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Joie de Vivre

Joie de Vivre: Summer MonthsSummer Months (2009)
Count Your Lucky Stars

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The Count Your Lucky Stars label seems to seek out bands that specialize in any of the several varieties of `90s emo, and Joie de Vivre is one such band they've found. Summer Months harkens back to the mid-1990s, just after Diary dropped and when Sunny Day Real Estate inspired a whole legion of f.
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The Count Your Lucky Stars label seems to seek out bands that specialize in any of the several varieties of `90s emo, and Joie de Vivre is one such band they've found.

Summer Months harkens back to the mid-1990s, just after Diary dropped and when Sunny Day Real Estate inspired a whole legion of followers. The half-hour-long EP is heavily indebted to Christie Front Drive and Mineral, with an especially modest recording that could certainly fool anyone into thinking it was an unearthed gem from that time. Unlike those bands, however, there's a little more vocal dependency, with none of the instrumental passages as long as either of those bands tended to let linger.

With a heavy use of "I" and lots of personal sentiments staining the lyrics, the subject matter always matches the precocious feel. "I still don't feel inspired enough to change," their singer admits in "Sundays," with his voice eventually giving into the rising tension and cracking.

The Midwestern band weave the tapestry of Summer Months maybe a bit too linearly, as all seven songs do blend together a little too much. There's a certain hum that runs through all the songs and the only real dynamism comes when their singer hits his emotional peaks, which is especially consistent among the EP's middle tracks.

Still, Summer Months is a delicately pleasant and promising debut, with the band's next effort, The North End, sure to be an improvement and hopeful expansion on their sound.

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themagnetc (February 18, 2010)

so fucking good. i can't wait to see the review for the north end. it takes a bit of adjusting but i love it so much!

plagues (July 12, 2009)

Absolutely love this album

Blackjaw_x (May 19, 2009)

Listened to half of one song so far on the myspace... this sounds hella awesome. Thanks for the heads up.

icapped2pac (May 19, 2009)

Very stoked to see this get reviewed here after buying this about 6 weeks ago and liking it quite a bit. They really do remind me of all the stuff I loved back in college (and continue to love) like the bands mentioned. I would also say the vocals sound like a perfect mix of dude from Mineral and dude from Benton Falls, which is another plus in my book.

"Local Local" is probably my favorite jam off of this, and I can't wait to hear some new stuff.

killthepatriarch (May 19, 2009)

Score is for all the awesome nineties emo(core) bands who influenced this band somehow.

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