Lemuria / Kind of Like Spitting - Your Living Room's All Over Me (Cover Artwork)

Lemuria / Kind of Like Spitting

Lemuria / Kind of Like Spitting: Your Living Room's All Over MeYour Living Room's All Over Me (2006)
Art of the Underground

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There's nothing better than an enjoyable split. Two bands coming together for the common goodâ?¦it's magical. Your Living Room's All Over Me pairs veteran emo supergroup Kind of Like Spitting with the female-fronted pop-punk of Lemuria.

The first seven songs come from relative newcomers, Lemuria. Aside from two songs sung by drummer Alexander Kerns, guitarist Sheena Ozzella controls the vocal duties for Lemuria and does a fantastic job. With a singing style somewhat reminiscent of Cruiserweight's Stella Maxwell, Ozzella has the ability to deliver emotions ranging from cute, like in album opener "Hours," to absolutely jaded as in "Bristles and Whiskers." The latter, which is credited to Kerns in the lyrics booklet, contains some of the more biting lines on the album, which says a lot since Lemuria is paired with Kind of Like Spitting; "They don't make love, they fuck / And he assumes it's enough / They both pretend to come with a common image of another man filling them with love." In fact, Kerns delivers powerful lyrics on five of the seven songs, with "Rough Draft" being another exceptional instance with the lines, "Everyone I fall in love with already has fallen in love with someone I respect / So now I'm an altruist / Oh fuck, just this once can I root for the home team? I'm always the bee to kamikaze to save the precious queen." Lemuria impresses throughout Living Room, a promising feat considering it's both their longest release at seven songs, and their most prominent, being paired with Kind of Like Spitting.

Led by seemingly miserable and despondent frontman Ben Barnett, Kind of Like Spitting helped usher in emo's popularity in the late `90s with stylistic and lyrical comparisons to Gainesville, Florida's I Hate Myself. With an exasperated, slightly off-key singing voice, Barnett spends the greater part of his songs in vocal self-reflection, bouncing schizophrenically between optimism and pessimism in a futile search for clarity. Kind of Like Spitting's half begins with the wrenching "Shallow Doses" in typical KOLS fashion: "Lay your hands on me / A tempo I can see / 24 ribs create a seam / No debate / If you're the captain, regulate / Yes-men sway, tell me it's OK." While most of the songs are played in a slower, more indie-oriented fashion, the blistering "You I Seek" (actually a Thermals track, Barnett's other band) pulls in punk elements coupled with wailing emo vocals. There are also some surprisingly positive lyrics on Living Room. On "Team Reasonable," Barnett closes with the lines, "As history moves on / I can only hope to learn and not repeat my wrongs / I cradle it closely / Something to be proud of in the end."

Sadly, Your Living Room's All Over Me appears to be the swan song for Kind of Like Spitting. On Oct. 8, 2006 Barnett announced the band's end. Although not the band's most impressive effort, Your Living Room's All Over Me is a formidable farewell and sends Kind of Like Spitting into history with a solid final offering.


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HOISTDATRAG (April 12, 2009)

Ben Barnett is an incredible songwriter, and this is my favorite full band stuff that he's done. Not to mention this is my favorite Lemuria release too.

ifyoumakeit (September 24, 2007)

Lemuria Videos

"The Origamists" - at Bereafest

"How could anyone love a turtle" at Bereafest

"P ants" at Stay True Paltz.

artoftheunderground (December 1, 2006)

Lemuria just released a single in the Art of the Underground Single Series! it's limited to 250, don't miss it!

fritobandito (November 8, 2006)

lemuria is so good.
kind of like spitting is one of my favorite of the late 90s indie-emo sort of thing.

I fully endorse the purchasing of this split.

Anonymous (November 7, 2006)

Best band around

Anonymous (November 7, 2006)

Yea Lemuria pretty much rules.
Its not a secret..... is an awesome song (not sure if its even on this.)

Kursk (November 7, 2006)

the score is for Lemuria. i haven't heard this yet, but Lemuria is awesome.

damnitsderek (November 7, 2006)

It's one of those questions that had to be asked, regardless of my own well-being.

GlassPipeMurder (November 7, 2006)

i think you may have botched that one, derek :-D

k-dubs (November 7, 2006)

lemuria smacked THE FEST 5 around and called it their pyramid. that show was fucking amazing.

damnitsderek (November 7, 2006)

No jokes about Kind of Like Splitting kind of splitting up yet?

marcusd (November 7, 2006)

that is for lemuria. they can honestly do no wrong. Best band in Buffalo and for that part, most of the country. Anyone who has the chance should see them live. They slay and are the nicest people.

Fuzzy (November 7, 2006)

Lemuria is fucking awesome.

SloaneDaley (November 7, 2006)

oh and good review. I tend to enjoy your reviews......with all the doors locked and the blinds pulled close.

SloaneDaley (November 7, 2006)

I Hate Myself kicks a lot of ass and both these bands sound reallly good. I've heard lots of jazz about Lemuria do they have lots of albums?

cherrycolarain (November 7, 2006)

I really want to give this a listen. But I can't find it anywhere. Any place where I can hear some tunes?

benz (November 7, 2006)

Score's for Dinosaur Jr's album "Your Living All Over Me".

Kudos to these bands for referencing it. Nice.

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