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The SetUp / Wow, Owls! - Split [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

The SetUp / Wow, Owls!

The SetUp / Wow, Owls!: Split [7 inch]Split [7 inch] (2005)
The Perpetual Motion Machine

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Wow, Owls! definitely came out of nowhere with their debut full-length this past year, Pick Your Patterns, to remind everyone -- or at least a fair handful -- what screamo actually is (a consistently unterrible genre, really), and what it can actually convey (raw emotion in short, anti-theatrical bu.


Wow, Owls! definitely came out of nowhere with their debut full-length this past year, Pick Your Patterns, to remind everyone -- or at least a fair handful -- what screamo actually is (a consistently unterrible genre, really), and what it can actually convey (raw emotion in short, anti-theatrical bursts). So needless to say, I was pretty stoked to hear of the occurrence of more material from the Richmond, VA-based act. It's delivered here in a stylishly packaged, colored and imbalanced split 7" between themselves and metallic hardcore act the SetUp.

The SetUp begin things with a track of just that: metallic hardcore. It's intense, mostly uptempo and with two vocalists, and without too many of the clich├ęs of their groan-worthy peers. The scarce guitar squeals aren't too obnoxious, though the breakdown is drawn out a bit much. It's defintively passionate for its style, and not a bad offering overall.

Wow, Owls! is likely to seem rather wimpy in comparison, but really do offer the same amounts of melody as seen through that rough kaleidoscope. While the anguished, almost spoken word-like singing is still prevalent in their two offerings here, things are definitely a bit less cacophonous than on the full-length, in fact feeling a little more "epic" even while they tumble through the same level of raw production featured on that other album in question. Thusly, they definitely warrant repeat listens to grow on the listener, but once they do, it's an enjoyable post-hardcore pair. "Hissy Fits and Temper Tantrums" is notable for its few "disenchanted youth"-like gang shouts and more laid back, thoughtful "breakdown" (I say that with quotes because it resonates wistfully rather than ferociously), and "Cole Hutchinson 1982-2002" is a paranoid number with its key line of "slip into delirium," even though its intro clearly rips off that of the band's own "Your New Favorite Song" from PYP, though it transitions into much calmer territory on the split.

Overall, this is a pretty cool visual and aural package. Granted it may take more time to flip the thing than it will to play through -- as do most splits -- and admittedly, the featured band's better songs are found on their full-length, but hey, "pretty good" is no condemnation, right?

 


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fritobandito (November 8, 2005)

Just saw Wow Owls with Latterman. Latterman was awesome.

me too! Warehouse? I thought both bands did excellent.

Perpetual (November 6, 2005)

I guess there are 3 (maybe more?) different bands with The SetUp as their name. The SetUp on this split 7" is definately NOT the dreamy indie emo bullshit band. The band on the 7" is myspace.com/thesetuprules.

Anonymous (November 5, 2005)

I was trying to check if the setup was the belgian hardcore band (or german or whatever), so i went to http://www.purevolume.com/thesetup . That band was fucking awesome, and i HATE dreamy indie rock.

Anonymous (November 4, 2005)

right, cause, little known fact, Unbroken invented the phrase "the setup".

Anonymous (November 4, 2005)

Just saw Wow Owls with Latterman. Latterman was awesome.

perpetual (November 4, 2005)

In case anyone was interested in what the 7" looks like, there's a quick snapshot of the vinyl and foldout, die-cut packaging right here.

Order the 7" now from The Perpetual Motion Machine or look out for it in stores soon!

Anonymous (November 4, 2005)

Just as long as they present fifty-thousand watts of goodwill.

SilentStorms (November 4, 2005)

I can't wait to pick this up. I got the Wow Owls lp and thought it was only okay. But I fucking love the Setup and I have all their shit. I would definately suggest checking out the Setup's debut full length "Tuned to Drop Dead" and their split with "Schematic of a Waking Life" ep - as this is what Off Minor would sound like if they listened to more metal and less jazz. Amazing bands though, and great review!!!

Anonymous (November 4, 2005)

Wow, An Elephant!

Sirens (November 4, 2005)

great band, good fun music.

Anonymous (November 4, 2005)

is the setup's name an unbroken reference?

Anonymous (November 4, 2005)

New material from Wow, Owls! so soon? Neat.

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