Punknews.org
Socratic - Just Turn (Cover Artwork)

Socratic

Socratic: Just TurnJust Turn (2006)
Drive-Thru Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: GlassPipeMurderGlassPipeMurder
(others by this writer | submit your own)

Ah yes, the old free online EP trick. Was it not good enough to be mass produced? Or was it so good they wanted everyone to be able to hear it? Whatever Socratic's motives, their five-song EP Just Turn shows substantial progress from their adequate, but undeveloped Drive-Thru debut Lunch for the Sky.
iTunes StoreAmazon


Ah yes, the old free online EP trick. Was it not good enough to be mass produced? Or was it so good they wanted everyone to be able to hear it? Whatever Socratic's motives, their five-song EP Just Turn shows substantial progress from their adequate, but undeveloped Drive-Thru debut Lunch for the Sky and promise for their next full-length.

Socratic is a band whose strength lies in the subtleties of their words and music. While Lunch for the Sky exceeded expectations with their mature lyrics, the music seemed to drag through most of the album. With Just Turn, the band has drastically improved the music behind the lyrics. The pace has picked up to something more resembling a punk rhythm, the instrumentation is richly layered and driven by intricate piano playing and both acoustic and electric guitars. Socratic's gently spoken but sardonic lyrics are remarkably effective on Just Turn.

From the first lines of the opener, "Turn" -- which starts off with lullaby notes of the piano before an acoustic guitar and a pounding snare -- the cynical lyrics take front seat: "The end is here, kiddies, didn't think you'd see it? Is that what you thought? / Now every little name on your cell phone list it now don't mean shit / No matter what brand car you drive, it will all be melted metal / And us, like the world should turn turn turn / We're just little germs that turn turn turn." The second song, "Blend In" features some of the best music on the EP as well as some equally entertaining lyrics: "The next living thing was a pigeon sitting shitting on the heads walking by / What the fuck, no it's shit ain't good luck / It's just a stain on the suit like a suit is a stain on the skin / When you're in trouble it's best you just blend in." "The Spanish Singer" shows off the band's impressive harmonic abilities and multiple layers of interesting musicianship. The upbeat "I Haven't Seen You in Years" is fairly pop-oriented, and undeniably reminiscent of the Get Up Kids' "Wish You Were Here," a band that no doubt had measurable influence on Socratic's sound. The EP closes on a rather dark note with "Storms Over Parades" and features a different vocal delivery, but is no less effective than the more melodic tracks.

Major props to Socratic and Drive-Thru for releasing this EP for free. In this day and age, it's nice to see a label not trying to squeeze every dollar out of their bands' music. Just Turn is a promising sample of Socratic's latest work, with a sound that appears to be moving in the right direction. By the way, Socratic is also selling hard copies of the EP online and at their shows. So if Socratic happens to roll through my hometown anytime soon, I just might pick it up.

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Fiction Reform - Revelation in the Hands of the WeakGuignol & Mischief Brew - Fight DirtyCameran - A CaesareanPistol Whip - Terminal [CD/DVD]Various - MNSka Mixtape Volume 1Burning Streets - Is It in Black and WhiteThe Framed - Angels and the Knives They CarryStar Fucking Hipsters - Never Rest in PeaceGogol Bordello - Live from Axis Mundi [CD/DVD]Koffin Kats - Forever for Hire

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
luvmusic1017 (February 5, 2007)

i friggin love this ep!!! and its free! doesnt get much better than that! :]

SilentStorms (January 19, 2007)

See GlassPipeMurder, now that's a good review. Not interested in the music, but that's because you actually explained it to me. Keep it up.

branden (January 17, 2007)

ew @ those lyrics

luvmusic1017 (January 17, 2007)

you can download the album here:
http://www.purevolume.com/socratic

I really recommend everyone checking it out. Its awesome, deff. a breath of fresh air.

luvmusic1017 (January 17, 2007)

you can download the album here:
http://www.purevolume.com/socratic

I really recommend everyone checking it out. Its awesome, deff. a breath of fresh air.

m-oo (January 17, 2007)

Its allright. A bit boring at parts to be honest

danperrone (January 17, 2007)

this band has always sucked since back in the day when they were an mxpx ripoff...but OH WOW! they changed entirely from what they used to be to fit in with what's popular now

bunch of losers in this band too

Anonymous (January 17, 2007)

This album is incredible. Go pick it up...it's still a free download.

This band has come a long way since their first EP.

SydBarrett420 (January 16, 2007)

I was etxrememly disappointed in this EP after their great debut album

Anonymous (January 16, 2007)
Anonymous (January 16, 2007)

how about telling me where i can download the album

likebats (January 16, 2007)

why does everyone feel the need to bash almost every release? the only reason people on this site won't like this is because it was released on drive thru.

rearanged3 (January 16, 2007)

"It's just a stain on the suit like a suit is a stain on the skin"
they definitely said "oh man! that's so clever!" at least someone thinks this is mature.

plaidical (January 16, 2007)

quality release

GlassPipeMurder (January 16, 2007)

clap your hands say yeah

Archangel (January 16, 2007)

Those lyrics are a fucking joke, only it's not a funny joke. What the hell do you listen to that makes THIS seem mature?

Ollywood (January 16, 2007)

first

Exclusive Streams

Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go