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Kaddisfly

Kaddisfly: Set Sail the PrairieSet Sail the Prairie (2007)
Subcity Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


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However changing face Hopeless and Sub City Records may be, it's now slowly becoming clear they have the potential to collectively emerge as an outlet for creative, latter-era emo bands to express themselves in extended passages. We saw it first in Ever We Fall's impressive debut full-length last ye.
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However changing face Hopeless and Sub City Records may be, it's now slowly becoming clear they have the potential to collectively emerge as an outlet for creative, latter-era emo bands to express themselves in extended passages. We saw it first in Ever We Fall's impressive debut full-length last year, We Are But Human, and now after a shaky debut Kaddisfly have settled into this niche‚?¶which actually isn't such an easily pigeonholed niche.

On Set Sail the Prairie Kaddisfly dabble in the modern, atmospheric, trippy yet delicately emotional passages that somewhat resemble a slightly more dull albeit more ambitious Days Away or Circa Survive. It could be argued that heavy hints of earlier Brazil permeate the mix, too. Christopher James Ruff leads the vocal change in an eccentric, versatile manner; he'll occasionally speed up his delivery in weird little bursts -- in "Janvier: Via Rail," I get a serious vibe of At the Drive-In's "Invalid Litter Dept.". While Ruff can't quite seem to hit those upper register notes he's striving for at certain moments throughout the album, they rise with the music fairly well.

After attempting to channel the shimmering post-rock of Explosions in the Sky in hushed opener "Summer Solstice" (which pops up every now and then through the rest of Prairie's course to fair results), plenty more outside-the-box nods take place. There are brief, weirdly dub moments in "July: Waves," a strangely dancey vibe replete with active piano in "Noyabr`: Empire," and all sorts of funky guitar tones all throughout. "Winter Solstice" is a nice, much needed intermission, a bare bones sorta jazz piece with just Ruff's understated vocals, light drums and piano.

What Kaddisfly is doing here is impressive, but it doesn't change the fact that Set Sail the Prairie is really, really fucking long. Like, a shade under 70 minutes long, and frankly the band's style just isn't interesting enough to want to take it all in every single listen. However, with a little patience and comfortable sitting position, letting it simply sink in wouldn't be such a bad idea despite the conflicting album title.

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Noyabr': Empire
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crazytoledo (March 19, 2007)

A bunch of teenaged girls probably there to see the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus actually had the nerve to boo this band.

But these dudes are amazing as hell live. Especially when Chris spazzed out on one of the cymbals and broke the drum stick he was using.

Anonymous (March 12, 2007)

I can't stand the vocal/lyrics - otherwise I enjoy the band. But seriously I want to punch the singer in the larynx - he's not even a bad singer, but the lyrical content is brutal and he seems to use the same vocal rhythm or something in every song

branden (March 10, 2007)

worst.....band............EVER

Scruffy (March 7, 2007)

"...this isn't their debut album..."

Uh, the review doesn't say that it is.

Anonymous (March 7, 2007)

...this isn't their debut album...

Anonymous (March 7, 2007)

Kaddisfly: suck

Big_Guy (March 6, 2007)

this is really long. I like it though

ilikepunkrock (March 6, 2007)

I wrote the last comment, dang

Anonymous (March 6, 2007)

Some of these guys went to my high school and they are good guys, their music is not my cup of tea though. Score is for Summit High

crazytoledo (March 6, 2007)

I like this and I'm gonna see them on the 17th.

Anonymous (March 6, 2007)

im sorry, i respect this band, i just dont really get them. i can never get into it

GlassPipeMurder (March 6, 2007)

Spot on review, I'm continually let down by Hopeless/Sub City releasese and wonder--if ever--they will get back to releasing the type of music that stays relevant long after its release, the likes of Dillinger Four, Fifteen, The Weakerthans, 88 Fingers Louie, Common Rider and the like. As far as I'm concerned, Samiam, Against All Authority, and Mustard Plug are the only good bands left on Hopeless/Sub City.

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