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Scary Kids Scaring Kids

Scary Kids Scaring Kids: After DarkAfter Dark (2003)
Immortal Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Hmm...you're right, the singy-screamy thing is probably now the most cliched style of music being tried right now. However, you did click on this review, so the question on the tip of your tongue is - are these guys just going through the motions like some of the others? For the most part, I'd.
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Hmm...you're right, the singy-screamy thing is probably now the most cliched style of music being tried right now. However, you did click on this review, so the question on the tip of your tongue is - are these guys just going through the motions like some of the others?

For the most part, I'd have to say no. I mean, they got past the cliched band-name step pretty quickly, and from there they're trying their very best to do more than mistake some planes for stars that were already picked up on. The Arizona natives use a creepy array of keyboard settings, piercing screams, and soothing string-picking to place a dark, emotive feel on the songs. There is hardly a gag reflex for Drive-Thru regurgitation to be found on the disc; in other words, there aren't a lot of poppy parts you could blatantly pick out, but it runs without being nearly as chaotic as Finch or Glassjaw, finding a middle ground akin to a band like Recover, acting as a very mellow component for the genre.

The chilling synth leads us into the opener of the 26-minute EP, "What's Up Now," before a blatant scream of the track's name and the guitars bust through. As the verse starts, the fairly solid vocals kick in, sung on a moderate tempo.

"It's happening again" precedes abrupt decrescending riffs that appear throughout the second song, "Bulletproof," and also displays the screams that sound as sharp and piercing as the tip of a fresh piece of broken glass while still emanating from the background, and has the best bridge of any tune, where they use swirling guitars and the haunting keyboards against the distorted NASA-like control center commands to help set the mood.

The verses of "Locked In," besides some The verses of "Locked In," besides some wavering moog noises, elicits a Spitalfield environment with its soft guitars and clear singing, before the personal philosophy lyrics like "we all seem to be on top of our own little world / but that won't last long, for most of us" showcase themselves.

Highlighting the next song, "Sink and Die," are the mellow background "ahhh"s while the breakdown's preface begs the question "what we are good for now?" on the verge of sobs, all the while avoiding direct cries a la I Hate Myself. "Changing Priorities" is decent but seems like three minutes of filler until the keyboard is plugged on its grand piano setting for the intro and outro of "My Knife, Your Throat" (there's that cliche we were looking for!).

If you didn't like a single thing coming out of this genre, this probably won't change your mind. But if you've been listening to too much of it lately and want something a little different, maybe a little more downtempo, this would be your thing.

What's Up Now
Bulletproof
Locked In
Sink and Die
Changing Priorities
My Knife, Your Throat

 

 
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rockguy2007 (March 13, 2007)

i love these guys, they rock. p.s. they are from my home town!!!!

can't wait, i have my pre-order!

cronophrog (March 30, 2005)

So these guys wen to the same school I go to and they came back to play today. They are not my cup of tea (live, I have never heard what their cd sounds like with more pronounced synth and vocals), but I gotta say goddamn did they bring the fucking music. These guys played their fucking hearts out for a high school. That shows something that most local bands don't show. They at leats remember how cool it is to see a band who gives a damn. Hopefully they continue to give that damn and I'll go see them even if their music doesn't do it for me to support one band that has some heart.

Anonymous (March 23, 2005)

I was in a band that played with these kids in 2001. They are still playing the same songs. They should maybe write some new material. I have respect for the members, however every song is the same and they have not grown in 4 years, just bought better equipment. You wanna see a guy scream his heart out on stage, go to a hardcore show and don't be a zumiez pussy.

Anonymous (December 11, 2004)

"Check it, I've been in this scene for about 3 years now. Thursday, Thrice, CoCa, All amazing bands. By the way don't you dare diss on The Used. And don't talk shit and try to be original by dissing on the "Screamo" scene. There is a reason why it's so big right now, and it has to do with live shows and how intense and emotional seeing someone scream their heart out in front of you is. If you've seen SKSK you know they put on a live show that hold with the greats,(Saves the Day, AFI, The Early November.) Fucking Emotion, call it trendy, Scary Kids has a sound and maturity in their music that most bands never achieve, Being that I am an enthusiast of music, I think every band has their own sound. The singer to Scary Kids has one of the most unique and amazing voices in this category of music, so give some AZ pride, They fucking rock. I'm out

Ryan Jewett Sierra Vista, AZ"

Damn, you're such a tool. Three years in the "scene" must have gotten you alot of scene points. Its about time you grew up. Thursday, Thrice, and CoCa are pretty good bands (although not reccomendable for everyone), but the Used is total shit. Instead of listening to Early November, STD, and other drive-thru shit, stick to emo that came out about pre-1999 and maybe you'll turn out fine.

But eh, this cd ain't that bad. And I give them points for the band name cuz its named after a Cap'n Jazz song.

Anonymous (December 2, 2004)

I just moved from NY to AZ... when i was in NY i discovered Scary Kids Scaring Kids on purevolume.com and they sounded so f*ckin awesome! As soon as i moved here i sarted school at Highland High & there was this really hott guy in my art class wearing a Scary Kids Scaring Kids shirt, so i said to the girl next to me... "have u ever heard that band? they're awesome!" and she said yeah,... that guy is Chad's brother! uh oh! haha.

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

i used to buy weed from the singer. so theyre pretty cool in my book.

Anonymous (September 16, 2004)

I grew up with these guys. These guys are kick ass as fuck and have always been around for great times. I base the great times I have shared with them and others around their music. I have recently been gone for almost a year and have come back to see their succuss. I hope for it to perpetuate and fop all of them to make great choices.
It may sound that my friendship backs their music but with the life these guys live and the way they think it onlt takes talent which they have for them to jump through the roof. Iam 100 percent supportive for their run to the top! Good luck guys Jason Miller

Anonymous (September 16, 2004)

I grew up with these guys. These guys are kick ass as fuck and have always been around for great times. I base the great times I have shared with them and others around their music. I have recently been gone for almost a year and have come back to see their succuss. I hope for it to perpetuate and fop all of them to make great choices.
It may sound that my friendship backs their music but with the life these guys live and the way they think it onlt takes talent which they have for them to jump through the roof. Iam 100 percent supportive for their run to the top! Good luck guys Jason Miller

Anonymous (August 12, 2004)

Check it, I've been in this scene for about 3 years now. Thursday, Thrice, CoCa, All amazing bands. By the way don't you dare diss on The Used. And don't talk shit and try to be original by dissing on the "Screamo" scene. There is a reason why it's so big right now, and it has to do with live shows and how intense and emotional seeing someone scream their heart out in front of you is. If you've seen SKSK you know they put on a live show that hold with the greats,(Saves the Day, AFI, The Early November.) Fucking Emotion, call it trendy, Scary Kids has a sound and maturity in their music that most bands never achieve, Being that I am an enthusiast of music, I think every band has their own sound. The singer to Scary Kids has one of the most unique and amazing voices in this category of music, so give some AZ pride, They fucking rock. I'm out

Ryan Jewett Sierra Vista, AZ

Anonymous (August 10, 2004)

they probably dont have thursday as one of their influences because thursday isnt an influence, but who knows

who wants sloppy joes?

i love the keyboarding in their songs.

Anonymous (July 13, 2004)

so wait... people like SKSK but not From First to Last, what the fuck?

not to say that i dislike SKSK, it's just i think FFTL is way better, you people really need to get your musical taste in line.

Anonymous (June 28, 2004)

I fuckin love SKSK! they fuckin are the fuckin ish, I can't wait til they come to Ventura Cali! and I can't wait til the CD becomes availible here. Chad Crawford, I just want to fuck him what can I say?

Anonymous (June 1, 2004)

these guys are amazing

Anonymous (April 18, 2004)

Holy shit! I love this band to death! They fucking rule! The guys are awesome and funny and their music is so kick ass. You honestly don't expect them to be another one of those bands who follow trends to fit in? Because if they were like that, there wouldn't be anything fun and interesting about their music like there is now. Scary Kids is one of the BEST local bands here in Gilbert and I hope that they keep going with their music because it kicks ass! To all the guys: Keep rocking out because you guys fucking RULE!!! I love your music and ALL of you guys!

-sOmE ChiCk-

Anonymous (April 10, 2004)

On the bands site not a single member lists Thursday as one of their influences, or favorite bands.

Anonymous (April 10, 2004)

You guys are a bunch of assholes, I mean seriosuly they just got out of highschool. and they are most likely better then any of your bands out there (if you fuckers are in one). and the name is more original then and other bands name. every bands name is emo or some shit and it's gay. You people need to lighten up, i mean they just do it for the fun of it and they are all nice guys.And no they sound nothing like Thrice. or thursday

Anonymous (February 9, 2004)

501 has no penis

Anonymous (December 2, 2003)

oh man i love these boys to death.
in all honesty, one of the greatest bands out there but still a diamond in the rough

Anonymous (November 24, 2003)

I think we have all known 501 sucks balls since he dissed the Ramones for not being hard enough to play.

-BSD

Greenvandal (November 23, 2003)

The sing scream thing is cliche cuz all new fucking bands do it, and I can count all the ones that use it effectively on my one hand.

And dont talk about The Used. You act like they were the first to ever do that style, well buddy, bands have been doing the sing/scream thing for over a decade now, its just now that it has become overwhelmingly stupid. Im sure the pricks in that band ripped off some bands you never heard of.

inagreendase (November 22, 2003)

Hey, you appreciate the link at least, right?

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

Hey, screw you. It's not like The Used are a new band like these guys are. Christ, they're not a bunch of kids. Who sounded just like The Used before they came out? Who did THEY copy?

Anonymous (November 21, 2003)

ahem... 501 said this:
"absolute punk? go fuck yourself pal, Mr hardcore. ''Im too cool for sites with trendy bands.'' youre the kinda fuck that ruins punk, but thats good cause punk rock sucks."

read that, and tell me if it makes any fucking sense. you're right, it doesn't.

Anonymous (November 20, 2003)

what is cliche out screaming? because its the most popular? that would make anything new trite, not cliche. but i gotta tell you, the reason its getting so much attention is because its so good. there are so many directions to go with it, and singing/screaming can evoke a lot more emotion than lame ass rhymes or insincere harmonies.

Anonymous (November 20, 2003)

finch,...chaotic? what? shutup

Anonymous (November 20, 2003)

The best part of the Scary Kids live show is when the dwarf sacrifices the goat! worth every damn cent. Don't miss them when they come thru your village!

sk8punx4evr (November 20, 2003)

"the name is from a caPn'jAzz song. My god where they ever great"

yes. and the fact that this band is bad and has a cap'n jazz song for a name makes me hate them more.

501 (November 19, 2003)

absolute punk? go fuck yourself pal, Mr hardcore. ''Im too cool for sites with trendy bands.'' youre the kinda fuck that ruins punk, but thats good cause punk rock sucks.

501 (November 19, 2003)

I like cheese and this band has a cool name. And music is only good if the band name is cool right? All the hardcore kids think that.

Anonymous (November 19, 2003)

"the screaming sounds like thrice..."

The screaming sounds like the hellish voice of satan searing through my walls up through the pipes into the attic and out the door into a lovely grapevine of mild water tubes.

Anonymous (November 19, 2003)

What is this....absolutepunk now?....fucking assholes better stop with this shit.

Emokid2M (November 19, 2003)

Good review man ..... even if i'm not a big fan

Anonymous (November 19, 2003)

these peeple blow

Anonymous (November 19, 2003)

does anyone know how to get a fucking mp3 player that doesnt stop every two seconds when i download mp3s off this or any site that isnt mp3.com (only lofi tho)

Anonymous (November 19, 2003)

coolest band name ever.. dont care what anyone says

Anonymous (November 19, 2003)

the screaming sounds like thrice...

Anonymous (November 18, 2003)

Downloading some MP3's now, so I can't comment on the music, but the name is from a caPn'jAzz song. My god where they ever great.

--Bing Crosby

Anonymous (November 18, 2003)

I like the synth and I like the screaming, but as with most other bands similar to this, I don't like the singing. Not bad, but not amazing.

Anonymous (November 18, 2003)

someone already mentioned thursday but goddamn...this IS thursday...at least my knife your throat...

WingsOutside (November 18, 2003)

Well, I listened to a few mp3s and im going to have to say this band has some songs almost identical to Thursday... they arn't bad, infact, I thought a few songs were really good.

inagreendase (November 18, 2003)

Scott, change this to a 4/5 for me...it definitely grew on me...

Surprised these guys still haven't found a label. Their stuff grows on you like whoa.

thriceequalsgod (November 18, 2003)

i suppose i'll take a listen..

superdude (November 18, 2003)

This review was good, but here's how I'd make it better:

1. How does it comapre to the Nylon's recent release, my dad loves it.

2. This album should come as a combo with Park, because there's sometimes scary kids at the park.

3. Don't you think!

4. The reviewer should have gone into more detail with who the band thanks. I want to know if they are friends with anyone I like.

Anonymous (November 18, 2003)

This shit is darker then Davey Havok's new eye shadow!

Anonymous (November 18, 2003)

This band name is shit.

KarlHungus

Anonymous (November 18, 2003)

Have you ever danced in the shadows of the dark moonlight?

Anonymous (November 18, 2003)

nice review. made me really interested to hear these songs, which are pretty good.

Anonymous (November 18, 2003)

i like scaring kids.

Anonymous (November 18, 2003)

There is a serious thursday influence here. see> lead vocals. see> indecipherable screaming passages. yeah this band could be huge.

Anonymous (November 18, 2003)

HA HA HA. liek, omg, teh new Drive thruuu page is l337!1!111!!1

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