Said Radio - Tidal Waves and Teeth (Cover Artwork)

Said Radio

Said Radio: Tidal Waves and TeethTidal Waves and Teeth (2007)
Mankind Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: mikexdudemikexdude
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Said Radio is the highly anticipated product of one of the Bay Area favorites, Eric Ozenne. For lack of a better word, Said Radio is a "supergroup" of his own former bands, along with Dante Sigona (ex-Nerve Agents), Gary Gutfeld (ex-Redemption 87), and the help of two others including Anthony Anzald.
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Said Radio is the highly anticipated product of one of the Bay Area favorites, Eric Ozenne. For lack of a better word, Said Radio is a "supergroup" of his own former bands, along with Dante Sigona (ex-Nerve Agents), Gary Gutfeld (ex-Redemption 87), and the help of two others including Anthony Anzaldo (Ceremony).

Besides the familiar psychotic yelling of Eric Ozenne, Said Radio is fresh and picks up in a completely different spot then what the Nerve Agents let us off at six or so years ago. Instrumentally, we have Dante and Anthony creating a unique contrast of sound: Anthony riffing on power chords while Dante, with minimal distortion and lots of flanger effects, creates counter leads that compliment the songs quite nicely. Gary adds to the mix by contributing tight, driving beats. High points include "The Killer (Mara)," "Roses," and "Anchor."

This release has more of an honest, dark feeling than the Nerve Agents ever had, but it's to be expected with Dante in the band. Yet, despite that, the lyrics are surprisingly uplifting ("Roses," "Cue the Crickets") and seem to to be about topics that are close to Eric Ozenne's heart ("Tidal Wave and Teeth"). Occasionally, Eric will stop his yelling to give an intense rant over the instruments, which is quite chilling to see live.

With all of that said, I move to the negative aspects of Tidal Waves and Teeth. In some parts of songs you start to see the same formula repeated, such as Eric's ranting. Also, the intro song (as good as the lyrics are) could have been left off the disc and it wouldn't have made much of a difference.

From Unit Pride to Said Radio, I can safely say this is Eric Ozenne's most unique and promising band to date. This is how all debut releases should be.


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FranktheFrank (June 12, 2008)

This band in utterly mind-blowing!

CouchSlouch (June 10, 2008)

This is a band that can only be judged by their live performance. Awesome live band.

onegirlarmy (September 6, 2007)

i don't know how they found time to put so much effort into that artwork.


All kidding aside though, I really dig this record. I always liked the Nerve Agents' vocals so it's good to see the guy doing something again. Awesome band.

elephantdwarf (September 6, 2007)

i don't know how they found time to put so much effort into that artwork.

LetTheDayBegin (September 5, 2007)

I can see why people wouldn't like these guys. Though, I find it a little too early to say you hate them. Ceremony is great live, and Anthony's hair is awesome.

eyeslikebombs (September 5, 2007)

Oh, I also saw them right after Shipwreck (AD?), Ceremony and before Blacklisted, so maybe they weren't all that bad, but certainly not as exciting as the guys they were hanging out with.

eyeslikebombs (September 5, 2007)

Sorry, I hated this band. I understand their pedigree and I'm a big fan of non two-step hardcore but they just didn't do anything for me.

The highlight of their set was seeing that guy from Ceremony's AWESOME hair flowing around on stage. I'm trying to get my band's bassist to get some hair like that.

BrandonSideleau (September 5, 2007)

I like it......a lot. It is slightly more melodic than the Nerve Agents, but in this case that is actually a good thing. There are some moments (especially on "Cue The Crickets") that almost have a "Revolution Summer" vibe to them (by which I mean the sound is angry and intense, yet not without a sweet dose of melody and emotion thrown in).

LetTheDayBegin (September 4, 2007)

PJZ, amen. They put on a very unique show. Eric Ozenne hanging from the ceiling is pretty entertaining.

theyounginfluential (September 4, 2007)

i am so comfortable with eric ozenne's voice

Amazingthemike (September 4, 2007)

Is this out now? If so, I need to pick it up.

DrGunn (September 4, 2007)

it makes sense. i think it's nice to see that continued progression, i remember right before NA broke up i was thinking how much they had improved over time and how i couldn't wait to hear what they would do next....

PJZ (September 4, 2007)

they were so fucking good live, holy shit...

LetTheDayBegin (September 4, 2007)

DrGunn, I was listening to the Nerve Agents today, and yeah, I agree with you. There are a lot more similarities than I thought at the time of writing the review. But hearing the Nerve Agent's first release sounding extremely close to Redemption 87's material, Said Radio doesn't seem to come as close as that to the Nerve Agent's music. If that makes any sense.

DrGunn (September 4, 2007)

i still haven't listened to this enough to form a concrete opinion, but thus far i'm enjoying it.

i disagree with the reviewer on one point, i think this very much does pick up where the nerve agents left off. not to say that it's just like NA, but it sort of continues the progression they were on, which is 80s youth crew hardcore utlizing more unconventional song structures and discordant (ie "creepy") guitar work.

Dante3000 (September 4, 2007)

G'ard damnit I forgot all about this band in the recent shuffle. Luckily I just put an $11.27 paypal credit to good use and ordered this.
Totally missed their shows...Lame.

Ollywood (September 4, 2007)

Haven't heard this yet. Not seeing the Nerve Agents has been one of my biggest regrets especially since they played in my town a month before they announced their break up and I didn't go thinking they'd stay around. Score is for Nerve Agents.

Toxic_Toast (September 4, 2007)

Extremely promising record.

Can't wait for more.

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