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The Kite-Eating Tree

The Kite-Eating Tree: Method: Fail, Repeat...Method: Fail, Repeat... (2004)
Suburban Home Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Trapped in the indie rock world is a quality that drives some bands too far over their individual creative boundaries to be able to put together solid rock tunes. Thankfully, The Kite-Eating Tree differentiate themselves simply by crafting solid, driving rock 'n roll with just enough raw overtones .
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Trapped in the indie rock world is a quality that drives some bands too far over their individual creative boundaries to be able to put together solid rock tunes. Thankfully, The Kite-Eating Tree differentiate themselves simply by crafting solid, driving rock 'n roll with just enough raw overtones to elicit slapping them with the aforementioned label.

The band's pairing of crunchy guitars with intricate vocal interplay are consistent throughout the ten tracks. Keeping this up for each song prevents a dull moment from ever happening, which is normally common for debut full-lengths. In the back, the drums are precise and cause quite the head-swaying motions for a listener. Overall, the sound is definitely reminiscent of the early-90s recordings Dave Grohl made that came to be known as the Foo Fighters' self-titled debut.

One strange thing about the disc is the fact that with all the songs being generally solid rock tunes, none of the tracks really stand out. Of course, if one or two tracks stood out, I'd be sitting here saying this is 80% filler, knowing what potential they hold in the talent exuded in these hypothetical songs.

The lyrics are vague yet introspective, using odd, hypothetical situations heavy on personification. They stray from mindless, radio-rock anthems by way of this and the application of many physical things not usually mentioned here and there (butterscotch, footwear, temperature gauges) without being weird about it.

In other words, this is a solid rock album, but the future likely holds greater things. You should expect just that in the next few years.

MP3s
"Sighs of the Curator"
"Lucifer Employed"

 

 
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Anonymous (October 31, 2004)

Not only does the lead the singer have great vocals, he is the "King" at dancing! Just a warning for those of you who will be lucky enough to see them live, beware of the "Cowboy" flying into the drums. These guys rock and we wish them all the success they deserve!!
Love, "The Catholic School Girls"
Happy Halloween!

notfeelingcreative (April 8, 2004)

I'm not too into emo, but I dig this!

Anonymous (March 28, 2004)

for those saying the band's name is stupid, it is a reference to Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" which fequently had Charlie Brown having to deal with a tree that ate his kite every time he tried to fly one

tsunami_boy (March 28, 2004)

great name for a band. and the music ain't bad.

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

"Yeah where is the second Rival Schools disc anyhow? They just vanished."

They broke up.

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

Yeah where is the second Rival Schools disc anyhow? They just vanished.

Barkley

Romeo (March 25, 2004)

These names are out of control, my new bands called I Burnt My Lip on Coffee, check us out.

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

Yeah i was at the record release party for this band at sea level records, seen them a couple times, once in fullerton and once before at the troubador, they do a great job live, i find them to be not so much "bang bang wow i need this album" but the music will defintaely grow on you and you will soon feel compelled to buy it, its addicting, something you could probably listen to about three or four times before wodering if you should change the disk.

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

what the hell kind of name is that? fuck drive thru.

--the movielife

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

Is the production worse than PMFS Fuck With Fire? That has to be one of the shittiest sounding cds ever. (Not the band, the production)

Anonymous (March 25, 2004)

Best name ever.

mrwaffles (March 24, 2004)

This is good, but i hear nothing in common with foo fighters

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

I remember finding about these guys off of mp3.com and loving them maybe theyre still as good as a remember them being after all that was awhile ago.

pastepunk (March 23, 2004)

If you were anticapting the second Rival Schools release, which will not apparently ever exist, this disc is a worthy substitute!

inagreendase (March 23, 2004)

"In the back, the rums are precise and cause quite the head-swaying motions for a listener. Overall, the sound is definitely reminiscent of the early-90s recordings Dave Grohl made that came to the Foo Fighters' self-titled debut."

Typo roundup:

rums = drums
came to the = came to be known as the

hhkal (March 23, 2004)

Killing Tree > Kite-eating Tree

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

nice review dude.

Anonymous (March 23, 2004)

reminds me of moneen

maverick (March 23, 2004)

Yeah, you pretty much nailed it. This album is fun and unique, but the production brings it down quite a few notches. Definitely worth a listen, and you should probably keep your eyes on them.

-Scott

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