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The Poison Arrows

The Poison Arrows: Trailer ParkTrailer Park (2004)
File 13

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: JesseJesse
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So how many of you have been to Epitonic.com? In my opinion, Epitonic has always been a great resource. Well, The Poison Arrows is Justin Sinkovich, co-founder of Epitonic.com, as his new moniker. He has been in Atombombpocketknife as well as Thumbnail, but now he's working as the founder of File 13.
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So how many of you have been to Epitonic.com? In my opinion, Epitonic has always been a great resource. Well, The Poison Arrows is Justin Sinkovich, co-founder of Epitonic.com, as his new moniker. He has been in Atombombpocketknife as well as Thumbnail, but now he's working as the founder of File 13 Records and making music under the Poison Arrows name. And what do The Poison Arrows sound like, you might ask? Well, to tell you the truth, it sounds like the music a guy who has a 4000-record collection would make. Smooth and ambient electro-pop that pays tribute just as much to bands like Sigur Ros as much as it does The Postal Service.

There are four songs on this EP: "Trailer Park," "We Take," "Bad Data Trip," and "Trailer Park [Martin Rev Remix]." "Trailer Park" is a grand and snotty two-chord track that makes me want to groove with its blip-beep percussion and assault of studio effects mixed over drawn out keyboards and melodic synths...something to listen to while sneering and wearing sunglasses, or something to put in a drug trip scene in a movie. You get the picture.

"We Take" is a near eight-minute ambient track with a steady beat and lots of noise in the intro and throughout it. Something like a mix between Sigur Ros and a slowed down Kid A. Really, the best way to describe it is that it's the most interesting background noise I've ever heard. So much that you find yourself making excuses to do something just to have it be played in the background.

"Bad Data Trip" is really experimental, and makes me think of a toned down Wolf Eyes. The remix is just the vocals from "Trailer Park" looped and delayed and messed with.

All in all, the first half is supremely solid while the second is interestingly experimental. This EP deserves an 8 for the first two tracks alone.

 

 
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Anonymous (December 19, 2004)

Oh, Jesse.

Jesse (December 18, 2004)

Whoa, there, buckaroo. I referenced the press sheet. It is not directly lifted from it. C'mon now, even I have standards. Oh, and the longest song on the CD is seven minutes and fifty-six seconds. I didn't like The Firebird Band because it was repetitive and that's why the songs were long. These songs have progression. Fuck choruses and hooks. Makes songs boring and prepped for radio play.

kenjamin (December 18, 2004)

Awesome! Epitonic changed my musical tastes forever. Couple years ago I found out about the site, typed in Get up Kids and At The Drive-in and just started downloading the recommended bands. Thank you.

armsreach (December 18, 2004)

Wow Jesse. Congratulations and rewording the press release for this band and not having to do any actual work. Did you actually listen to the EP? If not, you are finally a legitimate music critic. I mean, the 4,000 record line, that is word for word IDENTICAL to the releases that went out to press and radio.

As for this EP, it's just obnoxious, meandering noise. The songs don't go anywhere and last for upwards of 10 minutes at times. I can't believe that you fault Firebird Band for the length of their songs and youre perception that the songs don't go anywhere, yet you praise this as it does the same thing?

What you like is of course yur own opinion, but I genuinely feel that you didn't even listen to this, or just turned it on while playing Halo 2 as background noise.

Oh, and to the person below, Justin and Stephen bought File-13 and relocated it to Chicago a couple years ago.

Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

File 13?!?!?!?!?!?

Isn't that atoms label?!

Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

i've been listening to this band for 10 years....fucking posersesers.

Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

no, but your penis is.
twat

Anonymous (December 18, 2004)

"it sounds like the music a guy who has a 4000 record collection would make. Smooth and ambient electro-pop that pays tribute just as much to bands like Sigur Ros as much as it does The Postal Service."

What? Is my sarcasm detector broken?

-BSD

Anonymous (December 17, 2004)

There's a lawsuit hovering in the horizon....

-Chinatown

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