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Respira

Respira: This Is Not What You Had PlannedThis Is Not What You Had Planned (2004)
Grey Flight Records

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Contributed by: maverickScott
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Grey Flight Records returns to the fold with this, a 5-song EP from Thousand Oaks, CA quartet Respira. Recorded by the famed J. Robbins, Respira delivers a good 25 minutes of brooding-yet-hooky indie rock, with an emphasis on the rock. The band's sound owes as much to Superdrag for it's vocal me.
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Grey Flight Records returns to the fold with this, a 5-song EP from Thousand Oaks, CA quartet Respira. Recorded by the famed J. Robbins, Respira delivers a good 25 minutes of brooding-yet-hooky indie rock, with an emphasis on the rock.

The band's sound owes as much to Superdrag for it's vocal melodies [see "The Least Self-Destructive Self-Destructive Thing You Could Do"] as it does to Engine Down for it's pulsating, hypnotic rhythms [see "Over And Out"]. The band makes good use of slightly odd time signatures and song structures to put a more quirky emphasis on their songs which makes you pay attention more. While the amps are turned up to eleven for the most part on this EP, the band isn't afraid to experiment with some more unusual sounds like bells, accordian, and rhodes organ. J. Robbins takes all these elements and fuses them together perfectly.

Respira should make some waves with this new EP, as there isn't really a weak track out of the 5. The energy is consistent throughout [which is impressive since most of the songs crack the five-minute mark], and there's enough of a pop presence to make you want to listen again and again. Grey Flight has a winner on their hands.

MP3
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Stream three songs here

 

 
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CherryColaRain (May 29, 2005)

this sounds promising. very promising and to the dude i hate the very narrow view ppl have on Emo/screamo. I know the genre is overly popullated now butthere are still bands here and there doing their own thing. anyways this album seems very promising and the name is great. Respira= Breathe in spanish.

Anonymous (May 1, 2004)

Forgive the repetitiveness, but Respira rock! I worte a review for this release as well. It's at the link below:

http://www.upbeetmusic.com/reviewsS.php?id=130

maverick (April 4, 2004)

Dude, it's only 5 bucks at greyflight.com. No excuse.

-Scott

CallingLondon (April 4, 2004)

oh. god. damnit. another fucking band i like now. i do not have the money to buy all these damn CDs, scott.

lieutenant (April 3, 2004)

Wow, I just visited punknerd.com and some dweeb bought the domain for his LiveJournal.

lieutenant (April 3, 2004)

I'm a nerd, so I miss Julie of Grey Flight's punknerd.com.

Anonymous (April 3, 2004)

that mp3 is pretty good once it picks up toward the middle

Anonymous (April 3, 2004)

another lame record

Anonymous (April 2, 2004)

they put on a pretty good live show...They randomly played here in Fredericksburg a month or two back...

Anonymous (April 2, 2004)

These guys are not punk.....they played at my high school a few years ago.....i was yawning.

Anonymous (April 2, 2004)

that was directed towards the first person not the engine down comment person, sorry

Anonymous (April 2, 2004)

youre dumb respira is rad

Icapped2pac (April 2, 2004)

You had me at "Engine Down". I'm checkin these guys out for sure.

Anonymous (April 2, 2004)

LOL Thousand Oaks? My shitty town...this place sux....I've never heard of these guys but most of the shit my town churns out is pure emo/screamo crap.

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