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Red Tape Parade - The Floor (Cover Artwork)

Red Tape Parade

Red Tape Parade: The FloorThe Floor (2009)
Europe

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: mikexdudemikexdude
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In retrospect, Red Tape Parade's debut, Ballads of the Flexible Bullet had its Chuck Taylors in an unfocused and uneconomical bear trap; individually, the songs were great, but collectively, they took the Chevy Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for a lengthy joy ride. The Floor finds the band climbing o.
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In retrospect, Red Tape Parade's debut, Ballads of the Flexible Bullet had its Chuck Taylors in an unfocused and uneconomical bear trap; individually, the songs were great, but collectively, they took the Chevy Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for a lengthy joy ride. The Floor finds the band climbing out of the pitfalls dug by the aforementioned debut and stabilizing their sound -- a sound that nearly forgets hardcore for enormous choruses and rich, layered harmonies.

With dueling, arpeggiated acoustic and clean guitars, and thoughtful, apocalyptic lyrics, the 50-second "First Thing That Comes to Mind" introduces the EP quietly before segueing into the drop D riffing of "Less Van Damme More Darby Crash." The anti-straight-edge anthem is fast, but the nod is directed more at straight-up, melodic punk than hardcore; unlike Ballads of the Flexible Bullet, Wauz recognizes his niche in snotty, dynamic singing -- so, no, there is no screaming. And while the lyrics aren't exactly Vonnegut, the execution oozes conviction. Oh, and those backup vocals? I really didn't want to use "enormous" twice in one review, but they're enormous (wait, that's three...); imagine, if you will, The Art of Drowning's "whoa-oh"s cranked to 11 -- just listen to "I Am Nero You Are Rome."

Yes, the cover is familiar; revamped with various books, hardcore memorabilia and knick-knacks, Red Tape Parade still includes the eye-catching lay, sunglasses and Coke bottle (to name a few). If the Dag Nasty love wasn't enough, The Floor includes guest spots by Peter Cortner on "Coffein" and the pseudonym "Dale Nixon" on bass.

As cool as it is to have Cortner on there, his voice isn't as substantial as Wauz and the shift feels pretty awkward the first time around. Also, the band has acquired a new guitarist since Ballads, and it's a bit disappointing that they're seemingly sacrificing technicality for melody.

Despite all of that, the score's for refining a sound, enticing the listener to sing along, and great playability. If a followup is somewhere in the future, I'm surely paying attention.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Dante3000 (May 27, 2009)

I don't leave home without it.
-Dante

mattramone (May 27, 2009)

Only if you bring the crab cheese dip.

Dante3000 (May 27, 2009)

Will this interfere with the underwear dance party I'm throwing in your honor, Danteover9000?

Is this a fat joke? If so, is there still a party? Can I come?
-Dante

mattramone (May 27, 2009)

Will this interfere with the underwear dance party I'm throwing in your honor, Danteover9000?

Dante3000 (May 27, 2009)

Meet me outside.

Woohoo! Makeout party!
-Dante

inagreendase (May 27, 2009)

Damnit, that was supposed to be a line break.

mikexdude (May 27, 2009)

Now maybe MikeXdouche can quit crying in his yoo-hoo about "why isn't my review posted?"
-Dante


Meet me outside.

android (May 27, 2009)

"wow. worst release of the year."

no. we plan to release a new album later this year. this will be even worse.
sorry, buddy.

eazyd2 (May 27, 2009)

wow. worst release of the year.

Dante3000 (May 27, 2009)

Now maybe MikeXdouche can quit crying in his yoo-hoo about "why isn't my review posted?"
-Dante

android (May 27, 2009)

I love Kurt Vonnegut.

mattramone (May 27, 2009)

I heard a lot of Good Riddance in this. That is always a good thing.

SloaneDaley (May 27, 2009)

great record, Dag Nasty wut wut!

mikexdude (May 26, 2009)

arpeggiated Yes,

Top notch editing

Kidding... : (

mikexdude (May 26, 2009)

Needs moar alliteration.

inagreendase (May 26, 2009)

Your mom is supposed to be a 7/10. mk up yr mnd.

mikexdude (May 26, 2009)

This score was supposed to be a 7/10

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