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dd/mm/yyyy: Black SquareBlack Square (2009)
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Reviewer Rating: 2


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A wise man once described redundant, nonsensical and altogether unnecessary information by bringing together the words "shitty" and "info," thereby birthing the term "shinfo." Toronto's dd/mm/yyyy (articulated "day-month-year") have in effect created the sonic equivalent to shinfo by stringing toget.
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A wise man once described redundant, nonsensical and altogether unnecessary information by bringing together the words "shitty" and "info," thereby birthing the term "shinfo." Toronto's dd/mm/yyyy (articulated "day-month-year") have in effect created the sonic equivalent to shinfo by stringing together 12 obnoxious combinations of shinfonious noise that don't seem to elude to anything and dubbing it Black Square.

In terms of sound, dd/mm/yyyy are all over the place, generally adhering to a spastic and angular form of post-punk, but also incorporating grainy synthesizers and other miscellaneous electronics into their songs. Technically speaking, dd/mm/yyyy is really tight, demonstrating that they're very capable players. Their songs are often technically demanding but the band seems to plow through them with relative ease (see album opener "Bronzage" and the relentless "Sirius B").

My real problem with this album is that while it has moments where the band shines and is hammering out bits of intriguing and technically impressive music, the majority of the time the songs fall flat after a high point that usually happens far too early. Most everything just seems to trail off into nothingness, rendering the initially interesting bits irritating by each song's end and leaving me unfulfilled and bored by the time the album is drawn to a close. It's a really unfortunate method for this album, because as I mentioned before, there are several points over the album that do in fact kick ass and have the potential to be a lot of fun.

Despite the majority of Black Square bottoming out, there are a couple of songs that grab my attention and get my head bobbing, namely the aforementioned "Bronzage" and "Sirius B," as well as the driving "Real Eyes." All in all there are some cool ideas on the album that, not considering context, are pulled off very well. At the end of the day, however, there are much better ways to spend 35 minutes.

 

 
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CCSummers (March 24, 2009)

blahblahblah bitchbitchbitch no one likes the music i do whinewhinewhine

SilentStorms (March 23, 2009)

That's some pretty cool cover art though.

SilentStorms (March 23, 2009)

"No, but it looks like this site is filled with a bunch of people who are selective readers and only interpret things to mean something that will allow them to respond with "fighting" words/snarky comebacks. To get it past your dense head, I will rewrite what I wrote so that you will hopefully get what I mean:

I (as in me, personally, just myself, and my opinion only) can honestly say that I listened to the new Propagahndi album, made a decision about it, and despite it getting a what -- 4.5 stars on here? -- still wasn't phased by the gushing review to make me like it.

That's my opinion, I'm assuming you disagree with it and if it gets you annoyed, well, it's the season of Lent, so your welcome to hunt me down, turn a friend against me for a bag of coins, have me carry a heavy piece of wood over my back for a couple of miles then crucify me atop a hill."

Holy shit dude, no one's crucifying you. But being all encompassing on your statements about people who visit this site is just plain ignorant. SOME people will agree with you, and SOME won't. It's called musical diversity, and there's nothing wrong with that. Score is for your rampaging.

troutfighter (March 22, 2009)

Hey, it's still less bitchy than Pitchfork.

Also, these guys were one of the first weirdo punk bands I ever saw. It was a pretty good show. No comment on any of their recordings, though.

wearestillalive (March 22, 2009)

The Internet: serious business.
Come on, though, people should stop overreacting when other people don't like the same records as them. Even a review is just one person's opinion, not an established fact.
If you liked this record so much, why didn't you review it yourself? I honestly thought this review was pretty fair and open minded. I've not actually heard the record myself, but it seems like he gave it a fair chance.

Michael_Jackson_Jordan (March 21, 2009)

No, but it looks like this site is filled with a bunch of people who are selective readers and only interpret things to mean something that will allow them to respond with "fighting" words/snarky comebacks. To get it past your dense head, I will rewrite what I wrote so that you will hopefully get what I mean:

I (as in me, personally, just myself, and my opinion only) can honestly say that I listened to the new Propagahndi album, made a decision about it, and despite it getting a what -- 4.5 stars on here? -- still wasn't phased by the gushing review to make me like it.

That's my opinion, I'm assuming you disagree with it and if it gets you annoyed, well, it's the season of Lent, so your welcome to hunt me down, turn a friend against me for a bag of coins, have me carry a heavy piece of wood over my back for a couple of miles then crucify me atop a hill.

FaceOnTheBarroomFloor (March 21, 2009)

You mean, you could say "no one likes the new Propagandhi album"? Try saying it. The results will be hilarious.

Michael_Jackson_Jordan (March 21, 2009)

Funny, I could say the same about that new Propagahndi album...

oskorei (March 21, 2009)

these review's get "written, then written off" because no one likes crap like this.

Michael_Jackson_Jordan (March 21, 2009)

Hey inagreendase, looking back at the gushing reviews you mentioned, yes you've done so and that is great. My comment wasn't so much an attack on the actual writers/editors of this site, but the readers and commenters on here who respond to them. However I do feel like the site as a whole doesn't always giving those bands the proper attention they deserve. It's almost like those reviews get written, then written off because the demographic doesn't want to hear about them. The review above makes some valid points, not all that I agree with, but agree to disagree. I think the album has the ability to be one that sounds better in retrospect, much like Liars' "They Wrong So We Drowned" is despite being panned for the most part upon it's initial release.

juliestevenson23 (March 21, 2009)

I definitely enjoy these dudes. Solid album.

xote (March 21, 2009)

I enjoy these guys. The review didn't let you know what they sounded like at all though...

inagreendase (March 20, 2009)

Michael Jackson Jordan -- we've given pretty gushing reviews to every band you mentioned, you know. I'm talking about Liars / Blood Brothers / Animal Collective.

Michael_Jackson_Jordan (March 20, 2009)

I meant to give the album an 8 out of 10, thinking at first the scale was rating it at a 4 out of 5 when I hit post.

Michael_Jackson_Jordan (March 20, 2009)

Haha of course this site didn't like this album. It only goes to show how one-dimensional the site as a whole is because it constantly parades the "awesome small melodic punk band gets 5 stars but oh wait they're about to blow up so now everybody needs to hate them in two months!" banner (*cough*Alkaline Trio and Lawrence Arms in 2000*cough*Against Me! in 2002*cough*The Gaslight Anthem in 2008*cough*) while pretending to be a site that thinks outside of the usual punk rock box but then tries and has no idea what it's talking about. Well, this is no surprise that you've given this album barely any score at all because you're clearly inept at understanding artsier forms of punk that incorporate more than just power chord riffs into their songs and uses styles of tribal beats,

dd/mm/yyyy remind me a lot of their contemporaries Abe Vigoda, so it goes without saying that their style reflects much of the sound being made in the current LA and Brooklyn scenes that's derivative of Liars and Animal Collective. I'd even say there's hints of Blood Brothers "Burn Piano Island, Burn" in there, too. It's not for everyone, but if you enjoy artsier noise punk, you'll find this album to be very rewarding and worthy of many listens.

NewKid (March 20, 2009)

Score is for the shinfo reference.

Eric

Trauma16 (March 20, 2009)

One of the few bands I have ever walked out on. Absolutely horrible.

salsashark (March 20, 2009)

Worst band name.

chickswithdicks (March 20, 2009)

terrible.

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