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Call It Arson

Call It Arson: Call It ArsonCall It Arson (2005)
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Reviewer Rating: 1


Contributed by: RyanMRyanM
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It's often easiest to identify a band by the company they keep. Call It Arson reference Engine Down, the Appleseed Cast and Hey Mercedes among others as kindred spirits, but there seems little in the way of compelling material to draw listeners to this self-titled release instead of any of the above.
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It's often easiest to identify a band by the company they keep. Call It Arson reference Engine Down, the Appleseed Cast and Hey Mercedes among others as kindred spirits, but there seems little in the way of compelling material to draw listeners to this self-titled release instead of any of the above listed bands' materials. Most of the album flows between quiet moments of plucking guitars and the carefully constructed vocals which just hover on the line between smooth and broken. The biggest dilemma here may be the band's attempted message and the way in which the music comes across: Their name is a "decree for the destruction of the United States' current socio-political system in hopes of rebuilding one that is more just." How punk. Putting aside the idiocy of such a statement for a moment, this music is, on the whole, fairly ordinary and uninteresting, with standard arrangements, vocals and structures. I'm also not quite sure how these songs are supposed to convey any sense of anger toward political systems or even any sense of outrage; instead, it all seems too sloppily put together and even whiny.

Putting aside the obvious failure to convey their intentions, there are only a couple of songs that offer melodies that actually satisfy, and these are toward the end of the record anyways. "Here Comes the Flood" and "Nightmare on Coulter Street" show potential to produce something with a catchy harmony, but throughout most of the other songs this is completely lacking. The former offers a lighter song that bounces along on a catchy chorus while the latter is easily the most successful song emotionally. It's more atmospheric and distant, with stronger vocals and good build-ups, but I have to wonder why it took 8 songs to get there. For the most part, the beginning of the record is completely forgettable -- sure, it's competent, but there's no excuse for it being so bland. All of the bands they reference offer similar styles, but do so with more skill, so this album comes off as flat and incredibly dull.

Maybe there are better things to come from Call It Arson, as a couple of songs suggest, but until their sound becomes more focused and less lackadaisical, there's little reason to care. They certainly show an aptitude for playing this style, but have yet to found a way to make it their own. Until then, I think our socio-political system will stay right where it is.

 


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assgoblin (January 21, 2008)

the band pic for call it arson is wrong. the band pictured is crash romeo formerly centless. they are from my town and used to play quality pop punk along with other b-ville favorites such as jettison and lwl. now they jumped on the emo wave and signed to trustkill.

Matt-A-Tat-Tat (February 23, 2006)

It's a real pain in the ass when a band chooses the wrong time to be loud during a song. Call It Arson is guilty of this on their latest effort. It is during this album that we hear a band that has a world of potential but blows it away by loud guitar riffs that don't fit in certain songs. Perhaps the best track on this album is "Butterflies Rape the Sound", a beautiful mix of emotional vocals and dreamy percussion and guitars. But "I Know Me" starts off mellow, then out of nowhere, heavy guitars are thrown into the mix, which ruins the song. Call It Arson has a niche that they should stick to: mellow indie rock

Anonymous (January 10, 2006)

crappy show? I hope your definition of a good show isn't like spin kicks or something because everytime i've seen them, they've blown every other band of the stage

Anonymous (December 28, 2005)

these guys put on a really really crappy show
yet for some reason all the kids in CT seem to love them, it boggles my mind

Anonymous (December 24, 2005)

Never heard of these guys, but I do like the Arsons, though.

Anonymous (December 24, 2005)

one star? harsh. not my favorite band from CT, but i'd give 'em more than one star. well-written review though.

Icapped2pac (December 23, 2005)

Wow, nice review, dude. It's nice to see somebodywho still knows how to use the english language in this age of "ur" and "l8rz" and other stupid abbreviations. I mean, really, who cares about literacy anway?

lou (December 23, 2005)

if you didn't laugh when you read the song title nightmare on coulter street, i reserve the right to tell you that you do in fact suck.

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