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Little Yellow Box: Et CeteraEt Cetera (2004)
Negative Progression Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: AubinAubin
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Sometimes the "For Fans Of..." stickers that adorn more and more independent releases these days are pretty helpful in writing the reviews. For example, the one on Little Yellow Box's debut, Et Cetera says "For Fans of At the Drive-In, Glassjaw and Coheed & Cambria" and I can say, with some cer.
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Sometimes the "For Fans Of..." stickers that adorn more and more independent releases these days are pretty helpful in writing the reviews. For example, the one on Little Yellow Box's debut, Et Cetera says "For Fans of At the Drive-In, Glassjaw and Coheed & Cambria" and I can say, with some certainty that is a great deal of truth in that little sticker.

Like their obvious idols, the Connecticut-based post-hardcore act takes emotional vocals, unorthodox melodies and sets them to a driving, unpredictable rhythm section. Frankly, the only difference between Little Yellow Box and At the Drive-In or Coheed & Cambria is the strong influence of Glassjaw vocalist Daryl Palumbo on the vocals, with frontman Steven Carr providing a near carbon copy of the aforementioned bands emotional and slightly unconventional vocal stylings.

But, despite their fairly blatant imitation of those bands, the record is surprisingly tolerable. With Cedric and Omar ditching the punks for the potheads, Jim hanging with the mellow indie kids, and Daryl... - well, the less said about Head Automatica the better - it's not like there is a glut of bands playing this style of post-hardcore particularly well, and that is what probably saves Et Cetera from being relegated to the critical scrap heap.

The first two tracks are certainly the strongest, both delivering a frenetic energy and solid hooks throughout. The remainder of the short 21 minute record is a little more scatter shot, with some ideas overused and other sections underdeveloped, but still interesting enough.

There is very little new about Et Cetera, but the band manages to take a sound blueprint and inject a little style and wit into it, and for that they should be proud. One can hope that they manage to define themselves as more than the sum of their influences for their next record, and I can imagine them referred to in the same breath as their idols.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

I, Robot is the title of an Issac Asimov book, at least they could've been original.

Anonymous (October 11, 2004)

meant to give that 4
-Pete

Anonymous (October 11, 2004)

I caught this band live a few weeks ago after hearing alot about them. Their music sounds nothing like coheed, I can see some ATDI, and the singer really doesnt sound that much like daryl like people say(and i am a huge glassjaw fan). They played some "new" songs at the show as well which were nothing like these EP songs, very funky sounding, i personally like it better and cant wait for their full length. but this EP is great and deserves to be heard.
-Pete

Anonymous (October 9, 2004)

i saw this band open for rainer maria a few weeks ago in ct. i liked the instrumentalists but the vocals were just too high pitched.

Anonymous (October 9, 2004)

About a year or two ago i got a demo from this band and i didnt think it was all that bad the songs were pretty long with lots of good struvture and no screaming or anything, it sounded like a realllllly good alt rock band which i dont know i can handle when done well. but anyway maybe i should listen to this and deceide if its worth giving them a chnace. but considering how i hate coheed and whatever or glassjaw i might noit know. oh welllll

-I Hate The Kids

Marlon (October 9, 2004)

Heh. I think it's a pretty good review. I'd have given them the last half of the third star, but the review is still pretty damn accurate if you've heard them.

Anchors (October 8, 2004)

Et Cetera is the title of an I, Robot album.

At least they could be original.

Anonymous (October 8, 2004)

who could give one fuck?

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