mind. If you still dont like it, then just ignore me, we all have our own tastes. but i just cannot understand why someone would not like a band like this.

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

Hehe Blood Brothers and Russel Crowe's band on the same label, that's funny. Oh speaking of ArtistDirect does anyone know if they distibute Epitaph? Just wondering because I saw a Hot Water Music commercial on MTV2 and they said you could get Caution on their web site...

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

Is it just me.....or does the singer sound like Davey Havok gone insane?

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

I think people are either gonna love this album or hate it. It's really random and crazy, but the production quality is really good. I need to get a lyrics sheet, if their lyrics hold up then this is deifnitely a top release of the year for me. The spazzy vocals are another love 'em or hate 'em thing, they take some getting used to, but once you do they are great. Like I said before, they remind me of the Germs kind of, in the random agrosity. It's not the hardest stuff you'll ever here, but it is extremely creative spazzy hardcore with random elements thrown in. It's the musical equivalent to a nervous breakdown. The high production values don't detract to much, since most of their albums sound similar to this.

waste_elite (March 18, 2003)

and you guys need to ease up on the blood brothers' nuts. christ, this isn't the best record of all time.

waste_elite (March 18, 2003)

just picked this up and i really dig it

i think i like march on electric children better though

johnnydanger (March 18, 2003)

I seriously hope my cd is broken, because what I hear coming out of my stereo is a pro-tooled chipmunks play bad hardcore. after everything i heard i really looked forward to this too.

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

i dont get it, its alright i guess, but its more of the theatric stage show mechanics as song crowd, at least they did it before there clones.

waste_elite (March 18, 2003)

does this come out today?

FortyMinutesWest (March 18, 2003)

I love how people are making their top lists so early in the year.

newjackshit (March 18, 2003)

best record of the next 6 years. easily.

abileneINlove (March 18, 2003)

Yeah, this album is freaking amazing. Easily in the top 5 of the year.

It is horrible that this album leaked so early. I got this in November last year when "Guitarmy," was titled "Guitar Me."

Well, burn this for your friends, I'm sure The Blood Brothers won't care. Your friends will end up buying this for themselves anyway... It is that good! Even girls love this record. I swear I make out with so many girls to this record...

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

yeah, it's no ska.

They should wear suits and skank, than they would be allowed to make CD's, right?

IlikeSKA (March 18, 2003)

someone is letting them make CDs???
...what a wicked world we live in

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

This guy obviously doesn't have the record as he is still referring to "Piano Song" which is not the name on the record. That was a working title that was still used when the album "leaked". It's called "Every Breath Is A Bomb". Buy the record before reviewing.


Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

Tech bands fucking suck (not that blood brothers are a tech band) but bad music is band music, it doesn't fucking matter if it's really hard to play. I think it's about tight jeans though, if i bought myself some skin tight jeans i'll enjoy tech bands. Poop fuck poopy shit eat cunt.

TenderBransonX (March 18, 2003)




Easily inspiring me

to murder obvious hipsters that bandwagon hop this ridiculus band.
www.amiracole.com -talk about whatever you want. Thats the point.

soulbleed (March 18, 2003)

not as good as 'march on electric children' but it's good to hear they got some money

Melvyl (March 18, 2003)

i fucking hate ross robinson.


evilash (March 18, 2003)

Hey by the way guy too qoutes down if you want intense music listen to some real fucking hardcore like "give up the ghost" (an), and fucking converge and dillinger escape plan

evilash (March 18, 2003)


Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

They're on a major? What? This could actually get on a major? that's cool. Best Major Label punk release since Amen's 2000 album. Of course this will probably get no attention, most people are just to weak to deal with music this intense.

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

This album grows on me each time i listen to it. At first listen to this band i was like "What the fuck!?! Whacked out!"...like a moron, but i love their intensity and almost spastic screams. This reminds me of Leftover Crack in it's raw insanity and the Germs in it's explosive spastic intensity.

katie4213 (March 18, 2003)

mmmmmmmm blood brothers are good.

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

man, i absolutely cant stand this band. but, you know...to each their own.

greyicewater (March 18, 2003)

Yes, what Scott said.

moldy (March 18, 2003)

such a good cd and a good band, i couldnt beleive that they are on a major. Hope it goes well for this band and they come back to the midwest, they are awsome live

maverick (March 18, 2003)




Easily in my Top Ten of 2003.


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