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The Lovekill - These Moments Are Momentum (Cover Artwork)

The Lovekill

The Lovekill: These Moments Are MomentumThese Moments Are Momentum (2006)
Astro Magnetics

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: AubinAubin
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I continue to be very impressed with Geoff Rickley's Astro Magnetics label; the Thursday frontman has taken an opportunity squandered by many, and used it to create an imprint with a very real identity and philosophy, and not just not the one you'd expect from the post-hardcore heroes. Instead, with.
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I continue to be very impressed with Geoff Rickley's Astro Magnetics label; the Thursday frontman has taken an opportunity squandered by many, and used it to create an imprint with a very real identity and philosophy, and not just not the one you'd expect from the post-hardcore heroes. Instead, with releases from the Valley Arena and the Blackout Pact, the common denominator seems to be a solid punk base. The Valley Arena incorporated rhythmic art-punk like Gang of Four, while the Blackout Pact paid tribute to the distinctive and gritty sound of Hot Water Music.

The Lovekill certainly continues this tradition, keeping a strong `90s base, but infusing it with the sound of heavier art punks like Mission of Burma and Cursive. The band boasts a heavy angularity inherited from both those bands as well as vocals which have that Guy Picciotto-esque sung/spoken quality to them, and sharp, staccato guitars which occasionally wash into melodic leads.

Throughout the recording, the band maintains a relentless tempo, and is refreshingly energetic; tracks like "Palms and Gin" and "These Moments Are Momentum" are injected with a cool energy and strong instrumental performances. "Heart Wires" is another particularly strong track, with a great hook, and a memorable bridge driven by guitarist Jonah Bayer.

Though the album is not just Bayer's despite his wonderful leads, bassist Carla Cherry and drummer Craig Ramsey maintain a rock-solid rhythmic base which keeps everything propelled forward, both creatively and musically.

Words should also be written about Stephen Pederson (Criteria) and his exemplary production; though the record was recorded in what the label described as a "damp basement, " you'd never know it from the sound of the record, which is warm and manages to transcribe both the band's angularity and strong low end.

With a sound that pays tribute to the definitive sounds of early Dischord and Touch and Go, and strong songwriting throughout, the Lovekill have assembled a terrific debut, and another memorable release from Astro Magnetics. Well-recommended.

 

 
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Kursk (October 24, 2006)

Great band, great album, and Jonah was really nice and down to earth when I met him, as was the rest of the band.

MattTong (July 24, 2006)

Jonah is a dick

GreenVandal (July 20, 2006)

Didn't like it.

exit15wfan (July 20, 2006)

solid record, very throwback, decent energy especially at the beginning of the disc

kirbypuckett (July 18, 2006)

It's a shame, but I think this band will be written off quickly by a handful of folks in light of their name.

- Kirby

inagreendase (July 18, 2006)

Very doubtful on the lasting value, but I like this album. Really unique vocals.

Also, this artwork looks an awful lot like Over It's Silverstrand.

Also, a solid debut for Mr. Pedersen.

maverick (July 18, 2006)

The songs tend to run together towards the end of the disc, but the first three or four tracks, especially "Refrain Of The AM," kill. Anyone in the Cleveland area should come out to their CD-release show this Saturday at the Beachland Tavern with the Felix Culpa; it's gonna be a good time.

-Scott

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