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Read Yellow

Read Yellow: Radios Burn FasterRadios Burn Faster (2004)
Fenway

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There's not much to the history of this band. None of them were in well known previous bands, this is not a solo project, there are no young prodigies here, no old guys, no international heroes, no rags-to-riches stories. They were simply a group of students at U of Massachusetts who met in 2001, fo.
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There's not much to the history of this band. None of them were in well known previous bands, this is not a solo project, there are no young prodigies here, no old guys, no international heroes, no rags-to-riches stories. They were simply a group of students at U of Massachusetts who met in 2001, formed a band and met the guy from Fenway records. It appears they have been working their asses off playing live, so if this is the first you're hearing of them (like me) it probably won't be the last.

The majority of tracks sound like something off Sparta's Wiretap Scars or a little more straightforward Pretty Girls Make Graves with a guy singingâ?¦ but then again, a girl sings on here too. Bassist Michelle sings lead on three tracks, the best of those being the especially PGMG-ish "Static". Then some tracks sound like the Sex Pistols-"Fashion Fatale" is a simple four-chord fuzz-rocker with sang-spat lyrics over top. And then you've got "Spark City Sky", which starts out pretty standard and then all of a sudden ends like Sabbath. It makes a bit more sense when it leads into "Modern Phobias", a sudden flirtation with hardcore.

Starting with that sudden shift, the second half of the album seems to lose focus. Sure, they go back to their sound after that track, but then all of a sudden you got a different singer for two tracks (Michelle sings on two in a row, 8 and 9), and the songs also get longerâ?¦ a it's bunch of little things. And it's not that I got anything against long songs, but they seem to dwell and go too long without lyrics, while not maintaining my interest instrumentally (I do however like the handclaps and solo drums in "Soleil"). The title track would have to be the standout in the second half, and like I said, Michelle's "Static" has its moments, but the album still loses momentum.

Read Yellow will likely be popping up more and more. They are getting their name out there by sharing the stage with some big name acts like â?¦Trail of Dead, Thursday and The Distillers, and they are currently on tour with Dillinger Escape Plan and Planes Mistaken for Stars. Radios Burn Faster is a decent full length debut for the band, and once they cut out the within-song musical filler and stick to what works, we just may have a band worthy of national attention.

 


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jbt (March 8, 2009)

i loved this record. still do.

Anonymous (September 3, 2004)

if anyone here is one of the 6 people that saw these guys at the larimer lounge, you know how fucking lame these guys are "music is all about the fashion" ok buddy

Anonymous (August 10, 2004)

This band is lame. They've lucked into some quality opening slots stateside because they're all the rage in the UK.

They've also greated a new alternative to the ever so clever synchronized jump -- the synchronized dip. Not quite a head bang, not quite a head bob, they play some chords and then duck their heads. They act like their guitar chords are blowing them all over the stage due to some mysterious force. If that's stage energy I'd rather see an unplugged performance.

Jd (August 9, 2004)

"and once they cut out the within-song musical filler and stick to what works.."

see this band live and realize their "within-song musical filler" isn't filler at all. its how they write their music. they thrive off of the feedback and the ringing of notes and chords. it isn't filler at all. senseless comment. thats like saying...those song would be better with different lyrics. wouldn't be the same songs at all.

Anonymous (August 7, 2004)

thanks, i was wondering about the pronunciation.

Anonymous (August 7, 2004)

i saw them with planes and dillenger and daughters and the entire show was amazing, read yellow was amazing etc. tons of energy without overdoing it. the bassist, pretty as she is, looked totally bored and super pissed when the lead singer nearly took her out with some theatrics.

great name. not "reed" but "red."

citizen

Anonymous (August 6, 2004)

UMass: Its EDUCATIONAL!!!

mykindofmurder (August 6, 2004)

stupid.ass.name.

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