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Pitch Black: This Is The Modern SoundThis Is The Modern Sound (2005)
Revelation Records

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Pitch Black's self-titled debut is apparently regarded by many as a competent profile of East Bay punk, albeit one that borders on AFI plagiarism. So after three years passed and the addition of a keyboardist in Jeremy Goody is factored in, it's hard to say what the next logical step in musical evol.
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Pitch Black's self-titled debut is apparently regarded by many as a competent profile of East Bay punk, albeit one that borders on AFI plagiarism. So after three years passed and the addition of a keyboardist in Jeremy Goody is factored in, it's hard to say what the next logical step in musical evolution would be. I doubt it's This Is The Modern Sound, but maybe that's what gives the band's sophomore effort its charm.

The band has jumped to a more classic punk-influenced, slightly more subdued though still aggressive rock sound in the vein of Your Enemies Friends and former tour mates Pretty Girls Make Graves than anything else. What makes it odd is that for all the differences, there still seems to be a lot the album would share in common with Pitch Black's self-titled disc. It's just as dark with vocals as equally snotty as their past style would command. There's a somehow restrained yet semi-chaotic wall-of-sound for most of the tracks, filled with screeching guitars, spine-tingling organs, and a ghostly, yelping front man in Kevin Cross, all helped by production a bit more retro than most of PB's slick-sounding contemporaries. It's honestly fucking creepy, and never in an overly gothic, ironic way.

"Tonopah," which opens the album, gives a good idea of what's to come. Cross yells over staccato-like slammed drum fills and abrupt keyboard chords, and the mood is pretty much set. "Plastic Eyes" raises a few notches on the experimental meter with some weird bells and whistles for lack of a better phrase, with its follower "Mine Shafts And The Laws Of Gravity" picking up the tempo a bit and subsequently keeping a classic Bay punk influence intact. "Bronze Lady Pt. 2" is an interesting interlude of sorts towards the end of the disc, with wah-wah trumpet and some strings leading the pace of the 1:29 track.

This Is The Modern Sound isn't just an interesting step for Pitch Black; it's an indie rock trip through a very non-sardonic haunted house.

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Anonymous (April 3, 2005)

Their first album was pretty damned good., I must admit......

However,

This one fucking RULES.

Great change of sound, it's a bit like the old Pitch Black--but on a shitload of steroids! I hope to see them live here eventually....

Anonymous (March 23, 2005)

This is the best thing I've come acroos in a while.

Sounds like these guys have been listening to A LOT of different music.

I think they are trying to interpret history for a better tomorrow.

reminds me of the Animals, or some psych rock stuff that's PISSED!

of course nothing is new -they know it, I know it.

It's after the end of the world. Don't you know that yet?

Anonymous (March 17, 2005)

Most of you are whiny, complaining idiots. You just don't get it.

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

Same here, classy all the way

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

This score's for the band taking the time to participate in this message board.

readmag (March 13, 2005)

Well, I think it rocks a bit, but it's no Operation: Mindcrime.

Jamie_PitchBlack (March 13, 2005)

Hi everyone--This is Jamie from Pitch Black here. I'm excited to see people talking about the album (good or bad, it doesn't matter to me!)
A couple of things I'd like to mention (from the posts that I 've read).......First of all, don't let the name of the album and/or the artwork fool you..We're the same band doing the same thing but with a bit more experience working together. The title "The Modern Sound" simply means that this is what we're playing now, a little less traditional hardcore-punk, more than 4 chord 1-2-3-4 riffs, and lot's of loud fucking rock and roll!
When we practice, we're not trying to win anyone's heart, we play together because it's a fun way to spend the evening after a long day of work. We play the music WE like to play (especially since each of us have been in the scene for 10-15 years, we're really truly just enjoying ourselves and trying to help other people have something new to rock out to)
Don't take anything too serious, and for god's sake treat each other nice on these boards. Back in the MRR days nobody was "anonymous."
Enjoy the album (or don't) and treat each other good.
Come say "Hi" at www.the modernsound.com. We'll have a complete message/blog/profile board up in a few days.

I won't have time to check in again, unfortunately, but I thought I'd just drop in a say "Hi."

Take Care All.

Fuck Bush's Wars,

--Jamie Pitch Black

kenfuggit (March 13, 2005)

"DON'T CARE about the past bands enough to dwell on a particular genre/decade....None of us can ever see them again. So maybe you should support the new bands that put out good quality shit like this band did with this release...."

....Except in the case of RIISTETYT from finland who are on tour right fucking now. They last toured the US in 1984. I saw them in Ann Arbor last night and it was seriously in the top 2 or 3 shows I've ever seen - period. 1980's Finnish Hardcore rules.

-Ken

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

Mr. booshay says Fuck yeah.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

I love their first album and the split on lookout with The Enemies. Plus the art is always great but somehow this one doesn't sound as sincere. like they're trying to be different when they should just rok.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

speaking as a slight fuddy duddy, i just listened to some of their songs on myspace and this isn't bad. one song did remind me of jehu/hot snakes, but the rest is kind of gothy punk that sounds a little like classic old so. cal. stuff like the adolescents or tsol. but faster and produced better(?).

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

I've rarely seen a more ignorant comment on this board. Appreciating history is very different from being stuck in the past. Pitch Black doesn't stand up well to its peers, let alone its forefathers.

Anonymous (March 11, 2005)

"Remember when CA punk was the greatest thing in the world? I miss those days."

OpIVY, c'mon. that was a decade ago and they were sloppy as hell......catchy, but sheesh. Now is now.

I think the title "This is the Modern Sound" probably has to do with comments like that. People that say things like "remember when????"

Guess what, it sucked when my grandpa would tell me stories of back in his day, and it sucks now when someone my age does the same. I (and I probably speak for many) DON'T CARE about the past bands enough to dwell on a particular genre/decade....None of us can ever see them again. So maybe you should support the new bands that put out good quality shit like this band did with this release....Ten years from now you may be saying the sames things about these bands.........but because you're stuck inthe past complaining about it, you'll miss the boat!

This is a really freaking great record in my opinion. Especially considering all the other crap that comes out now.
Just my 2 cents.

wade_garrett (March 10, 2005)

joe you're an idiot. afi ripoffs? what the hell are you listening to? if anything they're new record is a jehu ripoff, and that doesn't matter this genre hasn't been beaten to death, like punk has.

Anonymous (March 10, 2005)

"Remember when CA punk was the greatest thing in the world? I miss those days."

I bet you're on'y 15 right ?

No, older. Think about it:Jawbreaker, Op Ivy, Fuel, Crimpshrine, Rocket, old NoFX, old Pennywise, No Control-era Bad Religion... the late 80s and early 90s were a damn good time to be living in (and around) CA.

Anonymous (March 9, 2005)

I just got my hands on a copy of this today, and I must say that after listening to it 3 times in a row......It's my new favorite record! It sounds very little like their older stuff. But that's not necssarily a bad thing!
The songs on this CD all sound diferent from each other, very diverse punk with a rock and roll edge. If this is what they think is "The Modern Sound," than I want MORE MORE MORE! I higly recommend it to punks tha are musically inclined, cause this ain't the average punk record....

Good stuff I tell ya!

Oh, and yeah, I looked it up...it was Kevin that played in the Nerve Agents BTW.....

Anonymous (March 9, 2005)

"Remember when CA punk was the greatest thing in the world? I miss those days."

I bet you're on'y 15 right ?

Anonymous (March 9, 2005)

I believe Kevin Cross used to play for the Nerve Agents.

Cos (March 9, 2005)

Someone from the Nerve Agents is in this band, right? Isn't it Dante?

--Cos

Benjasaurus (March 8, 2005)

I really like these guys. Saw them open for Alkaline Trio a few years ago and was very impressed. I wouldn't say they border on AFI plagiarism. And that's coming from a devoted AFI fan.

Inspection12e (March 8, 2005)

I thought you knew and were just being silly.

Anchors (March 8, 2005)

Damn, really?

Shitty.

Inspection12e (March 8, 2005)

Anchors you know they are broken up right?

I went to their myspace and listened to the mp3s and I wasn't impressed.

Anchors (March 8, 2005)

Speaking of Revalation, I want a new On The Might Of Princes record.

Anonymous (March 8, 2005)

Eek. Awful cover art. The fists look all wart-covered and bubbly.

-duped

Anonymous (March 8, 2005)

"Pitch BlackÔ??s self-titled debut is apparently regarded by many as a competent profile of East Bay punk."

No no no.

Anonymous (March 8, 2005)

holy fuck!!! rev releasesd something good!!!

TheOneTrueBill (March 8, 2005)

I liked the split they did with The Enemies, and I think I'm going to have to check this out.

This score is for Your Enemies Friends.

Anonymous (March 8, 2005)

yeeaach. This is bad.

And please don't let this reflect the current state of CA "punk."

joeg (March 8, 2005)

AFI rip offs is appropriate. this is horrible.

Anonymous (March 8, 2005)

Remember when CA punk was the greatest thing in the world? I miss those days.

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