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Legs Up / My War - Split (Cover Artwork)

Legs Up / My War

Legs Up / My War: SplitSplit (2004)
State of Mind Recordings

Reviewer Rating: 1


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Here you will find 12 hardcore songs in 14 minutes by two different bands. Legs Up, from Long Island, is hardcore in the early 80's sense, and Richmond, Virginia's My War is more on the metallic side and more political lyrically, but could fit into the 80's style as well. Now that we've gotten th.
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Here you will find 12 hardcore songs in 14 minutes by two different bands. Legs Up, from Long Island, is hardcore in the early 80's sense, and Richmond, Virginia's My War is more on the metallic side and more political lyrically, but could fit into the 80's style as well.

Now that we've gotten that general info out of the way, let me just say that I don't like this. At all. It's just not my thing. I tried to give this a fair shake, but I just can't make myself like it; in fact, I find it hard not to laugh at it. The shortness of the songs is even funny, averaging a minute each - you look over at your player thinking "is this a new song? That was so short and this one sounds identical!" The lengths don't allow any room for development, and while yes, it is hardcore we're talking about, songwriting is still important.

Legs Up's singer has a good scream and the band is tolerable, plus they admit in their website's bio that they cultivated their sound "from an admitted lack of talent and songwriting capabilities." At least they're honest.

I laughed even harder when My War came on. A slower, more metal riff started, but then they picked up the speed and then: "Arrrrrrg!" They have lyrics in the book, but all I hear are varying lengths of "Arrg" such as "Arrrrrrrrrrrg!", "Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrg!" or even the brilliant "Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrg!" Damn, this shit's funny. Oh wait, it's not supposed to be? There's supposed to be a message? Well, I can't hear it. Mission not accomplished. I will not even bother to refer to any of the songs on this split, they all sound to similar to me.

Give me a little credit here hardcore people, before you start hatin' on me. Even though it is not my favorite of subgenres of punk, I still own classic hardcore albums by Bad Brains, Minor Threat and Black Flag (from whom My War took their name of course) as well as others because I know they are classic and essential in punk's history. Plus, they do make a good listen when I'm in the mood for it. This split is not a classic and never will be, and it is not essential in the history of punk, as both bands are taking several steps back and adding not much of their own to the style. If you want rehashed stuff, go for it and get this split. If you've got pent up rage or excess testosterone oozing from every pore, you may also like this. These guys sounds like they're having fun and they got the extra energy I guess, so keep doin' what you're doin' boys, but I won't be tuning in.

[Here is where I remind our readers that being a staff reviewer, I was sent this to review. Please don't post "Why would you review this if you hate it?" or anything similar. Go find an MP3 and form an opinion for yourself. Better yet, if you're one of their street team people or something, write your own second review. I'm done with this.]

 


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LikeWhoa (February 1, 2005)

" poorly written points / with borrowed beliefs

i am disheartened at the thought / of your disinformation

so tell us something we don't know / not just something you believe "

- Legs Up

Anonymous (January 31, 2005)

Hey, read some other reviews of the record and make your mind up for yourself: reviews

Anonymous (January 31, 2005)

my war is really good band and they are nice guys.

Anonymous (January 30, 2005)

Ahrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrg

Anonymous (January 29, 2005)

Never listened to these bands...but My War better be damn good to live up to the name of the greatest hardcore song ever recorded.

Anonymous (January 29, 2005)

Check out Admi Peterson's Arme' if you want to hear perfect black flag worship. Production, guitar sound, vocals...you'll swear its the second coming of early flag.

bizzlebrizzle (January 29, 2005)

I check out the mp3s, and this seemed really good.

Anonymous (January 29, 2005)

They get to sell them too!

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

do you get to keep the records they send you to review?

No, you should see the things they make us do with them.

I still can't walk right.

- Kirby

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

do you get to keep the records they send you to review?

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

If it sounds anything remotely like the chap below me said it would, then I'll definitely be checking this out in the near future.

What's up with this Greg fellow? Always the extremes with him.

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

Trust me, James from State Of Mind Rec. sent me this disc to review and it's fucking great! Legs Up play very solid modern hardcore somewhere between the lines of The Suicide File and Scraps And Heart Attacks, so hardcore-kids should be difinitely into them. My War are fucking intense , but some people just don't get it. Think of a dirtier version of Turmoil, so expect some great breakdowns and scary vocals.

If you like, then check the review at taketherisk.net - it comes a lot more to the point.

johnnydanger (January 28, 2005)

gregorb, you lose

score is for the record

i'm now going to buy it and give it a fair review as a hardcore kid who isnt familiar with these bands

skankin_in_the_pit (January 28, 2005)

I'm usually not too critical because you guys put so much work into this site, and i'm just some douchebag, but this dude reviewing this makes no sense. Sending a hardcore record to someone that will give them a low rating 95% of the time is really no help to anyone.

Are you guys gonna start sending Reliant K or Modest Mouse records to Forty to review?

sickboi (January 28, 2005)

I'm from Richmond and have never heard of My War, though it is my favorite Black Flag song.

inagreendase (January 28, 2005)

I have Legs Up's demo, and it's pretty good, but I was kind of indifferent on their side here.

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