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inblackandwhite: Say We Are Not BrothersSay We Are Not Brothers (2007)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: FuzzyJustin
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Two-and-a-half minutes into the opening track, inblackandwhite's dueling vocalists finally make an appearance -- thankfully the band has already spoken volumes by this point. The post-hardcore band from Boston is just that: spot on post-hardcore. With a mixture of dueling vocals that are just dissim.


Two-and-a-half minutes into the opening track, inblackandwhite's dueling vocalists finally make an appearance -- thankfully the band has already spoken volumes by this point. The post-hardcore band from Boston is just that: spot on post-hardcore. With a mixture of dueling vocals that are just dissimilar enough to be interesting, a highly competent rhythm section and a sound that reeks of Fugazi's In on the Kill Taker or Frodus' And We Washed Our Weapons in the Sea, the band has a solid foundation to work from.

The EP contains five songs and has really gotten a terrifying amount of play by me in the past month or so. The second song, "The Fire of Triumph and We Are Still Cold," has a fantastic sing-along chorus that hails back to the pre-Epitaph days of Hot Water Music while the fourth, "The Tundra Calls Us Home" is a sort of post-hardcore dirge lamenting the travails that one faces growing up under other people's assumptions and rules.

The final song, "This Is the Machine" begs to be heard live in a basement, sweat dripping from the ceiling, kids piled up on the band waiting to be set loose. In fact, this may be inblackandwhite's biggest downfall: They are a band that is made to be seen live. The studio treats their sound well and they've been able to flesh out their sound without spending boatloads of cash but there's an energy in their music that begs for an in-person exposition.

Say We Are Not Brothers is a highly recommended buy for any fan of mid-era Fugazi, Hot Water Music or Small Brown Bike. There's a lot to be said for having good influences.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
david_arquette (February 26, 2007)

The word "like" is missing from the post below, and it's a key component of the statement.

david_arquette (February 26, 2007)

A Day in Black and White is better than these fools.

I A Day in Black and White, but I happen to think this is actually a bit better.

Hey_Asshole (February 25, 2007)

can we please stop all this "post-genre" bullshit. for real. "post-" and "-core" classifications are like the special olympics of genre definitions.

stupid motherfuckers

Ianw (February 23, 2007)

That Frodus album was the most dissappointing purchase I'v ever made.

Anonymous (February 23, 2007)

A Day in Black and White is better than these fools.

Anonymous (February 23, 2007)

Nice cover art...Oh, is Frodus any good? Because they sound like they would suck.
-feeeding5000

adam (February 23, 2007)

Justin is a hack! Boo! Hiss!

-adam

SuperRad (February 22, 2007)

Hmm, sounds good.

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