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Single Frame: Body/End/Basement [CD/DVD]Body/End/Basement [CD/DVD] (2005)
Volcom Entertainment

Reviewer Rating: 2


Contributed by: KirbyPuckettKirbyPuckett
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The other day at work [CompUSA] I bought one of those Atari joystick devices that contained a slew of old video games that I adored in my childhood; Galaga, Pac-Man, Centipede, etc… While I was born a Nintendo kid, I still logged many hours and high scores from playing those classics on 5.25" floppy.
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The other day at work [CompUSA] I bought one of those Atari joystick devices that contained a slew of old video games that I adored in my childhood; Galaga, Pac-Man, Centipede, etc… While I was born a Nintendo kid, I still logged many hours and high scores from playing those classics on 5.25" floppy disks that accompanied my family's first personal computer. Once I had a bag of popcorn and the unit connected to my television, I was ready to relive my childhood glory. Unfortunately, the nostalgic glory of these games wore off quickly, now that I'm used to the high-paced action of Half-Life 2 or the puzzle madness of Lumines, the timeless masterpieces did not quite feel the same as they did years ago. Taken in small increments, blasting aliens and eating ghosts provided enough fun to relive the glory days; however, too much just seemed to tarnish the perfect image of my childhood favorites.

Single Frame uses the same formula that I used for entertainment on their Volcom debut Body/End/Basement. Instead of stretching their synth-rock songs well over the three-minute threshold that most acts display, they keep them in a range you are more likely to find in punk and hardcore songs. The seventeen-track release barely presses 34 minutes, with the majority of the tracks never blowing past two minutes. A second DVD disc complements the brevity with 9 music videos.

2005's musical theme seems to bank on synth or scream, and the bloated genres require an intriguing touch to set them apart from the rest of the pack. Unfortunately, aside from their conciseness, Single Frame do not venture to far out of the synth-revival pack. The record would not be confused for dance-pop la Hot Hot Heat, but instead swerves down a darker path similar to Alkaline Trio's twist on pop-punk. The structure the group is built on is intriguing, however; the problem is that the music is just the opposite. Throughout the duration of the record, guitars, pianos, drums, and electronic instruments fail to present themselves as memorable. Not until "Culture Medium," the fifth track, does Body/End/Basement share any energy, and what is potentially a breakout is hampered by the raw production found in Death From Above 1979 that does not feel right with the smooth keyboard rhythm. With such little time to prove themselves, one would assume much time would not be wasted; despite the succinctness of the disc, a few tracks serve merely as filler ("Stuffed Animal Wall," "Lost Pines (Dream & Body)," and "Tiny Whispers").

The latter half of the material harnesses a few songs that audibly illustrate what Single Frame are capable of. Poppy cuts "Digital Witness" and "People Are Germs" combined with the Faint-ish "Second Handshake" redeem many of the earlier, dire tracks. Single Frame tote a worthy manipulate of their genre, short and to the point. There is enough excitement in the short span of the notable, upbeat tracks that would help compile a strong full-length and definitely make a perfect soundtrack for quick spurts of Excite Bike or Asteroids. Despite the latter praise, after excessive playback, the majority of Body/End/Basement gels together forming quite an unmemorable listen.

 


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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.
thefineprint (June 18, 2005)

didn't this band used to be called single frame ashtray? or was that just an album of theirs?

sickboi (June 17, 2005)

Wait a minute, back up....

How the fuck can an album "complete suck", then by "amazing"?

Christ.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

It's their second Volcom release dumbasses, WetHeads...

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

this album sucked to me at first, then after a 2nd and 3rd listen i realized that this is amazing.. everything on the volcom label seems overlooked, and this is no exception

lou (June 17, 2005)

hey guy below me,

you know the guy below you? he should take your advice as well.

i'm pretty sure the revewier said, "The record would not be confused for dance-pop la Hot Hot Heat." Which would lead me to believe he is saying this record would not sound like dance pop in the vein of hot hot heat.

to quote guy below me... Understanding what you are reading before you try to criticize is a beautiful thing.

PS - the alk3 comparison was in reference to their attempt at being "dark"

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

I am pretty sure he means that this is their first release on Volcom, not their first release period. Understanding what you are reading before you try to criticize is a beautiful thing.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

Hot Hot Heat (wtf? nothing like them) and Alkaline Trio(yea dude cuz they sure play some pop/punk), are those the two best bands you could come up with to describe what these guys sound like. I guess limited musical taste means limited reviewing.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

What a horrible review, seriously, first off, it is not their "debut". Before you write, maybe you should check the facts.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

you know you could lose the first two paragraphs and just put "they write short songs"?

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