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Ancille: The Flash and HumThe Flash and Hum (2004)
West Of January

Reviewer Rating: 1
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Contributed by: JesseJesse
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Remember Fairweather? That hardcore rip-off of Saves The Day? Apparently so does Ancille. But don't type cast them too easily, because they also sound very originally like Thursday and Taking Back Sunday. The result something that's completely new and fresh, full of creativity and unique song st.
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Remember Fairweather? That hardcore rip-off of Saves The Day? Apparently so does Ancille. But don't type cast them too easily, because they also sound very originally like Thursday and Taking Back Sunday. The result something that's completely new and fresh, full of creativity and unique song structures. At times, they even channel the ghost of 90s alternative rock, just to add a little bit of extra flavor.

Ugghh...I can't even keep up the facade. This band is so bland. Words like "wish," "photobooth," "lies," and "collapse" adorn the back of their CD by way of song titles. The average song length is a minute and a half, and even then the songs get old before they get to the end.

There are no standout tracks. Everything blends together into one seven-song, twelve-minute shitfest. "Collapse Design" sounds like a horrible attempt at a pop-punk song gone dark, while "A Kind of Wish," sounds exactly like the ho-hum mediocrity of the filler tracks on a Thursday album. I mean, it's not even good enough to sound like a good Thursday song (the word "good" used in relativity the regular audio-diarrhea they force out of the speakers). The low energy of the songs is partly due to the fact the the singer talks very monotone when he's not screaming. The least he could do is attempt to sing.

There you have it. Another "deep" band, exploring the realm of how much "screamo" American teens can take before they move on to the next aural trend.

 


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Anonymous (September 10, 2004)

this score reflects on the review(er). Saves the Day, Taking Back Sunday, Thursday....all good bands in their own respect. but to call Fairweather a hardcore Saves the Day ripoff...is illogical in every existing sense possible. Maybe people stopped listening after the release of "If They Move....Kill Them,"..but i for one did not...and it seems that those who did, got the short end of the stick. Alaska and Lusitania. go buy them. go worship their originality. but this review just has to go. YEAH TBS. YEAH THURSDAY. ANOTHER BIG HOOO-RAH FOR MTV. good day.

Anonymous (September 9, 2004)

Judging by the bands the reviewer referenced (Saves the Day, Taking Back Sunday), its obvious they have a taste of music that is probably skewered towards yellowcard rather than to anything that can be the least bit innovative within a fairly crowded scene. I would be more apt to say that Ancille is what happens when the screamo scene learns to get sassy.

My hat's off to you Jesse, for not knowing the difference between Screamo, Pop-Punk, and the fact that Thursday is in fact a good band (but you can go back to listening to Saves the Day and Taking Back Sunday if you like).

~Justin Walsh~
~Faction Radio Reviewer~"

So if somebody doesn't like your band, they obviously have no taste in music. Way to represent junior high style.

This band is generi-core.

Anonymous (September 8, 2004)

Oh isn't this reviewer just the cutest wise-ass. If you've heard The Flash and the Hum, you already know that it sounds nothing like Fairweather or Saves the Day. While the Thursday reference is fairly spot on as far as the song arrangement with the screaming (save for the portion related to the mediocrity), Ancille brings with it a different touch, one that is akin to Fugazi's spoken melodrama within songs. This fact was touched on by a review in Seattle's Indie rag 'The Stranger'.

Judging by the bands the reviewer referenced (Saves the Day, Taking Back Sunday), its obvious they have a taste of music that is probably skewered towards yellowcard rather than to anything that can be the least bit innovative within a fairly crowded scene. I would be more apt to say that Ancille is what happens when the screamo scene learns to get sassy.

My hat's off to you Jesse, for not knowing the difference between Screamo, Pop-Punk, and the fact that Thursday is in fact a good band (but you can go back to listening to Saves the Day and Taking Back Sunday if you like).

~Justin Walsh~
~Faction Radio Reviewer~

Anonymous (September 7, 2004)

this is for the review...

remember fairweather, the hardcore STD rip...?

are you serious? STD wishes they had fairweather's guitars... and chris connlelelelly wishes he had jay's voice (that was higher, while still being masculine).

fairweather had balls as well as pop, and they weren't bullshit.

slippy (September 5, 2004)

I liked Fairweather's last cd, a lot more than the latest Thursday cd.

Jesse (September 4, 2004)

Hey man, I do my job. I don't choose to review these, it's what bands send to Scott. Scott distributes to the staff reviewers. Just like how Forty gets all the metal/hardcore records, I get all the no-namers that suck. My section of reviews is "the shit no-one else had the will to review."

Anchors (September 4, 2004)

And the count of shitty cd's nobody has ever heard of or will ever again that Jesse has reviewed now exceeds...

23,753,886.

killyouridols (September 4, 2004)

so west of january.
if u have a calendar it goes like this :

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
30 31

so west of january.. must be 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17,22,23,24,30,31.
yeah.

mykindofmurder (September 3, 2004)

score is for the name of the record label.

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