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Bane: The NoteThe Note (2005)
Equal Vision Records

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Four years. 48 months. 1461 days. 35,064 hours. 2,103,840 minutes. 126,230,400 seconds. That is very roughly how long it has been since Bane destroyed the scene with their powerful anthems and an unmatched energy and knowledge of what hardcore is. In that short 126,230,400 seconds, the scene has see.
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Four years. 48 months. 1461 days. 35,064 hours. 2,103,840 minutes. 126,230,400 seconds. That is very roughly how long it has been since Bane destroyed the scene with their powerful anthems and an unmatched energy and knowledge of what hardcore is. In that short 126,230,400 seconds, the scene has seen a huge change. Metalcore bands populate the earth and their legions of fans don make-up and wear pants too short for them in an effort to fit into a scene almost as ridiculous as their get-up. Those of us that felt the scene was dying have seen a turnaround in the past couple years, and the second coming has now arrived. The new Bane album The Note has arrived to bring the world to its knees in a blast of feverish energy.

Listening to Bane has always felt like being hit in the face with a huge bag of bricks. Aaron Bedard failed vocal lessons. The guitars punish you with an unforgiving brutality, slowly building up into a supernova of noise throughout every song. This is Bane. They aren't out to make new fans, and The Note shows that. It has been four years, and the band has aged and matured, and the new album shows it.

The Note opens with the powerfully quick "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda," an anthem for the straight-edge kids where Bedard criticizes what it has become but why he is still in it. The song sounds like it is straight off of Give Blood, slowly building up to an explosion behind a driving dual guitar harmony that peaks with about 30 seconds left into a phenomenal harness of rage and energy. Like many of their other songs, "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda" is designed to make the kids go crazy live, but the studio version doesn't disappoint whatsoever.

There are obvious signs of maturing throughout the album from their last efforts. Where as in Give Blood the band rarely slowed down the frantic pace and instead just destroyed the eardrums with a short and concise blast of thrash under a half hour, The Note shows that Bane has learned to harness the slow build-up even better than before. "Pot Committed" takes a few seconds off for a very calmed stroke of guitars, bass, and light cymbal tapping. It slowly builds up into methodical increase of noise, with a slow and steady beat, never really taking off like it used to in the old days, but the heart is still there.

At times it may seem like age is finally slowing Aaron and the boys down, but six of the songs fall under three minutes and drive along before you even notice they started up. Unfortunately, because of this, the album is a bit shorter than I would hope, but I'll come back to that later. It has been four years, but Bane still shows they know how to destroy the world in record time. The Note at many times is like a halfway progression from Give Blood. Sometimes it seems like the band has evolved into a slower and tenser version in songs like "End With An Ellipsis," but just as quickly they fire back with songs like "My Therapy," ending with the gang vocals screaming about how hardcore saved their lives.

Anyone that has seen Bane live knows what hardcore means to Aaron. The greatest thing about them has been their brutal honesty to a scene and a world that generally needs to be slapped in the face with reality. I don't think I am going out on a limb to call Bedard one of the more creative songwriters of our generation, and this album doesn't disappoint. "Wasted On The Young" is one of the more brutally honest songs I have heard in a long time and I can think of more than a handful of people it applies to. One-liners like "It's like having your mom pick out your clothes for you," "There is no mistake that I'm not free to make / all because of six strings / stretched across a board" and "When Armageddon's been locked and loaded / I will come back for you."

So, it has been four years. Although I can't get enough of this album right now, one of my biggest complaints is how short it is. At less than half an hour, it is over almost too soon. The Note flows fantastically, but after such a long absence of new material, I had hoped for more. Still, with what Bane has given us this time around, The Note shows a more aged and grizzled version of the band that slays everything. But the energy is still there. The passion is still there. Most of all, the heart is still there, and that already is more than they can say about most bands around.

[originally written for readysteadyjedi.com]

 

 
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jimmyjjackamoose (August 20, 2007)

yeah, this singer's vocals suck.

tjrocks12 (January 31, 2007)

great album. best songs are "pot commited" "wasted on the young" and "swan song", in my opinion. i could rant and rave about this bands honesty, morals and power, but i don't feel like it. definetly get the CD for the artwork and lyrics. i gave it an 8 because a couple songs feel rushed for the sake of having a full length CD. and the sound quality isn't the best.

Snakes (October 5, 2006)

when i need a good laugh i listen to bane,the lead singers vocals are terrible,the worst i've ever heard, score for the humor that this band provides for me

Lisytentome (February 28, 2006)

dude LAID TO WASTE u are lookinf for the wrong thing buddy y are you gonna compare two completly diffrent bands u dipshit! you like the charriots constent screaching quitar every 2 seconds then leave that shit to yourself

Anonymous (February 2, 2006)

first, laid to waste, you're a moron.

second, the reviewer really needs to take bane's dick out of his mouth and make a review without all the ridiculous hyperbole. they're not the second coming of jesus.

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

laidtowaste, you should kill yourself.

LaidToWaste (December 14, 2005)

the vocals suck. i listen to it every now and then because it makes me laugh.this isn't hardcore, its punk rock with some dude trying to scream. their is nothing hard about bane. THANK GOD FOR THE CHARIOT!

Anonymous (June 15, 2005)

the underproduction killed this recrod. god if they would have just turned up the damn guitars it would have solved 2/3 of this record's problems...

Anonymous (June 12, 2005)

Good album, but I can't help but wonder what it would have sounded like if it had the same production quality as "Give Blood". The mix on that album was close to perfect.

Anonymous (June 10, 2005)

So many opinions, so many people have to judge, not just for the music either.
Seeing I am very close to Aaron B, I can say that he loves what he does and as long as people enjoy them playing and their music, then there will always be Bane..

Anonymous (June 4, 2005)

I was just listening to 'Give Blood' and realized that I really like Comeback Kid a lot more than Bane.

Yeah, Bane's records are overrated. Their live show is pretty killer though. I don't like Comeback Kid much either, but I'd take them over Bane.

moneenerd (May 27, 2005)

yeah most ShortBox commercials are lame and look to have been put together by high schoolers..... like the fruitbooters in the video

Anonymous (May 24, 2005)

That Bane "commercial" would of been far more effective had it actually been funny.

ElVaquero (May 24, 2005)

Who's handling the System Of A Down review? I'll do it if you make me staff.

YEAH.

Anonymous (May 23, 2005)

http://www.shortbox.org/banecommercial.mov

Anonymous (May 23, 2005)

I was just listening to 'Give Blood' and realized that I really like Comeback Kid a lot more than Bane.

Anonymous (May 23, 2005)

score is for the guy who mentioned ATM a few posts down. hahaha. and for mentioning it in the same sentence as someones mother hahahahha.
-TOBB

Anonymous (May 22, 2005)

Yeah. Bane has good stuff to say, great live show...but this album is boring. Except for a few tracks, this is just boring. At least it's not like With Honor's last full length, with gang vocals every other word.

Anonymous (May 22, 2005)

bought it and its bores the shit out of me

mikeinflames (May 22, 2005)

Eeeeek. Watch out guys. The guy also gave the new Atreyu and Audioslave albums 4 and 5 stars each.

i gave your mom 5 stars last night
i have never seen any woman take it ass to mouth like that before

Anonymous (May 22, 2005)

I still don't get why their guitarist is sponsored by Atticus.

-BSD

moneenerd (May 22, 2005)

Eeeeek. Watch out guys. The guy also gave the new Atreyu and Audioslave albums 4 and 5 stars each.

He also hated on the new The Rise album, which is much more solid and significant than the above mentioned bullshit discs.

moneenerd (May 22, 2005)

Score is for LIFETIME.

r.i.p

Anchors (May 21, 2005)

Oh and Adam/Aubin/Brian, if the my post was a problem or conflict of interest, which I can see it being, I'm not going to raise a stink over it being deleted.

iheartadam (May 21, 2005)

Erik Bedard > This Bedard

iheartadam (May 21, 2005)

"Because I love being off topic, who wants to give me their Soulseek name so I can steal from them."

Help a brotha out.

Anchors (May 21, 2005)

Because I love being off topic, who wants to give me their Soulseek name so I can steal from them. I don't have the internet on my own computer yet, and seeing only about 110 songs on my playlist on this computer makes me want to cry.

Help a brotha out.

fallingupwards84 (May 21, 2005)

i love this album. it may not be their absolute best, but its still Bane and it rocks

piratasmuertas (May 21, 2005)

"Not really. For someone to be a great songwriter do they have to do shitty folk-rock or alt. pop?"

Not at all. That wasn't my point. I wasn't touting the merits of Conor Oberst (Lord help us) or shitting on Bane.

I just think that the statement made in the review went overboard. If Aaron Bedard is on of the the best lyricists in the xFFSDHCx (Ha!) set, I can deal with that. If he is among the elite lyricists of my generation then I want a new generation.

Score is for the assumption.

iheartadam (May 21, 2005)

Isn't it funny that Mike Adams lost his closer spot to a guy who used banned substances (steroids) when he was still in college? Go Derek Turnbow.

jamespastepunk (May 21, 2005)

//i wanted this to be the best fucking cd ever it's good, but it wasn't as good as i had hopes //

Again, it's a dense batch of jams from a rock solid group.

a lot of songs on here are just throwaways: "one for the kids", "end with an ellipsis", and "what keeps us here" are all weak songs

//One for the Kids isn't even a track title. And all the songs on here are amazing. Simple as that.//

and i for one think the singing in "swan song" sounds so good

//I'm with you on that one. It gives the song another sense of the apocalypse.//

there's no getting around how bad the production is, too.

//Truly an understatement.//

Allular (May 21, 2005)

"I donâ??t think I am going out on a limb to call Bedard one of the more creative songwriters of our generation..."

Not only did you go out on that limb, you fell out of the tree. If you had kept it limited to the genre, I could see that but... c'mon.

"Not really. For someone to be a great songwriter do they have to do shitty folk-rock or alt. pop?"

No, Wes Eisold when he was in American Nightmare/Give Up The Ghost had some of the best lyrics I've ever read in hardcore music.

theownzenator (May 21, 2005)

The mp3's had me a little worried at first, as they didn't jump out at me like the precious Give Blood did. But when I got ahold of the cd and the lyric sheet...hot damn! The production blows a little, but I think Bedards lyrics are some of the best that he has ever penned. Fucking great. Good review too...

bizzlebrizzle (May 21, 2005)

"I donâ??t think I am going out on a limb to call Bedard one of the more creative songwriters of our generation..."

Not only did you go out on that limb, you fell out of the tree. If you had kept it limited to the genre, I could see that but... c'mon.

Not really. For someone to be a great songwriter do they have to do shitty folk-rock or alt. pop?

piratasmuertas (May 21, 2005)

"I donâ??t think I am going out on a limb to call Bedard one of the more creative songwriters of our generation..."

Not only did you go out on that limb, you fell out of the tree. If you had kept it limited to the genre, I could see that but... c'mon.

Fuzzy (May 21, 2005)

"My comment wasn't meant to imply that bane encourage the practice. My comment was in reference to the fact that the kids who do stage dive feet first are usually into bands such as bane, champion etc. No disrespect to Bane, cool to know that they are attempting to discourage kids from doing this."
I guess my point was that during Bane's set, all those kids left, and there wasn't any of that going on.

unconcerned (May 21, 2005)

for people complaining about stage diving and such (or just generally saying you don't like it)... that is a given... NO ONE likes to be stepped on... So the best solution I have came up with (over the years) has been to steal their shoes and throw them in different directions...

Now about this album... Bane is one of the better hardcore bands playing this kind of stuff... BUT this album is mediocre... my favorite songs were on the 'it all comes down to this' and the 'holding this moment' cds but I thought that the 'give blood' cd was their best overall... 'give blood' was just a solid album... it started strong, ended strong, and there isn't one track i find myself skipping on the entire cd.... 'the note' on the otherhand starts off ok, ends well, and has like 3 or 4 songs that just get skipped every time...

pwfanatic (May 21, 2005)

"that said, it's a good cd, but their weakest as well"

i find the biggest problem with the cd is the huge expactations placed upon it. i am not sure if it is their worst, and that the same time, i am not sure if it is their best. i expect all of us were thinking better considering the time difference between releases, but still, i think that this album grows on you.

but then again, i would hate to place one release as their worst overall. consider it sucking their collective cock, but these guys are one of the best bands around.

notfeelingcreative (May 21, 2005)

"Funny you say that, since when I just saw Bane Aaron stopped and talked to everyone in San Fran about not doing things like diving feet first, and about stamping out the violence in hardcore. I wonder why you assumed this was FFSDHC? (my new favorite acronym)"

My comment wasn't meant to imply that bane encourage the practice. My comment was in reference to the fact that the kids who do stage dive feet first are usually into bands such as bane, champion etc. No disrespect to Bane, cool to know that they are attempting to discourage kids from doing this.

Anonymous (May 21, 2005)

This album sounds like what's equivalent to refined b-sides of Give Blood and slower to boot. Only 10 songs and it has been 3 1/2 years since their last release. The subject material is basically the same as Give Blood. Too many songs about the scene. What Keeps Us Here on this record has the same lyrical message as Speechless from Give Blood. It is not a bad record, but it certainly is not great. It is their worst album where as It All Comes Down To This is their best. I think they could have done a way better job. What a let down.

Anonymous (May 21, 2005)

"Speaking of Paint it Black, they would be awesome if they got that guy from None More Black to sing for them. It would change the world"

I hate you.

soulbleed (May 21, 2005)

"pot committed" rocks.

Anonymous (May 21, 2005)

Speaking of Paint it Black, they would be awesome if they got that guy from None More Black to sing for them. It would change the world.

Anonymous (May 21, 2005)

"Score is for the M.O.P./Roc-a-fella saga"

Roc-a-fella is the army, better yet the Navy/ Niggas'll kidnap yo baby/ Spit at'cho lady

-BSD

theundergroundscene (May 20, 2005)

i wanted this to be the best fucking cd ever

it's good, but it wasn't as good as i had hopes

a lot of songs on here are just throwaways: "one for the kids", "end with an ellipsis", and "what keeps us here" are all weak songs

and i for one think the singing in "swan song" sounds so good

there's no getting around how bad the production is, too. hopefuly mcternan's work on the new with honor will sound a bit better

that said, it's a good cd, but their weakest as well

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

Bane can lick my fucking balls. That's right, I said "lick my balls."

mikeinflames (May 20, 2005)

cursed are AWESOME!
and they're canadian too

boba_fett (May 20, 2005)

its the melodic direction that the new paint it black cd went in that makes it so good. this does the melody thing sometimes as well, but its more straight up and in your face. plus, dans voice really grew on me.

thats why i prefer the paint it black cd.

Icapped2pac (May 20, 2005)

"Uh, Chinatown, ever heard a song called "Ante Up"?

Prolly my favorite Bane song, ever.

-sickboi"

But it was better when M.O.P. covered it. Score is for the M.O.P./Roc-a-fella saga.

Fuzzy (May 20, 2005)

"Decent, i'm not usually into "feet first stage dive" hardcore,"

Funny you say that, since when I just saw Bane Aaron stopped and talked to everyone in San Fran about not doing things like diving feet first, and about stamping out the violence in hardcore. I wonder why you assumed this was FFSDHC? (my new favorite acronym)

ElVaquero (May 20, 2005)

Giving an album an eight is the new giving an album a ten.

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

"Decent, i'm not usually into "feet first stage dive" hardcore, but this is pretty good. II have to be in the mood for this, usually i'll just listen to aus rotten or nausea"

one of the songs on here is about an incident in san francisco where they told people not to stage dive feet first and the next day tons of kids were posting "bane sucks" on the internet about it. i for one was glad they said it because i was standing in front and fucking sick of people walking on my head.

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

this album is horrible i listened to it 3 times straight through and will never....ever listen to it again. absolute trash.

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

bane kicks ass of all hardcore bands around!

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

so GOOD!!!!!!!!!! Bedard is the man!!!!

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

score is for huston street

iheartadam (May 20, 2005)

Huston Street gets his shot to become a superstar closer. Hype or hope?

jamespastepunk (May 20, 2005)

I can't speak about Cursed, since I haven't heard their CD, but Paradise doesn't even touch the Note, in my opinion. Then again, I am a huge fan of Bane, so take that as you will.

KFClown (May 20, 2005)

I think this is the best Bane record. I think it's a perfect progression from Give Blood. Most people seem to think that Give Blood sucks, but it was my favorite until I heard The Note.

notfeelingcreative (May 20, 2005)

Decent, i'm not usually into "feet first stage dive" hardcore, but this is pretty good. II have to be in the mood for this, usually i'll just listen to aus rotten or nausea.

bizzlebrizzle (May 20, 2005)

So far this has been the 3rd best hardcore record of the year.

Paint It Black and Cursed are in the lead.

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

the new paint it black cd is not nearly as good. i was pretty let down by it. i think i really WANTED to like paint it black, considering that lifetime is my fav band every and kid dynamite is up there, but they're nothing more than "pretty good".

this cd, however, is great.

boba_fett (May 20, 2005)

its good, but the paint it black cd is better. i also prefer the comeback kid cd, but thats just me.

mikeinflames (May 20, 2005)

Yeah whatever. I have something like 1500 hardcore punk recordings on various formats spanning 25 years, and have never heard a single song by this band. From your description, I don't really want to either.

-Ken

you are offically the biggest fucking loser on the internet
wear your crown with pride asshat

Crookedsuperhero (May 20, 2005)

Yeah whatever. I have something like 1500 hardcore punk recordings on various formats spanning 25 years, and have never heard a single song by this band. From your description, I don't really want to either.

-Ken

God, you're so fucking punk.

moneenerd (May 20, 2005)

A lot of ppl hate on this band simpl;y because theyr're one f those bands that's become cool to like. Despite that fact, I love this album. It's not as good as GIVE BLOOD, but it's still a fun solid hardcore album. Most haters just diss on Bane because they pull in hundreds of people to their shows.

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

You're all wrong...
-BSD

Looks whose back. Mr. "16 yr old hardcore queer"

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

You're all wrong... "Give Blood" is merely a mediocre follow-up to "Holding This Moment", which is much more just straight hardcore, less breakdowns, and better lyrics.

-BSD

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

eh...its ok.

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

Yeah whatever. I have something like 1500 hardcore punk recordings on various formats spanning 25 years, and have never heard a single song by this band. From your description, I don't really want to either.

-Ken

jamespastepunk (May 20, 2005)

I can't wait to see Bane again...June can't come soon enough.

descenall888 (May 20, 2005)

great album. can't wait to see them again next month.

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

I must say that if you're a Bane fan, you could have a complete wardrobe. They have shirts in every color imaginable, yet with all the same design. Very clever.

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

More important: I just returned from the new Star Wars and it was really, really good. On par with the best of the first trilogy.

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

Its a great song, the bridge in it is really cool but it leads to a sorta generic break-down. However, all the elements thrown together make a great track.

-sickboi

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

Yeah, that's the one that begins with all of that frantic drumming. I dunno, I haven't listened to it in a few years, and can't really remember the chorus. That's usually not a good sign.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

Uh, Chinatown, ever heard a song called "Ante Up"?

Prolly my favorite Bane song, ever.

-sickboi

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

Oh man, PEI. I went to Rainbow Valley a long time ago. I bought a shirt that displayed a bungee-jumping shark wearing sunglasses.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

Give Blood was a good album, but nothing too memorable. Out of the 10 tracks, at least 3 of them were pure filler ("What Holds Us Down" being the most generic). Bane have only written one truly amazing song in their career: "Ali V.S. Frazier I."

-Chinatown

peilocal (May 20, 2005)

Actually, I'm an idiot. I just noticed I was reading the link. Let the flaming of PEI local begin.

peilocal (May 20, 2005)

I didn't read the review yet, but I noticed the reviewer's username is BANE!! This guy is obviously a huge Bane fan, so I think that makes this review a little skeptical. I like it when reviewers aren't obviously huge fans. That way, they will likely be more critical of an album. Sure, some huge fans will be still critical. But I know if I reviewed a propagandhi album, I would probably give it more praise than it deserves, just because they are one of my favorite bands.

jamespastepunk (May 20, 2005)

What I don't like about this review is that it uses Bane as a sounding board for a diatribe against the rest of hardcore music.

It also brings up Bane as a group seemingly otherworldy when they're simply one of the best bands around.

Of course, some douchebag will use this to say I

a) hate Bane
b) hate the reviewer
c) am a homosexual who enjoys giving oral sex

when all I'm saying is that the review goes a little overboard.

innocentbystander (May 20, 2005)

hasn't left my cd player all week.

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

fantastic record. yeah, it's true, there will never be another give blood, but this is certainly a worthy follow up.

the only part that makes me sad is all the references to breaking up and leaving the scene in the lyrics. i will be extremely sad when this band calls it quits.

CrookedSuperhero (May 20, 2005)

I'm lovin' this album.

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

what a brutally honest review

jamespastepunk (May 20, 2005)

IT's because the production sounds like Bane's attack was laden down in a swamp.

But the CD fucking slays, no two ways about it. This next tour is going to be amazing since the kids will know the words now to the new songs.

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

Aaron Baneface is scary looking....

great live band though

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

These guys should give up. Terrible.

inagreendase (May 20, 2005)

I've never been *huge* on Bane, but I thought they were improving from one effort to the next. I think this might be where it stops for me. The last half blows by in no time and I always forget I actually have it on.

I also never thought I'd have to say this, but that singing in the last track is so, so cheesy.

Anchors (May 20, 2005)

Anybody seeing these guys the 29th In Syracuse? It's the Promises' last show ever, and it's going to be fucking incredible.

Anonymous (May 20, 2005)

This will definately make my top 10 for the year.

What people need to get over is that there will NEVER be another "Give Blood". And I'm confused as to what everyone's complaint with the production is. Personally, I like it.

-sickboi

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