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Some Girls

Some Girls: All My Friends Are Going DeathAll My Friends Are Going Death (2004)
Deathwish Inc.

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: AubinAubin
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Do you remember when hardcore meant something specific? Some Girls does. Do you remember when it didn't mean metal with short hair? Some Girls does. Do you remember when the cell phones weighed five pounds and cost a thousand dollars? Well, maybe not that one. But the point is that .
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Do you remember when hardcore meant something specific?

Some Girls does.

Do you remember when it didn't mean metal with short hair?

Some Girls does.

Do you remember when the cell phones weighed five pounds and cost a thousand dollars?

Well, maybe not that one. But the point is that while hardcore has become justifiably (and admirably) inclusive over the past two decades, it has blurred to the point of being almost unrecognizable. When it used to mean stripped down, fast, and angry, it now seems to encompass almost any aggressive music.

Which is where Some Girls comes in.

It would be easy to just explain that Some Girls is 'retro-hardcore;' a return to roots of sorts; Some Girls shows it's unflinching loyalty to the founders of hardcore by delivering a record that wouldn't have seemed out of place in 1984 - or 1994 - or 2004. The band delivers a solid, intense record, with no bullshit, and plenty of energy.

This long awaited full length from the "super-group" consisting of bassist Justin Pearson ( The Locust/Swing Kids), Rob Moran (Unbroken) and of course, Give Up The Ghost vocalist Wes Eisold is 22 minutes long, but as Dr. Dan Yemin is so fond of saying "Start Today was only 21 minutes long" so there is plenty that can happen in such a short timeframe, and plenty does.

The opening fifty-six second blast of the title track is performed at warp speed, with Wes' vocals as incomprehensible as ever, the only clue to it's content the equally cryptic title and one decipherable witticism in "if you love something, set it free / I love myself and i'm getting rid of me.". Or "His 'n' Hers" which begins with the trademark roar of feedback before hitting the same breakneck pace as it's predecessor, and for that matter, everything that follows it. On top of all the madness, comes "No Fun," a reimagined, but still respectful cover of the classic tune. The band doesn't work in complex song structures, but it really doesn't need to, the tracks never outstay their welcome, and there is no shortage of inspiration throughout.

Last year, upon the release of Give Up the Ghost's second and long delayed full length " We're Down till We're Underground," a number of you, remarked that the band had lost it's intensity, and while I thought it was a strong, and evolutionary follow up for the band, I can't deny that it didn't quite hit as hard as their debut.

Well, after hearing All My Friends are Going Death, I know precisely where that energy ended up, and you'd be crazy to miss it.

 

 
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treos (February 19, 2007)

This album fucking RIPS

Anonymous (March 20, 2006)

boo. i love the locust, and most bands in this vein, and AM/GUTG was and still is one of my alltime favorites. im disapointed.

Anonymous (March 20, 2006)

boo. i love the locust, and most bands in this vein, and AM/GUTG was and still is one of my alltime favorites. im disapointed.

Anonymous (March 15, 2004)

thank you hardcore kid. Now i shall go back to the emo.

Modern (March 12, 2004)

To the kid who asked.

PMFS cover "Fall On Proverb" by Unbroken

You could have found this with a 2 minute visit to their website forum and done a search too.

Thanks now leave the scene like you said

TheOneTrueBill (March 11, 2004)

I only know of the swing kids through the locust connection. I need to check them out.

Aubin (March 11, 2004)

I didn't mention that there definitely a bit of a Swing Kids feel, primarily in that some of the tracks have that scream-and-flail quality to them.

TheOneTrueBill (March 10, 2004)

I like this album, along with the new GUTG.

I like it all baby!

Anonymous (March 10, 2004)

im a teenager or 20 something who think i know about hardcore.......

Anonymous (March 10, 2004)

the funny thing is...there is already a band called Some Girls. it has Juliana Hatfield (ex-Lemonheads, etc.) in it. they are definitely not hardcore.

Anonymous (March 10, 2004)

This is an awesome album. Wes has yet to write bad lyrics. As for GUTG new album, it's amazing and ten times better than anything they have done.

~Dave~

Anonymous (March 10, 2004)

sounds like 75% of bands that come out of this town. i guess if you like this you should move here.

Anonymous (March 10, 2004)

Sounds interesting, but the title suggests a rip off of "All My Friends are Dead".

-BSD

i thought it had more to do with the fact that deathwish released it

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

to the hardcore kids, i will leave you scene alone if you just tell me the name to that one song.

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

"Someone has never heard of Sick Of It All."

SOIA may have a consistently excellent output, but they never put out anything on the level of pure genius as Life.Love.Regret.

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

dear the kid below,
dont go near hardcore.
signed,
the hardcore kids

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

dear hardcore kids... i was wondering what is the name of that unbroken song that Planes Mistaken for Stars cover. I really wish i knew this, becouse it really rocks. thanks alot.

aubin (March 9, 2004)

Of course I mentioned that the guitarist was from Unbroken:

"This long awaited full length from the “super-group” consisting of [...], Rob Moran (Unbroken) and [...]"

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

Sounds interesting, but the title suggests a rip off of "All My Friends are Dead".

-BSD

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

Someone has never heard of Sick Of It All.

-sickboi

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

i love how no one mentions that their guitarist was in unbroken (and also over my dead body), who were arguably the best hardcore band of the last 10 year. anyways, this sounds like 80s style hardcore punk mixed with the swing kids (or a less spazzy, keyboard-less locust). and that's a combo i like! good cd, and i'm seeing them on saturday (and possibly sunday as well) and am very excited.

t-rav (March 9, 2004)

hahaah so shouuld i stick with coldjuly?

The ringer is pretty annoying...but if I had a phone that huge I would have mad amounts of salivating women...

I am a sad sad individual

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

I refuse to call you "t-rav", Coldjuly.

-sickboi
(I hate that damn ringer on Trigger Happy TV)

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

Eh, this band is pretty mediocre. They are nothing compared to GUTG, and even the Locust had cool effects in thier music, but this is just very plain to me. Basically, if you already have the two first 7"s, I wouldn't bother getting this one.

t-rav (March 9, 2004)

I want the cell phone like the dude from trigger happy TV has....

kirbypuckett (March 9, 2004)

Man, on the cellphone subject, I was just saying the other day how it would be awesome if based on all these retro fads, if people started carrying those big-ass, air-strike calling, enormous cellphones again. That would rule.

-sickboi

My brother came into my work the other day and I told him to get a cellphone so I could call his ass when I needed him. He is standing behind the ideal that you mentioned above.

- Kirby

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

Someone should review the other Some Girls album featuring that female celebrity.

Anonymous (March 9, 2004)

Man, on the cellphone subject, I was just saying the other day how it would be awesome if based on all these retro fads, if people started carrying those big-ass, air-strike calling, enormous cellphones again. That would rule.

-sickboi

i-type-poorly (March 9, 2004)

Do you remember when women couldn't vote and certain folk weren't allowed on golf courses?
Petridge Farm remembers...

Conduit (March 9, 2004)

This band is fucking amazing, i'm glad someone reviews this. However, I must state that this release is in fact just their first two 7-inches on cd.

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