Fifth Hour Hero - Not Revenge...Just a Vicious Crush (Cover Artwork)

Fifth Hour Hero

Fifth Hour Hero: Not Revenge...Just a Vicious CrushNot Revenge...Just a Vicious Crush (2006)
No Idea Records

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When I was teaching grade 11 history last year, I tried to incorporate music into every class. I figured it would interest the kids while at the same time give them an idea of the kind of music I listened too when I wasn't tucking in my shirt. I never wanted to be the teacher that tried to look cool.
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When I was teaching grade 11 history last year, I tried to incorporate music into every class. I figured it would interest the kids while at the same time give them an idea of the kind of music I listened too when I wasn't tucking in my shirt. I never wanted to be the teacher that tried to look cool, so I considered myself fortunate to like music that the majority of my students really weren't into, although most of them did like music that falls into the ever less-meaningful category of punk rock. On days when I couldn't find a song that somehow fit into what we were doing, I would just turn the stereo on and play whatever I had brought with me for the drive that day until the students were settled all around and at least a few minutes of class time had been spent.

There is a point to this story, I swear. One day I was playing Fifth Hour Hero's Scattered Sentences album and a popular girl who never showed any interest to any of the music I liked suddenly started tapping her foot along with the music, while the resident skater kid -- who was somehow able to grow a beard I'll never be able to handle -- was doing the same thing. Perhaps it was the combination of melody and raw feel that comes with the band's music, but more likely it was the mix of Genevieve Tremblay and Oliver Maquire's vocals that won over these seemingly opposite kids. And I thought "YES! This is the music that can create bridges between people! Finally, we'll see the end of My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy shirts in the hallways and start seeing Fifth Hour Hero and Hot Water Music logos scribbled poorly on the binders of stoners." Of course, I was wrong; I get a lot more excited about music than my kids did and the next day they were begging for Kanye West.

Not Revenge...Just a Vicious Crush is the Quebec City band's second full-length, although they have released a number of EPs and splits on various labels. This latest effort shows them developing somewhat from previous efforts, all the while strengthening the very qualities that made them appealing in the first place. As mentioned before, the best thing about Fifth Hour Hero is the balance they find -- be it in melody and rough edges, male and female vocals, or personal and political (and often personal politics) lyrical subject matter.

On its best tracks such as "Divorce," "After All Is Said and Done," and "Bruce Oh My Bruce," Not Revenge showcases a band that has made a home with their sound and is finally settling into it. Sure, there's some Discount and Hot Water Music in the foundation, but it's truly their own place, their own sound. The sound they've made on Not Revenge is encouragingly uplifting throughout.

Of course, the positive spin on this review was largely aided by catching the band on a number of Quebec dates they recently shared with None More Black and the Sainte Catherines. On record, the songs come off way more polished than they do live, but just as good nonetheless.

The album does have some low points, mostly in a misplaced acoustic track (aren't those supposed to go at the end?) but by the time you really think about that, the next song is already on. Not Revenge isn't the best the band can do, but it's a damn fine record by any standards.


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Anonymous (September 11, 2006)

I bought this album just on the merit of this review, and it turned out being one of the best music purchases I've made in a while. Great stuff.

ben_conoley (September 10, 2006)

No, they're not on tour now. They're playing the Fest though

groupie_love (September 8, 2006)

i'm seriously thinking about getting this album... are they on tour or something?

danielsan (September 6, 2006)

That was an amazing tour, and some of the most fun I've ever had at shows (I was at the Richmond Hill and Toronto dates). Unfortunately, I just couldn't really get into their first full-length aside from a couple songs. I will definitely give this a shot though.

Frankff (September 6, 2006)

Not Revenge... Just A Vicious Crush is probably one of this year's hidden gems.

If you can, get this on LP... the "color" is simply insane !

Phantom_Maggot (September 6, 2006)

I gotta start incorporating music as well in my classes. Good call.

modelcitizen (September 6, 2006)

this is definitely in my top 10 for the year. i would have to side with the person below me that "a light on you" is definitely one of the best songs on the cd. "burning the fields down" is my current favorite. not a bad song on the whole cd.

Dakotacore (September 6, 2006)

Score is for teaching. I play a lot of HWM and The Weakerthans when I teach my Senior English classes. The kids at first hated it, but now they miss it when we don't get time to listen to music.

MonkDave (September 6, 2006)

This record is actually incredible. It's like they stepped it up from a really good band to a truly amazing band. Seriously awesome.

Anonymous (September 5, 2006)

Their last was pretty solid. I'll have to check this out.

leifkills (September 5, 2006)

Kick ass band, great record, and one of the prettiest goddamn pieces of wax that I own.

Anonymous (September 5, 2006)

If the 'misplaced acoustic track' is "A Light On You", then I must disagree. Probably the second best track after the opener, and certainly a much better song then the other semi-acoustic closer.

wyzo (September 5, 2006)

this reviewer should write more, I like the way his gristle is chiseled.


lynchme (September 5, 2006)

I've seen this band twice. They are fucking awesome

ChokingVictim (September 5, 2006)

I was really pleasantly suprised by this record.

ozmanx (September 5, 2006)

I forgot all about this band, looks like i need to pick this up.

SloaneDaley (September 5, 2006)

I'm still upset Molotov Rocktails got cancelled, I need to pick up this album.

Anonymous (September 5, 2006)

Hmm it's gonna be hard to beat "you have hurt my buisness....." but i'm gonna get this.

jumptheshark (September 5, 2006)

I like this band...gonna have to check this album out soon

Falconer (September 5, 2006)

I saw them on said tour in Ottawa. Good times. This album finally came out, and I tracked it down. There's something about them that is irresistable...

adam (September 5, 2006)

This is a record I need to listen to really loud to really connect with otherwise it somehow fades to background music. However when they have my attention this band just mesmerizes me.


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