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Benard / Worn in Red - Split [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

Benard / Worn in Red

Benard / Worn in Red: Split [7 inch]Split [7 inch] (2008)
Alaska / No Brakes

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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The first time I reviewed Benard, not too many people cared. The second time I reviewed them, even less people cared, but those who did sorta flipped out and said I didn't know anything about music because I made a few Cursive and At the Drive-In comparisons. That's probably true to some extent, but.


The first time I reviewed Benard, not too many people cared. The second time I reviewed them, even less people cared, but those who did sorta flipped out and said I didn't know anything about music because I made a few Cursive and At the Drive-In comparisons. That's probably true to some extent, but almost two years after that second review, here we go again.

I still have those releases sitting in a pile of un-alphabetized CD-Rs, and haven't listened to them in quite a bit. But if I remember correctly, Benard seem to be more caustic and noisy this time around. It's the sort of raucous, driving and searing post-hardcore you can tell Drive Like Jehu had a hand in influencing. Each line is spitfired through the ruckus, from the hard-to-construe "Medieval Knieval" to "A Prostitute That Caters Exclusively to Clowns," the latter of which seems to provide some targeted commentary on "selling out." Granted, I could be "wrong." Again. Anyway, it's definitely up there with the standouts from their self-titled full-length release, and probably even better.

Worn in Red only get one shot at making their mark here, but oh man. I've been hearing good things about these guys for a long time, but I would have checked them out way sooner if I thought all their songs were as good as this. The super epic "Vital Joys" spans close to six minutes and features gravelly screamed/shouted vocals that, for me, bring to mind Glass and Ashes, but it's spread across a lively, ragged base that sounds like a more distortion-thick Funeral Diner splashing in punkier waters. It's a pretty conscious song about redefining oneself, too. The song's already over a year old, but it sounds fresh to me.

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Benard - Medieval Knievel

 

 
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SilentStorms (December 13, 2008)

I listened to both these bands based on this review and I thought meh.

wannabepunktony (December 10, 2008)

We struck a deal with Zac of Alaska Records and Benard and you can pick up this 7" along with another random 7" (picked by us), all for $2.25 shipping. All orders also are entered into a contest to win a test pressing of this 7", autographed by both bands along with a special one-of-a-kind cover put together by Zac.

Check it out here:

http://www.nerdalertrecords.com/catalog/index.php?manufa cturers_id=150

Even if you don't wanna buy it, check both bands' MySpace pages to hear these tracks, they are actually really, really good.

Xote (December 10, 2008)

Both bands are great. Need to hear this.

yaa (December 10, 2008)

seconded

jbt (December 9, 2008)

Benard is great. why no one knows them is a mystery.

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