I Farm - IV (Cover Artwork)

I Farm

I Farm: IVIV (2006)
Go Kart Records

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Punk veterans I Farm's fourth full-length, appropriately titled IV, comes without a word of hype, likely as the band hasn't gained the fanbase or notoriety of their peers in No Use for a Name, Millencolin, etc., but whereas those bands' latest albums have failed to progress them into any favorable m.
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Punk veterans I Farm's fourth full-length, appropriately titled IV, comes without a word of hype, likely as the band hasn't gained the fanbase or notoriety of their peers in No Use for a Name, Millencolin, etc., but whereas those bands' latest albums have failed to progress them into any favorable musical territory, IV is possibly I Farm's most creative and energized effort yet.

What the trio provides on IV is `80s hardcore punk rock that isn't really `80s hardcore punk rock, as it consistently refuses to stay within those confines (though the pale artwork would certainly lead you to believe it's derived straight from that era). Sure, when the vocals are screamed they sound an awful lot like Jason Navarro's (Suicide Machines) similar moments (especially "Syntax Error"), but the music is otherwise frequently jumping around left and right. "To Lose Tourette's" is quite noisy in its schizophrenic guitars, as it toys with time signature changes and an indie rock flair, providing an angularity hardcore punk fans rarely hear in the genre; there's even a smoothly sung line in the chorus, which works wonderfully. "Land of the Lost" is fast-paced, Propagandhi-style skatepunk, while "Rayuela" treads an interesting indie rock / skatepunk line, with frenetic, intricate guitar work and double-time moments. There's even the instrumental "Dolphin Fight," the opening guitar riff of which seriously reminds me of Moneen's "The Frightening Reality..." for some stupid reason (I'm going to guess the effect and placement). "This Is Not a Test" has plenty of pure rock-based moments as well. Closer "Knucklehead" is the most straightforward I Farm gets; it's a great, intense, 40-some odd-second blast of catchy hardcore punk.

The press release is sure to put forth mentions of the word "metal" and at one comparison, Slayer, but frankly, I'm not hearing it. The band certainly exuberates a certain heaviness at points, and the guitars are often well thought out, but never to that point. "Irrational Number" is certainly big, loud, and noisy, but I don't know if that'd quite be it either.

Bill Stevenson tones down his usual powerful bombast at Blasting Room Studios in exchange for a more modest, only slightly raw sound that compliments the band well, similar to Only Crime's last effort.

IV just seems a bit too jumpy to really floor the listener. However, it's hard not to take notice of the chances taken, which tend to work well on some songs, but again, just not to the point that creates a more powerful, easily embraced record.

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Dycelot (June 6, 2011)

most of my friends are surprised when I point this out as one my top 20 favorite punk records of all time, as most of them aren't even aware that this record even exists. Rayuela and Land of the Lost are favorites, but the whole record puts alot of guitar arrangements together that really show the tragedy of the bands untimely breakup. it's nice to see a band saving the best for last for a change though, we've seen alot of beloved bands slowly and painfully fizzle away in the last decade.

MikeMoak (May 5, 2009)

This is one of the best records to ever come out of the blasting room.

kindofalongwaydown (April 25, 2006)

"To lose tourettes"..is that a play on "toulouse lautrec"?

Fell free to correct my spelling if it is in fact wrong.

Anonymous (April 25, 2006)

more like PHAT farm lol amirite?

Anonymous (April 25, 2006)

Arron told me he is heavly influenced by jawbreaker but then he stated how much he hates jawbreaker. However , he did turn me on to plow united and ground round!

Scruffy (April 25, 2006)

Sorry, but I stopped listening as soon as you said that Millencolin's latest hasn't brought them anywhere new.
Even though Home From Home was good, Kingwood is a huge leap for Millencolin. Their music is much smoother. The construction of the songs isn't obvious. Everything came together how it needed to. The lyrics are deep and emotional, and there's nary a ska song to be found. Kingwood is one of the few near-perfect albums that came out in 2005, and I wish it would get the respect it deserves.

Anonymous (April 25, 2006)

Cool - Go-Kart is alive again. Thank you for keeping the faith!

istapledmyfoot (April 25, 2006)

just listened to the mp3, pretty fucking sweet. Good review, and fair synopsis of these guys' unique blend of hardcore/skate punk and a bunch of other goofy shit, but mainly skate punk.

aahhhh (April 25, 2006)

knucklehead is from their first album, and they just rerecorded it.

score is for the album.

Anonymous (April 25, 2006)

I Farm is very cool. Hopefully this record wil get the attention it deserves. These guys have earned it.

MikeStupid (April 25, 2006)

Haven't heard anything from these guys before, but the mp3 sounds pretty sweet. I'll be checking this out.

Anonymous (April 25, 2006)

good band

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