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The Blood Brothers: CrimesCrimes (2004)
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The Blood Brothers have always been innovators. From their music to their merchandise, they've left dozens of soundalines and lookalines in their wake, never being content with where they are now. The Blood Brothers are one of those bands you can always count on to deliver something wholly original,.
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The Blood Brothers have always been innovators. From their music to their merchandise, they've left dozens of soundalines and lookalines in their wake, never being content with where they are now. The Blood Brothers are one of those bands you can always count on to deliver something wholly original, whether or not you like it.

Fortunately, you'll like Crimes. You'll like it a lot.

Reeling in some of the spasticness from Burn Piano Island, Burn while at the same time lashing out even stronger, Crimes' 13 tracks and short running time (just under 39 minutes, to be precise) feels like a band finally coming into their own--ironic, since they've already made the album that most people will remember them for and consider their "benchmark" (Burn). The thing is, go listen to Burn again, and you'll find a record with an emormous lag in its mid-to-end section, and at close to an hour, the record had the chance to get old before you were even done listening to it. Crimes does not. These songs breeze by, with eight of them being under three minutes (and one, "Beautiful Horses," not even making two). Even the four-and-a-half minute "Peacocks Skeleton With Crooked Feathers" seems shorter than it is, due to the bouncy keyboard part delivered by screamer Johnny Whitney (y'know, the blond).

And speaking of Whitney, you might have thought his neck hair-raising yowls couldn't get any more high-pitched. Well, you'd be wrong - one listen to "Trash Flavored Trash" or "Rats And Rats And Rats For Candy" and you'll wonder if he's actually a chipmunk in a human costume. Co-screamer Jordan Blilie (y'know, the brunette) has developed almost a sinister quality to his delivery, sufficiently upping the creep-out factor.The two fuse their vocals even more perfectly than before, especially on the hip-hop breakdown in "Teen Heat."

Yeah, there's really a hip-hop breakdown, delivered courtesy of drummer du jour Marc Gadahjar. His style is equal parts Wu Tang and Saetia (or precision and tension, if you're uncomfortable with that analogy). Musically, this band just keeps getting better and better. Cody Votolato's guitar slices through Blilie and Whitney's banshee yells, and bassist/synth op Morgan Henderson makes himself near-invisible throughout the album, merely filling out what little space the band leaves him with aplomb.

The Blood Brothers aren't really "hardcore" anymore. "Sasscore," a term coined by yours truly, has already seemed to pigeonhole the band's sound (as evidenced by the gorgeous slow jam that is the title track). There's still a swagger evident in these songs, and while the band knows they're hot shit, they don't let it get in the way of doing what they do best - writing damn good songs. They didn't go overboard with production on here, nor extraneous instrumentation. They don't need to; they can leave all that to their imitators, who are still playing catch-up. Only the Blood Brothers could pull this album off, and the ease at which they do it is a refreshing slap in the face to all who listen.

Recommended.

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Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck [clip]

Stream the entire record here

 

 
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xsummerxsaddismx (February 7, 2008)

they are amazing!

im saddened that they broke up

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Abomination (November 21, 2007)

I believe after this album BB started going downhill.
It was always the intense dual scream's and shouts that always got my attention. Crimes never really satisfied that need.
Burn Piano Island, Burn and The Audltery is right will always be classic for delivering that.

The only songs off this album i've fallen in love with are..
Feed Me To The Forest (catchy intro riff)
Trash Flavored Trash
and Peacock skeleton with crooked feathers.

sleepwalker (November 9, 2007)

Did You Know: Crimes is better than Burn, Piano Island, Burn? It's true.

thurstonXwhore (February 14, 2007)

This cd pretty much blows. I remember my ex being so into it, me always thinking "is this the kind of hardcore chicks get into?" Of course, this shit isn't hardcore and it certainly isn't anything called "sasscore." That just sounds gay. Literally. Think about it. SASScore. Who the fuck has sass? Yes, let's invent more terms to impress our underground community. Pick up Red Medicine. It isn't sassy, but it does have attitude.

devestator (July 3, 2006)

this is by far the best CD i currenty (and probbly will ever) own.
the ammount of creativity that was poured into the lyrics and how many different styles of music that were used in this record is INCREDIBLE.
bloody hell, i love the Blood Brothers
you can bash Johnnys wailing and their "childish" instruments all you want, im still going to listen to this ablum and love everysecond of it

Anonymous (April 15, 2006)

blood brothers is like my favorite band. i would die to meet them

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

BSD is a fag and so is anyone who hates this album or this band.

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

BSD is a fag and so is anyone whjo hates this album or this band.

GreenVandal (July 15, 2005)

Fucking incredible album! No one likes the blood brothers at first. Well, some do, like me, but usually you have to force this shit down peoples throats for them to like it. But all you haters will see someday. One of the best bands going right now. Without a doubt.

md40_07 (July 4, 2005)

The Blood Brothers are awesome, i dont know why but i love them. First it was noice but then i got used to it and it was so addicting...sounds like everyone's story right? Hey has anyone else heard about the Blood Brothers and Yeah Yeah Yeah's EP thats comming out?

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

i have to say i thought they were shit at first, just sounded random so it got lost in the piles of crap at home. Then i picked it up again and started to hear all the stuff goin on not just noise- now im hooked and have been for quite a while. All my mates were the same thought it was shit at first but got into it after a while.

Anonymous (December 12, 2004)

Incredible. Almost as impressive as burn piano.

-Zak

Piebalding (November 15, 2004)

I had been hearing a lot about this band and bought "Burn Piano Island Burn" a while back and absolutely reveled in in its eccentric persona. So naturally I picked this up and my jaw dropped. Most of this album IS NOT what I was expecting at all. There are a few tunes that sound like they were left off of the last album but for the most part this is very different. Not to say that's a bad thing, this album does everything music should do: push the envelope in every direction and make the listener question what exactly they're hearing.

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

I can understand people not liking this band. they are very polarizing. but i personally think they fucking rule, and im still debating if this album is better then bpib. both of them are better at different times really.

-Greenvandal
does anyone remember me huh huh huh???

good to see BSD still hasnt left and is still talking random shit.

Anonymous (October 23, 2004)

You know who I really fucking hate? People who listen to barely 2 blood brothers songs and think they have the right to diss them

"ooh I listened to 5 seconds of rats and rats and rats for candy and this band sucks really bad, go listen to real hardcore"

fucking idiots, piss off

Jizle (October 23, 2004)

wow...this album is amazing....jonny's high pitched voice is orgasmic and the shreeks and howls never sounded so kick ass. I dig everything about this record. oh...and to everyone that disses noise-core or "sass-core"....fuck you....if you would actually listen to them youd see that they arent just playing random crap....each insterment is so percise and tight....the drummer from the locust, for example....never sticks to 4/4 time, and still manages to keep the band together....i love it. so yeh....eat shit.

thepillowcasemassacrebass (October 19, 2004)

Terrible. Sounds like a bunch of kids who just learned their instruments that wanted to solo.

Anonymous (October 17, 2004)

" Read the lyrics to a locust song, then read the lyrics to something by Sin Dios. Feel a little let down by this type of music? I sure do! "

oh fucking please. the locust and the blood brothers are more or less art projects masquerading as hardcore bands. am i let down? no, because i know they're a lot fucking smarter and creative than any old school hardcore band.

as a point of reference, i'd rather listen to Husker Du than Agnostic Front, rather listen to the Minutemen than Discharge, rather listen to Mission of Burma than GBH, rather listen to Wire than Sham 69.

there's a reason that most of the Locust's and Blood Brother's core fanbase is "indie kids" (i use the term cautiously). it's because these bands transcend their genres and create something new and interesting. something those unconcerned with useless genre tags can appreciate. so yeah, fuck off.

Icapped2pac (October 15, 2004)

If even Lynyrd Skynyrd fans are telling you to get a haircut, you must really have a nappy wig.

Anonymous (October 15, 2004)

Hm. Funny thing, that's what all of the Lynrd Skynrd fans tell me, also.

-BSD

Icapped2pac (October 15, 2004)

"all i have to contribute to this conversation is kids......you all need to go get a fucking haircut."

Couldn't have said it better myself.

Anonymous (October 15, 2004)

"(shrugs shoulders) opens door, rushes in and violently finishes paul off."

god bless the internet

-paul

Anonymous (October 15, 2004)

"i heard paul likes the cock.

sayin'"

the rumors are true anonymous. the rumors are true.

-paul

Anonymous (October 15, 2004)

"Crimes" i mean.

Anonymous (October 15, 2004)

in the top 5 of the year for sure

Anonymous (October 15, 2004)

all that matters is the new ted leo is fucking amazing

swingline (October 15, 2004)

there is a little man that stands next to me and makes me read all of the comments after the review i cant help it

1234go (October 15, 2004)

Your ass did not coin the term sasscore my friend.

Anonymous (October 15, 2004)

Don't read it dummy

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

Anyone know of a site that posts news similar to what's posted here, but doesn't have any commentary section? Seriously.

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

this album is tan-fastic...tan-motherfucking-fastic, i say

end communication

-notaclevername

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

i heard paul likes the cock.

sayin'

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

Solid review... just... well... "car rhymes" is such a terrible terrible song to introduce the album by........................................... yep.

That's aboot it.

Not-To-Regret (October 14, 2004)

What is this strange wailing I hear in this clip? ahhhh. Too many people think indie-rock is fucking good or something because its not that trendy. Just because something isn't trendy doesn't make it good in the underground sense.

I'm all for trying obscure music... when it's good.

When I read the description explaining "screamer" and "banshee" as the vocal styles I immediatley cringed.

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

"haha. i missed reading your rules. my bad. you may now go back to wacking off to the blood brothers."

(:closes door:)....wack,wackwackwack,wack,wack!!!! oooooooooooooooyea!!!!!!!

-paul"

(shrugs shoulders) opens door, rushes in and violently finishes paul off.

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

"haha. i missed reading your rules. my bad. you may now go back to wacking off to the blood brothers."

(:closes door:)....wack,wackwackwack,wack,wack!!!! oooooooooooooooyea!!!!!!!

-paul

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

"i wasn't name dropping to show credibility. who gives a fuck what bands i name. my point was, i prefer (although not limited) a certain subgenre of the "punk" world and me not liking the blood brothers is not something i should feel ashamed of because elitist scenesters like you say they're so damn talented and unique."

it was a funny coincidence though admit it. and i'm not elitest scenester. i'm 24, work in an office and own sugarcult cd's. plural. i like fugazi and new found glory equally. i am totally cool and gay at the same time. i'm too fat to be an indy scenester and i don't want to wear girl pants and have a gay haircut.

-paul

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

Ken-

Those bands sound so fucking generic. I think the Locust can get really old, but Los Crudos aren't revolutionizing anything.

I'm for progressive music. While old hardcore is better than this new stuff, new bands trying to sound old just annoy me.

-BSD

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

is there some sort of ongoing story that goes with each album?

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

"This Adultery Is Ripe" is their worst album. This album is way better.

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

Blood for Blood is better.

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

if i wanted to listen to mindless self indulgence, ill listen to Mindless Self Indulgence..not the blood brothers... i want blood brothers when i listen to blood brothers.

This Adultery is Ripe > Crimes

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

amazing isnt' it that this dork below me followed my rule's just a few posts after me. thanks for reading up and following my rules to sound like a smart guy.

-paul

haha. i missed reading your rules. my bad. you may now go back to wacking off to the blood brothers.

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

"to the post below me, you obviously didn't read this post, but case in point, thanks. see kids, this is how you sound cool. name drop the circle jerks, black flag etc. just like i said. hilarious. "

i wasn't name dropping to show credibility. who gives a fuck what bands i name. my point was, i prefer (although not limited) a certain subgenre of the "punk" world and me not liking the blood brothers is not something i should feel ashamed of because elitist scenesters like you say they're so damn talented and unique.

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

Ok so they might be able to play their instruments or whatever but heres just my thing about this bands i guess I like the locust alot and watching them play is fucking crazy just seeing how crazy those riffs actually are. An Albotross is fucking halirous and has a really raw sound and a really punk feel to it that i love. Melt Banana need i saw more they rule all of the above. The Blood Brothers to me just get lumped in with the rest and i feel compared to the rest they don't match up i mean just go look at the GSL lineup theyre full of this shit and I think better shit. Although this style gets old and annoying after a while i still love some of the bands. But thats just my reasoning behind why i dont really like the blood brothers and theres also the fact that every cd seems to get worse and worse than it already was.

wow that was long sorry im on a little speed binge here which also makes me want to add listen to kind of stuff on drugs and i dont mean smoke a little bowl or drink 3 beers i mean get fucked up and listen to this shit. then you love it even when your sober after words. why i dont know.

That applys greatly to Racebannon "In the Grips of the light" best cd ever.

-I Hate The Kids

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

this sucks so bad

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

to the post below me, you obviously didn't read this post, but case in point, thanks. see kids, this is how you sound cool. name drop the circle jerks, black flag etc. just like i said. hilarious.

""How can you kids be into post-hardcore without knowing anything about hardcore?

because musically this sounds nothing like old 80s hardcore..."

someone alwasy has to post this. its like ok
1.pop punk cd...explain how this is not pop punk and how pop punk was started by the decendents, or argue that lagwagon and fat punk is pop punk not band X
2.name drop ATDI or jawbreaker. it makes you sound smart.

3.correct anyone who says band X is screamo. call it 'mall emo' and tell them saetia or some shit is REAL screamo

4.explain how something isn't hardcore. name drop early 80's DC hardcore bands.

these are the rules to sound like a smart music guy on the punknews boards. it will never get old.

-paul""

amazing isnt' it that this dork below me followed my rule's just a few posts after me. thanks for reading up and following my rules to sound like a smart guy.

-paul

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

I can guarantee the people bashing this are the same people who bash Mogwai all the time because they don't play songs like some 1980's hardcore band no one ever gave a fuck about.

Amazingly,you are able to use more than three chords in a song. But of course, that's not what the "punx" like to hear

i'm not one of the "punx" but my favorite style of music is old school punk/80's hardcore like those bands.....oh i think they're called minor threat and circle jerks and agnostic front....yeah, nobody's heard of em. anyways, my bad for not liking this band because it uses more chords and has more "intelligent" screaming. i need to get with the program.

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

I can guarantee the people bashing this are the same people who bash Mogwai all the time because they don't play songs like some 1980's hardcore band no one ever gave a fuck about.

Amazingly,you are able to use more than three chords in a song. But of course, that's not what the "punx" like to hear.

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

Vote badnarik!!
This album.... is ok... im getting used to the higher pitched voice... eh...

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

screw this emo crap band VOTE KERRY

elliot (October 14, 2004)

ugghhh, why are you guys such boners? booorrrriiinggg!!!! blood brothers bring the noise AND the funk, so get bent.

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

that clip is horrible. ive never heard this band until just now and that was truly terrible.

joeg (October 14, 2004)

all i have to contribute to this conversation is kids......you all need to go get a fucking haircut.

Jesse (October 14, 2004)

Wooo! I got a death threat! This score's for that.

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

"How can you kids be into post-hardcore without knowing anything about hardcore?

because musically this sounds nothing like old 80s hardcore..."

someone alwasy has to post this. its like ok
1.pop punk cd...explain how this is not pop punk and how pop punk was started by the decendents, or argue that lagwagon and fat punk is pop punk not band X
2.name drop ATDI or jawbreaker. it makes you sound smart.

3.correct anyone who says band X is screamo. call it 'mall emo' and tell them saetia or some shit is REAL screamo

4.explain how something isn't hardcore. name drop early 80's DC hardcore bands.

these are the rules to sound like a smart music guy on the punknews boards. it will never get old.

-paul

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

I love Crimes. At first, I was a bit taken back due to the higher vocals... but its grown on me, just as they grew on me when I first heard about them.

On a side note, There wasnt a single track on piano island that I disliked, as goes the same with crimes.

the sad thing, is that half of these kids shitting on it will be praising it in a few months.

and it sucks that people need to bring this high and mighty "more hxc than you" persona into it. Yeah, give kenny G five minutes in compton, i doubt he'd do well there too. Its a different style of music with a different taste, its not that easy to say "omg in 82 hardcore punk we'd kill them olol!"

bottom line, its original, and i love it.

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

How can you kids be into post-hardcore without knowing anything about hardcore?

because musically this sounds nothing like old 80s hardcore...

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

Yeah BSD, i figured you'd waigh in on this. I wasn't around in '82 (were you?...were any of us?!?) but i sure as fuck know my roots and know that this mtv-ready emo with less tonality bullshit sure as fuck isn't a credible challenge to Hardcore music. It lacks the ideology and attack that makes hardcore bands like Los Crudos or Discarga so fucking powerful. Read the lyrics to a locust song, then read the lyrics to something by Sin Dios. Feel a little let down by this type of music? I sure do!

-Ken

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

How can you kids be into post-hardcore without knowing anything about hardcore?

-Ken

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

How can anyone not appreciate this bands talent...unmatched by anyone. Go so them on tour you'll be blown away.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

Jesse, you crossed the line with the Waxwing comment. Next time I see you, I will kill you.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

over the course of one day i went from hating it to liking it a lot. not as good as burn, but still very solid.

-benz

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

Das Oath are good. But I don't think they want you listening anyway so who the fuck cares. Try out some Charles Bronson and Spazz and tell me they're new and artsy. Becuase then you'd be a fucking idiot.

-I Hate The Kids

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

all i have to say is holyshit

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

You know, I never liked this band, but I went to their show last week at the Glasshouse to see Against Me (fucking awesome as usual), and Blood Bros blew me away. Tons of energy, entertaining spectacle, and the high vocals sounded way better live than I remember from MP3s.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

"Das Oath is no better than this."

I don't see the relation. Das Oath are thrash/hardcore.

-BSD

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

"If you've bought this but don't own everything Negative FX and Negative Approach put out...go fucking die. "

i see little incommon between the blood brothers and macho 80s tuff guy hardcore.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

Ok I agree Pearl Jam has a "punk rock attitude" or whatever and Eddie Vedder does a lot of important things but it's not like this style of music and scene (punk rock) invented activism or even modern activism. Yeah, it's carried along very well but that really has nothing to do with Eddie Vedder.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

Das Oath is no better than this.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

"fuck sexy rock stars. i want ugly fucking unwashed dudes giving me my music, not pretty boys in tiny clothes."

They are not sexy rock stars nor are they trying to be. When I saw then live they looked almost filthy. They may have been wearing tight clothes but they weren't clean and tight clothes. I didn't smell them but they looked as if they might have a wicked odor.

I love BPIB, I like their live show, and I like this album so far. I wouldn't care if they wore patchwork pants and tie-dye shirts. Well, actually, I don't like hippies so I would prefer they didn't.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

"The Oath wouldn't survive 5 minutes on stage before the kids killed them."

Hahaha. You're an oaf. The guy from Charles Bronson is is Das Oath, and they definitely played very "non-art" music.

"I'd like to see them pull this shit in Boston/DC in 1982"? So were you around back then?

You're dismissing this music for the wrong reasons. It's not shitty because it's trying to do something new. If they pulled it off, that would be great. It's shitty because it's boring.

Das Oath, on the other hand, rock my fucking world.

And yeah, I have "everything by Negative FX and Negative Approach"... It's like 2 CD's. And if I had to choose between new bands keeping it "old school" and new bands trying to do something that hasn't been done a million times before, I'd definitely choose the latter.

-BSD

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

This score is for their live show.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

fuck sexy rock stars. i want ugly fucking unwashed dudes giving me my music, not pretty boys in tiny clothes.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

I really liked BPIB and everything else the blood brothers put out, but i'm not really feeling this. I listened to them for the frenzied energy in their songs and this new album just doesn't seem to have it with the new direction they're taking.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

wick wick wack!!!

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

Drivel. File this with the locust under "Shitty art-damaged post hardcore". I can't figure out what draws people to this crap - is it the emo lyrics guised under horrible noise soundscapes? Or is it the generic scribble art and wacky personas of the musicians themselves?

I'd have loved to see these type of bands pull this shit in Boston or DC circa 1982. I'd bet BloodBrothers / Locust / The Oath wouldn't survive 5 minutes on stage before the kids killed them.

If you've bought this but don't own everything Negative FX and Negative Approach put out...go fucking die.

-Ken

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

pearl jam's music is not punk. eddie vedders attitude is. refusing to sell through ticketmaster, refusing to make music video's after jeremy, etc. he is an activist and donats a lot to charity. he has punk ethics in my book, but no, pearl jam are not a punk band.

where the canaries and crows go is probably the worst song on BPIB. blood thirsty zeppelins was a little wack too i thought.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

The only song that I felt lagged on BPIB was "I Know Where the Canaries and Crows Go".

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

Deserves a 10. Best album of the year, hands down. I've had this album for like 4 months and yeah, it's amazing.

slippy (October 13, 2004)

I'll be buying this.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

Rationalize it all you want, but Pearl Jam isn't punk. Never has been, never will be.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

"I had an argument with one of my freinds in gym and he said that Pearl Jam is punk. They are not punk and it pissed me off."

Pearl Jam is more punk than half of the shit that gets called punk rock these days. Their music is derived off of punk rock and eddie vedder is a pretty big activist for human rights and the like. just because they dont play your shitty local scene with the offspring and green day doesnt mean they arent punk rock.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

Sasscore? That's pretty stupid. I suppose it's better than Mediocore though.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

these band is fucking lame.

-I Hate The Kids

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

Pearl Jam IS the only band that still exists after the Seattle thing happened. I think their guitarists are amazing.

Barkley

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

I had an argument with one of my freinds in gym and he said that Pearl Jam is punk. They are not punk and it pissed me off. I know this comment doesnt relate to this story, but i had to get it off my chest.

sickboi (October 13, 2004)

Piano Island grew on me, mainly because of the hard sound mixed with some interesting rhythm. But without that hard edge (and I use that term loosely, its just that irritating voice).

From the sound of that MP3, I'll pass.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

sick

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

I like the drumming....Everything else=crap.

Could this guys voice be any more annoying?

Boo this band, BOO!!!

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

I like how people always describe music as being 'ahead of its time' when they think they should like something, but aren't sure if they do.

if you like an album, say its because you like the songwriting, not because you're hoping everyone will like it in a few years.

too bad i cant score the album because everyone is too busy talking about if it's cool to pretend to like this band, instead of talking about the music.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

elliot, my condolences. not knowing you like shit is just.....sad.

elliot (October 13, 2004)

hey, i heard that sneering hipsters are really cool! i heard it's like totally against the grain to hate stuff that a lot of people love. and since the blood brothers are making some amazing music that's way ahead of its time, and people are appreciating it, then they're probably overrated! fuck that shit!

fucking seriously. i think i might have to go out on a limb and say they're one of my favorite bands. i'm gonna see them on sunday with against me, and i'm looking forward to it like whoa.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

I got this, but havent had a chance to listen yet. Burn piano island, burn was in my top 10 of 2003. sick, sick album, very innovative and intense.

oh yea, the second half of BPIB DID lag a bit, but the last song was one of the best on the album.

-paul

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

I hated this at first because of the higher voice and slower tempo but after a few listens I love it. Awesome record!

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

This score is for comparing this overratted band to Saetia.

I'm pretty sick of The Blood Brothers. I don't question their ability to play music and write songs, but their annoying.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

where the hell did all the energy go??
and why did his voice have to get even whiner??
the whine level on BPIB was fine, this is just horrible tho

thumbs down man

squirrelbait (October 13, 2004)

I agree 100% with Scott on this review. They have such an original sound, and they write really, really good songs. I like this even better than BPIB, and I used to think it couldn't get any better.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

okay so i've let the album sink in some more and while i still like it, i have some complaints.

some of the lyrics are lame. it's not even that they're lame, it's just they're so much more obvious now that johnny and jordan are singing more than screaming. something about a condom rapper on the title track, i dunno. awkward. plus sometimes they're really wordy, like it seems like they're trying to fit too many words in one line. it makes me think maybe they were better screamers than singers, as some of their melodies aren't too hot. it also seems like jordan could have done a better take while recording his 'time to shine' in the aforementioned title track. there are some fantastic hooks though, especially in 'peacock' and 'execution'

musically, the drums are way simpler on this album. way simpler, but not necessarily for the worst. a lot of the songs are slower too, which i guess calls for simpler drumming. the guitar and bass are still badass, unique chords, all that.

as for the guys knocking their style and stuff. i say who cares. i mean i know where you're coming from, seeing everyone at a show with unevenly cut hair and gauges and shit gets old, and will soon die just like ska and rudeboys and such. but seriously, take the music for what it is. if you dont appreciate the music, dont knock on the band because of the scene that got associated with it. word.

-ryan
thisistheend.org

swingline (October 13, 2004)

then we're going to have a lot of balloons! horray!

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

This albums blows like your mom

jones the bone

sweetsugarpezz (October 13, 2004)

i like this album.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

Oh man, jesse you are a winner.

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

Don't come to the site then, if all you are going to do is criticise the person who runs the site, and the site itself

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

It's obviously a typo. Scott meant to write "Asscore."

-Robert Clemens

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

jesse i stumbled upon the pink spiders purevolume site,and their new song from an upcoming cd is acctually pretty gooc.

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

I love how Scott trips on his big ego again and says:

The Blood Brothers aren't really "hardcore" anymore. "Sasscore," a term coined by yours truly.

That my be the funniest quote of the year....trust me you WERE NOT the first to invent that word. And even if you really were for arguments sake, who the fuck cares? Weren't you supposed to go away and retire from this site?

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

Faggotcore at its finest. What a piece of shit band

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

I really found that new "These arms are Snakes" disc to be one to fall into the latter category that I just spoke of. I can't bash on Jade Tree for it has given me some of all time favs (tpr, lifetime/kd, strike anywhere, jtb, explosion) but upon hearing that last There arms are snakes, I actually said to myself here's when the distorted bass part is gonna kick in and lo and behold. Then I threw the disc across the room never to be heard from again. It's not fair for me to make this band who is obviously talented my scapegoat for unorginality but SOMEONE PLEASE! oh god Please do something about this redundantcy of style/sound. I for one cannot I have tried. So I'm to blame as well.

Barkley

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

The instrumentation is amazing. Thats what sets this apart from the pack friend. C'mon do we really need another post-punk/hardcore/metalcore band? I love various bands from these genres as much as the next org reader, but originality after all these years and I mean years is starting to take a front seat to bands emulating Glassjaw and Refused.

Barkley

Jesse (October 12, 2004)

*cough* Hey douchebag, read my critique of this record. All I talk about is the actual music. *cough*

Just because my scathing reviews of a few bands come off more as rants doesn't mean that all of them are. I have plenty insightful reviews of bands that I actually like, and if you go read Scott's Onelinedrawing review, you'll see that it's more of a rant about why he doesn't like Onelinedrawing than a review of the actual record on hand. Not once have I mentioned clothing in a review, either. You must be thinking of the one time I yelled at The Pink Spiders for crediting a hair stylist in their liner notes. Even you have to admit that that was over the top.

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

I like this scott fellow, he actually reviews albums on how good they are, not by the clothes they wear or what scenster fucks think about them. *cough* Jesse *cough*

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

I'm really liking this cd...

The score is for Jesse.

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

i can't get over that the singer hasn't hit puberty yet.

swingline (October 12, 2004)

yay or nay?

recordings (October 12, 2004)

most overhyped band in undersized clothing ever. when will you trendy scene tools wise up. this shits terrible. fucking sassyness? what the hell is this a parade? dress up in sequins next time, rock stars.

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

It's on a major, so it can't be that good.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

The American Nativist Party demands a Q and Not U review! A red-blooded American band from DC.

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

"is anyone in this band straight?"

Are you?

Great shit. I'm not sure if I like it more than BPIP, but it's definitely got "This Adultery..." and "March On..." beat.

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

is anyone in this band straight?

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

quite possibly one of the most overrated bands in recent memory. all you scenesters need to loosen up on your extra small t-shirts and jeans because the lack of blood to your brain is obviously clouding your judgment on what is good and what is not. this is not.

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

Heh. The benefits of never liking this band...

-BSD

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

This album is great. Their lyrics are top-notch. Ear candy.

maverick (October 12, 2004)

"The drummer is even been known to say that if he wasn't in The Blood Brothers that he would hate this band."

Prove it, you stupid motherfucker.

And I mean that with all due respect.

-Scott

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

I coined "Southparkcore" in reference to these dudes.

Still lovin' this disc

Barkley

Jesse (October 12, 2004)

Also, mind you, that Scott references Wu-Tang in this review and doesn't know shit about the Wu, and the fact that he also loves Brand New.

That's what this is, this is The Blood Brothers Lite, you know, for people who also like bands like Brand New.

Fuck this shit.

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

That supertramp influenced keyboard part in that Peacock song is absolutely fucking royal. My ambition is to see what would happen to an indie/rock club crowd at 1:00am when that song comes on over the system

Barkley

P.s I love this album so much. Its really not that much different from "Burn Piano Island Burn" so get over it wankers. This album makes me think of the Hot Hot Heat on Crystal Meth

Jesse (October 12, 2004)

The reason why Burn, Piano Island, Burn was so good was because of the technical aspect and the amazingly well-written lyrics. Also, the band was at the epitome of energy. Listening to this recording, the half the band sounds bored out of their mind, not to mention Johnny's vocals just being out of hand.

Sure, I liked them on March On, Electric Children, and they were pushing it on Burn, Piano Island, Burn, but on this recording, they are absolutely over the top. It's just too shitty when you can listen and hear the lack of energy in the bass and the drums. The drummer is even been known to say that if he wasn't in The Blood Brothers that he would hate this band.

Someone needs to put Cody back in that shitty band Waxwing.

kenjamin (October 12, 2004)

What the hell is this? Am I listening to Melt Banana? Atleast with MB I can appreciate the weirdness. This is just plain uncomfortable. Someone told me this was hardcore. I shall promptly go mushroom stamp that person.

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

Where's the leftover crack review!

waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Imposs1ble (October 12, 2004)

Jesse, you have to stop giving everything half a star.

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

i listened to the e-card recently and completely forgot about this album until now. that just shows that 2004 is seriously the best year of music in the 21st century.

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

go see this band with against me! and don't forget to leave before the blood bros. play

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

Great album, though none of the songs tops The Shame (last song on BPI,B) as far as intensity and dynamic is concerned. This album definitely (or perhaps obviously) tops Electric Children and Adultery, but I dunno if it's better than BPIP...i'll have to listen to it more and let it all sink in.

Lyrics are great as ever. Johnny's a fucking genius
-ryan
thisistheend.org

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

Damnit jesse you just get dumber and dumber with each and every post. WTF?

Jesse (October 12, 2004)

Whoa now, this record is terrible. I don't know what the fuck Scott is talking about.

Anonymous (October 12, 2004)

great review, i'm really excited for this one. what tracks would be considered the lagging in the middle of Burn Piano Island? I love tracks 1-9, but I have no memory of 10-12.

bemused (October 12, 2004)

I like the cover aswell, thats gotta count for something

bemused (October 12, 2004)

I'm still undecided about whether I like "Burn Piano Island, Burn", some year and a half on. Its good tracks were truly memorable, but its bad tracks were extremely hard to listen to. I might give this a chance, hell its gotta be better than the new Fear Before the March of Flames record!

inagreendase (October 12, 2004)

Yeah, this pretty much rules, but the songwriting is seemingly more "normal," which is one of the only reasons I think I slightly prefer Burn.... It's still out there, but it's easier to make sense of.

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