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Scary Kids Scaring Kids

Scary Kids Scaring Kids: The City Sleeps In FlamesThe City Sleeps In Flames (2005)
Immortal Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5
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Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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It's sort of ironic that Phoenix, AZ's Scary Kids Scaring Kids were embracing DIY ethics so early on. The band crowned their name from a caP'n Jazz song, and posted a full six-song EP for download on their site once it was available. Then suddenly, the band found themselves recording demos for Inter.
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It's sort of ironic that Phoenix, AZ's Scary Kids Scaring Kids were embracing DIY ethics so early on. The band crowned their name from a caP'n Jazz song, and posted a full six-song EP for download on their site once it was available. Then suddenly, the band found themselves recording demos for Interscope Records, and later on, now releasing an overproduced mess of clichés for former Epic imprint Immortal in The City Sleeps In Flames.

The EP in question, 2003's After Dark (reissued the next year by Hour Zero), was full of promise; sure, it found the band dwelling in the slowly molding new wave of trivial post-hardcore, but the band were bringing a Thursday influence to interesting grounds, with a scathing intensity at times, well-placed keyboards and an overall eerie vibe unlike that of their peers. Instead of capitalizing on these things, The City Sleeps In Flames takes all worn-out stock from the release and brings it to the forefront.

Opener and title track "The City Sleeps In Flames" definitely has smooth melodies and a catchy chorus, keeping intact that dramatic affect. From there, an utterly boring album dips into sub-mediocre territory with cheesy metal riffs ("The Only Medicine"), auto-tuned lead vocals ("What's Said And Done"), annoying TRL balladry ("Just A Taste"), and mind-numbingly scuzzy synth/guitar combinations ("The Bright Side Of Suffering"). If not one of these things, the band is relying on any one of the following for a lyrical subject, metaphorically or otherwise: guns, hearts, dying, etc. al.

While Scary Kids Scaring Kids' After Dark certainly offered the promise of teaching a dog on life support new tricks, The City Sleeps In Flames is the lethal injection that puts it to sleep.

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D00M3D (February 14, 2007)

I. Love this band.

Anonymous (January 25, 2006)

scary kids rock the world

maxscene (December 12, 2005)

ok ok how many angry emo fags do you want on this page harrasing the SK i thinkyou are just bitter because you busted style band cant make it off the round so dont be bitter when you see ppl with talent getting some where dont waste you time posting hate spend you time rehersing for your first ever gig nd try and get the presige that the Scary kids.. have and see how hard this amaze band has worked to get where they are and they didnt work this hard ot be slagged down by shit heads like you
so get a life and get the latest s.k.s.k c.d and try and learn a few thing
kthnx love and all that jazz

I LOVE SCARY KIDS SCARING KIDS

fritobandito (August 29, 2005)

PS: "i dun tenk its fair for u faggots to judge the album cuz every1 have deir fuking expectations...." is probably my quote of the week, that's just too mind-numbingly stupid.

fritobandito (August 29, 2005)

so I think the last two comments' inherent stupidity and general ignorance really bolstered the "SKSK sucks" camp's arguement, how about you?

Anonymous (August 19, 2005)

Ok listen all you fuckers that dont like this band.. Your all jealous that a band with a not so good name is makin it.. And the fact that the cd cover sucks... It doesnt matter.. These guys mix up every song unlike a lot of bands.. And the sound is great.. No more shit about sksk.. These guys are the shit and deserve everyones respect. All the haters dont listen to them.. And dont fucken write comments... Save our time... And we'll spend time listening to this well worth it c. D. Fuck all you haters!!

Anonymous (August 14, 2005)

Um....stupid bitches.....can't judge the album by its COVER nor NAME..freaking idiots....i dun tenk its fair for u faggots to judge the album cuz every1 have deir fuking expectations....and in my opionion SKSK is the greatest FUCKING band ever..FUCKING awesome...if u dont likee demmm keep urrr freaking comments to urself

Anonymous (July 23, 2005)

Reviewed by: John-Michael [Thu, June 23, 2005 @ 5:51:56 PM]

Ambition is a double edged sword. While many bands are content to just release the same album over and over, a select few try to add new elements to their sound. These artists should be commended for their bravery. On the other side of the coin, sometimes ambition leads to ideas that just don’t work and come across as a pretenses mess. With The City Sleeps in Flames the Scary Kids find themselves taking their keyboard worshiping Thursday impression and takes everything up a few notches. While they sometimes fail to deliver on their ideas, the band for the most part succeeds in all of their musical ideas.

To start things off, one of the things I’ve always loved about Scary Kids’ sound is the keyboards. While most bands try to go with haunting classical sounding keys, they are usually just flat out boring. SKSK keyboardist Pouyan’s lines however seem inspired from the soundtracks to classic NES and SNES games like Castlevaina and Final Fantasy 3. Instead of coming across like a filler instrument, the keyboard truly becomes a defining characteristic of the bands sound.

As for the rest of the bands sound… well that depends on how much you like Thursday. Vocalist and Bass player Tyson sounds almost exactly like Geoff Rickly, and SKSK play a flavor of post-hardcore very similar in sound to War All the Time. While there are moments where they break off into a double time punk rage, or the occasional hardcore break down, except for the much harder screams this sounds like Thursday.

At the same time the band shows hints of finding their own sound on “The Only Medicine.” The song is just a blast of anger and emotion that is rarely heard on the rest of the album, and shows signs that the band could have a future past the current emo explosion.

So back to that ambition I was talking about earlier. SKSK attempts their first ballad in “What’s Said is Done;” a simply breath taking pop song. Honestly this is the first song in a long time that I’ve heard that just screams single, and I hope the band and Immortal give this the old’ video treatment.

For a few years now, Immortal Records has had a stigma as the record label that couldn’t break Far. With SKSK they’ve taken the first step in getting my forgiveness. The City Sleeps in Flames is a really strong album that delivers on the promise of the bands debut EP and shows signs of growth for the future. While it’s not the most original album out right now, it has it where it counts, with good songs. If you’re a fan of Thursday or the Used this could very well be your new favorite band.

Anonymous (July 23, 2005)

My grade: A-

Don’t let the name fool you; Scary Kids Scaring Kids are actually nice guys! Arizona’s own are releasing their first record off of Immortal Records. Their title track “The City Sleeps in Flames” begins with a faint sound in the back, which turns into a chugging guitar. Lead singer/bassist Tyson then comes in with a slightly different vocal style than most, which then turns into a slight scream.

The next track, “The Only Medicine,” is not a favorite of mine (due to my dislike for most screaming). What does sound really good are the transitions between screaming and vocals. I personally am a sucker for that, especially when bands like SKSK do this so well. The forth song is where SKSK slow it down a bit. “What’s Said and Done” is where their emotional roots come in to bring a slower, more melodic track.

“The Darkest Hour” begins with a intro of keyboards and drums. As the song progresses, the same keyboard sound is present. As the CD continues, many different genres of music can be heard. The technical sounds are very nice additions to their already well-produced songs. They are not overdone, each is different then the next. That is an excellent feature because some bands find a sound that people like and kill it by having it return in each song.

The CD ends on a beautiful note at the end of “A Breath of Sunshine,” rather than just continuing the harder influences. For fans of Reggie and the Full Effect, Radiohead, and even bands like Story of the Year, Scary Kids Scaring Kids’ debut The City Sleeps in Flames is the one for you!

Anonymous (July 20, 2005)

"everyone over at absolutepunk.net loves this album and thinks the old ep was just ok. i disagree with them and agree with you. this new album is a generic piece of crap, while the old ep showed alot of promise and hinted at some originality in a (hopefully) dying genre."

And that's basically what I think.
The album was kind of a chore to listen too.
It's kind of 1 song smushed to 11. The only song that's worth listening too is the first track, and empty glasses as long as you don't know english.

Anonymous (July 14, 2005)

I love this Cd! SKSK Rock!

Anonymous (July 7, 2005)

omg i luv scary kids scaring kids...this is the greatest music ive ever heard,,, man i wish i could meet them nd say that they are the greatest band ever

Anonymous (July 3, 2005)

normaly a free cd is a good one but not this time

Anonymous (July 3, 2005)

can't believe that I wasted my time downloading this crap

Anonymous (July 3, 2005)

this is one of the worst cds I've ever heard and whats with the name?

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

I think you mean "eratically."

etwiels88 (July 1, 2005)

As I Lay Dying was a book written by William Faulkner. They took it from that. Shut up.

lou (July 1, 2005)

"I've not heard this album. But fuck, that is one of the worst band names i have EVER heard. Almost on par with 'As i lay dying'. Comical."

Umm... just for the record, in case you missed the reference in the review, they take their name from the title of a CaP'N Jazz song.

Anonymous (July 1, 2005)

This cd sucks, i downloaded it and have since deleted almost every song. how is a band like this making it in music?? For once i agree with a review on here, dont even bother downloading any tracks.

crackpotdemagogue (June 30, 2005)

I've not heard this album. But fuck, that is one of the worst band names i have EVER heard. Almost on par with 'As i lay dying'. Comical.

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

that album cover resembles the fear befor the march of flames cover...

corpseofmymotivation (June 30, 2005)

fuck that....this cd is great. listen for yourself guys...dont listen to this flamer.

I think this fairly represents the general demographic of SKSK listeners.

This band is awful.

Marlon (June 30, 2005)

Scott Weber is an abstinate conservative. He has no place reviewing punk rock. My 2 cents.

To bad I once talked to him about sleeping with an asian girl then... I mean him being abstinate and all.

Anonymous (June 30, 2005)

Actually, Tate has allowed negative reviews. Rohan Kohli posted a not so great (but respectful) review of Ambry, and Tate was fine with it.

Also, Scott Weber doesn't review 'punk' records or claim to be punk..I think the FAQ @ AP has a thing about how they're not punk at all, but listen to music derived from the genre or some shit like that.

Kenjamin (June 29, 2005)

Scott Weber is an abstinate conservative. He has no place reviewing punk rock. My 2 cents.

lou (June 28, 2005)

it's a lot easier to like a CD when it's free (and legal) to download. i liked it (kinda sorta). from the sounds of it though i won't waste my time on this new stuff.

bloodbrothersburnpiano (June 28, 2005)

"Actually, Scott Weber at absolutepunk.net gave it a 2.2/10"

yeah he's the exception. and if you missed the thread that tate deleted where he announced his review was posted, basically tate told him and every other reviewer they weren't allowed to write negative reviews anymore.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

Authroity Zero isn't that bad.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

Actually, Scott Weber at absolutepunk.net gave it a 2.2/10.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

dude these guys make arizona look bad. so does jimmy eat world and authority zero, those bands suck ass. fuck this.

Sally_Field (June 28, 2005)

Who the hell calls someone a flamer?
Especially for disliking Scary Kids.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

there's a split coming out w/ a band called 'the kirby,' it's on the release schedule.

i want my royalties!

- THE kirby

StormOf59 (June 28, 2005)

I unfortunately completely agree. This album was such a letdown. Should have seen it coming.

xmidipunkbastardx (June 28, 2005)

to the guy down there: please don't use the term "screamo" for this

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

Wow, that's the most stunnigly original album cover I've ever seen. No, seriously.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

fuck that....this cd is great. listen for yourself guys...dont listen to this flamer.

bloodbrothersburnpiano (June 28, 2005)

everyone over at absolutepunk.net loves this album and thinks the old ep was just ok. i disagree with them and agree with you. this new album is a generic piece of crap, while the old ep showed alot of promise and hinted at some originality in a (hopefully) dying genre.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

haha all the screamo cds get like 1 star and maybe 1 1/2, but they deserve it.

blaubs21 (June 28, 2005)

i seriously had high hopes for this album and i too, was let down majorly. i'll just put on "What's Up Now?" and remind myself of why this band had promise.

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