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J Church / Minority Blues Band - Split [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

J Church / Minority Blues Band

J Church / Minority Blues Band: Split [7 inch]Split [7 inch] (2006)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Though rumblings about it surfaced nearly two years ago, it wasn't until last April that J Church and Japan's long-defunct Minority Blues Band finally released their split 7 inch. For those who just can't wait for new material from J Church, it's a great stop along the way to their upcoming full-len.


Though rumblings about it surfaced nearly two years ago, it wasn't until last April that J Church and Japan's long-defunct Minority Blues Band finally released their split 7 inch. For those who just can't wait for new material from J Church, it's a great stop along the way to their upcoming full-length The Horror of Life, due out in a few weeks on No Idea.

Both J Church and Minority Blues Band bring an original and a cover to the table. J Church's original, "Aeroplane Angel" won't surprise fans of the band, although it has a slower tempo than their usually more hectic pop-punk -- then again, I've always found J Church to be just a little slower than I'd prefer. Lance Hahn's vocals during the verses are pleasantly lazy-sounding while the chorus has a real throwback indie-rock-circa-1993 feel to it, which is all the more authenticated with the song playing through a record player. J Church's second track is a cover of Wire's "Ex Lion Tamer." While the song's structure comes off as awkward at times, J Church is somehow able to give it an appealing, simple pop-punk frame that I give it credit for.

Japan's Minority Blues Band broke up a few years ago and their contributions are leftovers from their last sessions. Their original song, "Speak Same Old News, Sing Same Old Songs" appropriately follows the style of J Church's, although with a sped-up tempo and much hookier chorus. However, the production of their songs leave something to be desired. Their second song is a cover of Newtown Neurotic's "My Death," which they throw out in a style similar to Green Day's Kerplunk! days except with snottier sounding verses.

It's a humble little 7" for sure, but if you like melodic pop-punk, you really can't go wrong picking this one up.

 

 
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bakla (May 14, 2007)

great 7", I picked this up on one of my last drives up to the Bay Area, ten hour drive home to put this on the turn table, worth the wait!

Ven89 (March 8, 2007)

I've got the J Church / Off With Their Heads Split, it's good stuff. I need to pick this up.

JustinUCR (March 6, 2007)
Anonymous (March 6, 2007)

is ben snakepit still in j church? that guy rules.

recordtheory (March 6, 2007)

This is a good little split.

Anonymous (March 6, 2007)

Mmm...anarcho-pop. Ex-Lion Tamer is among the best songs on Pink Flag, so this sounds possibly worthwhile.
-feeeding5000

Anonymous (March 6, 2007)

to bad lance is a dick.

Anonymous (March 6, 2007)

Two kick ass bands

GlassPipeMurder (March 6, 2007)

oh man i love j church.

SloaneDaley (March 6, 2007)

I neeeeed this J Church is fan-fucking-tastic and I'm sure this is no less.

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