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Folly

Folly: Resist ConvenienceResist Convenience (2006)
Triple Crown Records

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New Jersey's Folly has much in common with HORSE the Band. Both are metal/hardcore acts who bring some particularly unique trait to the table that may garner them some "gimmick" labels, but in turn provide an at least somewhat comical look at the genre and thus welcome the environment of fun records.
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New Jersey's Folly has much in common with HORSE the Band. Both are metal/hardcore acts who bring some particularly unique trait to the table that may garner them some "gimmick" labels, but in turn provide an at least somewhat comical look at the genre and thus welcome the environment of fun records and shows. For HORSE, it's their fascination with Nintendo video games and the sound effects that go with it. For Folly, it's randomly integrated ska upstrokes. And like HORSE, Folly delivers an improvement upon their last record, tinkering a bit with their sound and coming out with positive results. However, Folly have all but departed the genre's usually tight confines with Resist Convenience.

For starters, Folly are not only more musically ambitious, but even more playful on their second effort for Triple Crown. At any given time, the guitars may chug along or ring out Aquabats-like frenziness, all the whilst following lung-shattering screams. You'll suddenly hear a bout of swirling guitars and a dance beat drum fill on "Bonfire of the Manatees" seemingly concocted my James DeWees for a Reggie and the Full Effect song, while several minutes later "False Evidence Appearing Real" offers both death metal moments and upbeat gang vocals and singing seconds later. And not just the sorta hip-hop flow that Folly sometimes employs; no, there's singing, the melodic kind, which honestly tends to sound like Park's Ladd Mitchell. It's not heavily used, but when it is, it's effective. It's honestly amazing how much the comparison hits in "The Wake;" never have Folly's melodic tendencies been put forth so strongly here, but in any event it really does convey the outstanding moment of Convenience: sincerely great and memorable emotional punk at its finest, which in any right is an odd description for Folly fans to read. Don't fret if there are fears Folly has forgotten about their trademark third wave nods, as "Broken" bookends tightly wound metalcore with uptempo ska/reggae grooves. However, there's even more genre-hopping in "Forfeit Sundials," which recalls mates of state Thursday with reserved post-hardcore twinkling and commanding drum rolls.

Folly are a talented bunch who've strengthed their qualities to the point where deeming them merely a "joke" band is far out of the question. Resist Convenience is an apt title, as it's really a melting pot of styles where throwing in just the right amount of foreign ingredients makes for a great stew.

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False Evidence Appearing Real

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Bonfire of the Manatees

 

 
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xxjohnnyrocketxx (December 29, 2006)

There are some good songs here. Reminds me of Give Up The Ghost with ska riffs. Great screaming. I don't see this as a joke at all. I see it as a refreshing take on old school Hardcore. Buy it if you like Bane, Kid Dynamite, Give Up The Ghost.

Anonymous (February 23, 2006)

Saw em about a week ago and they killed. Managed to hang out with em for a while before and after their set and they are some of the coolest guys I've ever had the chance to meet. They managed to play 3 songs off this if I can recall (Not counting Broken) Opening with "False Evidence Appearing Real" then going straight into "Broken". Followed by "For My Friends" then a new one called "The Wake" Followed by "The Morning Song" "Piano Player" then "Bonfire of the Manatees" closing with "Repeat, I Repeat, Repeat".

Scruffy (February 23, 2006)

Wow, the lyrics to Bonfire Of The Manatees are retarded.

Anonymous (February 23, 2006)

they used to be ska when ska was cool. these dudes follow the trends.

skolarx (February 23, 2006)

these guys were kind of bad last night. can't say that i think the album would be any better

Anonymous (February 23, 2006)

This album is great. I am looking forward to seeing the new stuff live...

Anonymous (February 22, 2006)

this band played my friends house a little more than a year ago. and you know what? it sounded like shit. there's no hardcore. there's no ska. its metalcore with 10 second bursts of upstrokes.

gheeeey.

Anonymous (February 22, 2006)

i really don't like the version of broken on this cd it was alot better on the demo and these guys put on a amazing live show when i saw them at the record release for insanity later in 04

kenjamin (February 22, 2006)

i saw these guys in 2003 and they were definitely ska/hardcore.

Anonymous (February 22, 2006)

Awesome album. Even better live show.

SilentStorms (February 21, 2006)

Intriguing review, and the mp3 is pretty sweet, I'll pick this up fer hizzle.

indie_is_better_than_punk (February 21, 2006)

"broken" came out as a demo before insanity later. i can't believe it's on this album.

Anonymous (February 21, 2006)

RE: didn't this band used too be ska about six or eight years ago or so?

That's exactly what I was wondering as well. Name sounds very familiar.

the_other_scott (February 21, 2006)

i saw these guys a couple of weeks ago. all i heard was a screamo band.

darkstarm (February 21, 2006)

Great band, great guys. I'll be picking this up as soon as possible.

mjg (February 21, 2006)

didn't this band used too be ska about six or eight years ago or so?

jamalxbearings (February 21, 2006)

I saw this band a week ago in Melbourne, sick show and I'm looking forward to this album.

Anonymous (February 21, 2006)

wasn't fozzy a muppet?

givemeamuseumandillfillit (February 21, 2006)

"Speaking of Fozzy, what's with Chris Jericho still calling himself Y2J? That shit was 6 years ago."

When i randomly saw fozzy at a fest people were cheering Y2J, but he gracefully toned it down and started cheering FOOOH-ZYY FOOOH-ZYYY himself, which caused everyone to follow suite.

And this cd is pretty fun, they probably slay live.

RondoMondo (February 21, 2006)

My band played with Folly on Friday in Vero and I have to say they put on a hell of a show. False Evidence Appearing Real is one of the best opening songs in the history of mankind. All in all, it was a good day for us Shamone'! brothers.

skolarx (February 21, 2006)

i kept thinking this was some shitty band i saw once but i think that was lefty and i actually somehow saw them twice... go figure. these guys are playing this week in detroit, i might see them if my girlfriend is still not talking to me

etwiels88 (February 21, 2006)

Speaking of Fozzy, what's with Chris Jericho still calling himself Y2J? That shit was 6 years ago.

Anyways, I've always liked this band. Hope this sounds pretty good.

TheOneTrueBill (February 21, 2006)

Fozzy?

Scruffy (February 21, 2006)

Gah! Every time my band releases something, we put some ridiculous joke copyright on it. (c) 2002 Screw The Pooch Music or (c)2005 Cry, The Beloved Monkey Music. We had already decided our full-length album would be (c)2006 Bonfire Of The Manatees Music. Oh well. We'll probably still do it.

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