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Unwelcome Guests / Orphan Choir - Split [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

Unwelcome Guests / Orphan Choir

Unwelcome Guests / Orphan Choir: Split [7 inch]Split [7 inch] (2008)
Salinas

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Unwelcome Guests provide two contrasting expressions on Side A, which you can tell from the song titles: "I Wanna Be Inspired" and "I Wanna Get Drunk Tonight," both of which elaborately describe the wishes of each respective track. Musically, they're not an easy band to pin down; with the former son.


Unwelcome Guests provide two contrasting expressions on Side A, which you can tell from the song titles: "I Wanna Be Inspired" and "I Wanna Get Drunk Tonight," both of which elaborately describe the wishes of each respective track. Musically, they're not an easy band to pin down; with the former song, I get a bit of a mid-era Weakerthans vibe with a touch of Americana and a pinch of Plan-It-X playfulness. But the next song is a little more bash 'n play and reminds me of the Replacements; looking elsewhere, that's definitely a comparison the band has fallen in with. Pretty good stuff overall.

Orphan Choir provide one longer epic song in "Burning Ash Again." They're a little more languid, but in a good way. This is a well-constructed, multi-part song that cuts through with a harmonica bridge helping to build up for its emotional, wistful end; the lines of "Whether you're lying on your back / or standing ten feet tall, / it follows you 'til you face it. / Night comes for us all" don''t quite explode like they ought to, but it's damn close. I'd place them somewhere between the shattered-vocal, punk reservations of Leatherface/Jawbreaker and the Americana-tinged Attack in Black. Another description has them as "Bruce Springstreen fronting the Constantines." I guess either of those give you a pretty good idea of the goings-on.

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Unwelcome Guests - I Wanna Get Drunk Tonight
Orphan Choir - Burning Ash Again

 

 
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SloaneDaley (January 11, 2009)

seen orphan choir live a few times and there was always something that kept me from checking out their records, maybe how the vocals came off live? this has a point.

maxethunders (January 9, 2009)

I connect a lot with Unwelcome Guests song material they're a great band if you didn't know.

blanktapesemptybottles (January 9, 2009)

I found Orphan Choir before and liked them, but none of their releases were available at the time...

thelukearms (January 9, 2009)

Orphan Choir are very hit or miss but when they get it right. Fucking ace!

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