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Kill Your Idols

Kill Your Idols: Something Started HereSomething Started Here (2007)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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So many B-sides and rarities compilation arrive in the middle of a band's career, and if the band is a great one, the album itself tends to consequently be pretty good, in the least. But all too often it's also rendered incomplete months later by a new recorded track that makes it onto a 7" or compi.
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So many B-sides and rarities compilation arrive in the middle of a band's career, and if the band is a great one, the album itself tends to consequently be pretty good, in the least. But all too often it's also rendered incomplete months later by a new recorded track that makes it onto a 7" or compilation or what have you. Luckily, the wise, brash men of Kill Your Idols held off until their break-up to unleash their own 38-song monster of a comp1: Something Started Here, which collects the band's rare and out of print material and stands as a wonderful retrospective of the recently departed Long Island hardcore act.

If Kill Your Idols had any merited criticisms, perhaps it would lie with many of their songs often sounding similar, which made for monotonous sections of their various releases. It's a more than pleasant surprise, then, that Something Started Here is stunningly versatile -- sure, it spans the band's 12-year existence, but the band largely evolved smartly and subtly through their lifetimes. Even within individual blocks of studio sessions the songs are relatively different in style, and that's a beautiful assistant in keeping a set of 38 songs fresh and enjoyable.

Standouts abound here. Opener "Can't Take My Pride," taken from an early Blackout! Records compilation, Our Own Way, is known for being one of the band's choice songs, marked with an urgent, sudden burst of its chorus -- "What I've Become," which comes much later at Track 37, works in the same regards. Then there's the vaguely NOFX-ish "Again," from the 1999 edition of Victory Records' Only the Strong series. "Empty Room," from the split with Nerve Agents, is one of the more dynamic numbers. The Good Riddance split offers (amongst two others) "I Told You So," which actually rings with an unusual sentimentality and superb, emotional bridge. Tommy Corrigan, formerly of Silent Majority and Blood Red and currently of Capital, lends a spicy vocal appearance on the swiftly executed "Dagger."

There's also quite a number of covers here: Negative Approach (2), S.O.A., Slapshot, Scandal, Voorhees, Sheer Terror (2), Jawbreaker, the Exploited and Breakdown. The standouts of these include "Lost in Space" (S.O.A.), the beautiful retro tinge of "Can't Tell No One" (Negative Approach), and obviously "Do You Still Hate Me?" (duh), where frontman Andy West actually reels in his trademark bark to try and gravelly sing the lines -- he definitely sounds like a mess, but it somehow works.

An hour-plus of no-frills, barked hardcore might sound monotonous on paper, but Kill Your Idols step up to challenge that very notion with a very good, career-closing set.

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1 - A 12-song, self-titled compilation with the similar intents of collecting "previously released and out of print material" was released in 2002 on Grapes of Wrath, however, as an import.

 

 
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mclz (June 21, 2007)

amazing collection
everyone get it

skolarx (June 20, 2007)

i saw these guys like 5 times, never did much for me and then suddenly at one of the shows it clicked and i loved it. unfortunately i don't think they played more than one or 2 more times in detroit after that.

added bonus i once got to see them with atom and his package in the shelter the night that the floor broke from unwritten law fans jumping up and down on it. scariest show i've ever been to (sick of it all and cold as life was a close second, but for very different reasons)

Anonymous (June 18, 2007)

Scores for harvard style quoting and Kill Your Idols.

monkeyfracas (June 17, 2007)

Words can't describe how much I love this band (I was stupid enough to get their skull tattooed on me). Anyone else who pre-ordered the 7-inch box set from get outta town records not get it yet?

Anonymous (June 16, 2007)

ken, i always felt KYI to be much closer to charles bronson than the casualties

jt (June 16, 2007)

KYI is awesome. I'm hoping for a reunion tour

Anonymous (June 15, 2007)

"This band covers a Voorhees song? I've been avoiding this band for like 10 years thinking they were bullshit casualties-core and they cover fucking Voorhees? Man, I blew it. I'll check them out now.

-Ken"

they did a split with voorhees

Anonymous (June 15, 2007)

This band covers a Voorhees song? I've been avoiding this band for like 10 years thinking they were bullshit casualties-core and they cover fucking Voorhees? Man, I blew it. I'll check them out now.

-Ken

Anonymous (June 15, 2007)

Such a lengendary band, and they play their last ever show in a parking lot. Thats fucking awesome!

ashtraymonument (June 15, 2007)

i got The Skinnier Years and Henry Fiat's Open Sore for free when i subscribed to AMP, then the mag went down the gutter.i love this band

asxyouxwish (June 15, 2007)

on a scale of no bandanas to one bandana, this album scores one bandana.

remainsunseen (June 15, 2007)

this deserves a full score, if you got the 7" box set you would see how great the set is itself.

Anonymous (June 15, 2007)

Please don't compare KYI to shitty pop punk. Thanks.

etwiels88 (June 15, 2007)

RIP KYI. Scores for the last show.

johnnydanger (June 15, 2007)

best band ever, miss em

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