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More Material

More Material: Snow Owls For A Better ChinaSnow Owls For A Better China (2004)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: JesseJesse
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Although they were short lived, More Material has left their mark by way of a five song EP. Three of the songs are on their PureVolume site, but really, it's the two others that completely stick out and blow me away. I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me start over. More Material's sound can be cl.


Although they were short lived, More Material has left their mark by way of a five song EP. Three of the songs are on their PureVolume site, but really, it's the two others that completely stick out and blow me away. I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me start over. More Material's sound can be classified as a string of continuous loops with branches of freakout noise. But that in no way does their sound justice. Their vocals range from talking to screaming, the keyboards range from dancey to spooky, the guitar ranges from screeching chords to heavy riffs, the bass ranges from repetitive, rhythmic one note strokes to huge killer lines, and altogether it's held by some of the most inventive drumming that follows crazy patterns and shows off the bands talent and ingenuity. I guess I would end up throwing it all under some sort of label like "psychedelic-post-hardcore" or some bullshit like that, but labels suck. Just listen to it.

The problem with this band is that the lyrics are beautifully written, but are difficult to decipher during screaming parts. Lines like "I'm not living anything today, I'm just remembering it tomorrow" and "And couldn't kids be a perfect catastrophe for every party hit that tastes like medicine, red eyed and awake peeling mascara snakes off your face, lipstick smears on the mirror screaming suck suck suck" get lost among the noise. But I guess that's okay, because the music is amazing in and of itself.

You can say that this review is all hype. You can say that you've never heard of this band and that you don't care, and that you never want to hear this band. That's fine. But I will let you know that I've been listening to songs from this EP for about three months now, and each time I find some new part that I love, or some little piece that seemed hidden upon the first listen.

I also realize that you won't be able to find this at a record store anywhere, so if you really dig it and want to buy it, send an e-mail to colinuriah@hotmail.com . Also check the link for their PureVolume site.

 

 
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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 (November 15, 2004)

this sound is fantastic, sounds like if mewithout didnt suck and they had a child with blood brothers and old atdi...good to see something new is finally fucking happening.

Anonymous (November 14, 2004)

the album is really fcking good, very inventive and mind blowing drums, you guys need to settle your prissing matches somewhere else, fucking net geeks.

Anonymous (November 13, 2004)

score is for noah... if i could have given him zero stars i would have

Anonymous (November 13, 2004)

Score is for BSD and any CD in his possession.

Anonymous (November 13, 2004)

Score is for Chinatown, Anchors, Pavement, and Alexisonfire.

-BSD

Anonymous (November 13, 2004)

score is for the lyrics, Jesse, and Chinatown.

Anchors (November 13, 2004)

Score is for those lyrics, and Chinatown.

Jesse (November 13, 2004)

And once again, homophobia strikes. Feminine gait? Is that a problem? People tell me I actually walk more like Shaggy from Scooby Doo, but if I did have a feminine gait, what would be wrong with it? And violence? Go join the football team.

Anonymous (November 13, 2004)

I was unaware that popularity had any say on one's ability to post here.

You fucking bitch, if I ever see you walking on the street in your feminine gait, I'll bash your head in using a hubcap (yes, I carry a hubcap around with me).

-Chinatown

Anonymous (November 13, 2004)

This score is for Jesse telling Chinatown to fuck off.. and for Jesse's reviews.. always a good read!

Jesse (November 13, 2004)

My one message to Chinatown ‚??

Fuck off dude. Seriously. Everyone hates you. Even I have some fans, and almost everyone hates me. This score is a representation of how many people appreciate your presence here at Punknews.

Anonymous (November 13, 2004)

this band is awesome, fuck jesse though.

Anonymous (November 12, 2004)

"And couldn't kids be a perfect catastrophe for every party hit that tastes like medicine, red eyed and awake peeling mascara snakes off your face, lipstick smears on the mirror screaming suck suck suck"

Had these lyrics been written by a tatecore band on Victory records, you would have denounced them as cliché. You're a fucking tool.

-Chinatown

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