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Paint It Black - Surrender [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

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Paint It Black: Surrender [7 inch]Surrender [7 inch] (2009)
Fat Wreck Chords

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Folks, I am full-on crushing on Dr. Daniel Mathias Jebediah Yemin. Obviously, living so close to Philadelphia means he's always been a punk icon for me, but right now, I'm in the middle of Yem-love. Dude's original main squeeze, Lifetime, is opening for the Bouncing Souls this Sunday [review obvious.
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Folks, I am full-on crushing on Dr. Daniel Mathias Jebediah Yemin. Obviously, living so close to Philadelphia means he's always been a punk icon for me, but right now, I'm in the middle of Yem-love. Dude's original main squeeze, Lifetime, is opening for the Bouncing Souls this Sunday [review obviously submitted few days before--ed.]. I just listened to the entire Kid Dynamite / Armalite discography in like 23 seconds. Seriously, those songs are so awesomely short. And his other, other, other band, Paint It Black, is following up New Lexicon, the best hardcore record of 2008, with a pair of seven-inches/digital downloads. The first one, Amnesia, came out last June on Bridge Nine Records, while a second one, Surrender, dropped this [last--ed.] week on Fat Wreck Chords.

Amnesia cycles through five songs in less than 10 minutes. Surrender does four in less than seven. It's a little retro for the band by default, since it lacks Lexicon's experimental hip-hop/electronic edges. But given that the seven-inch idea was meant to honor hardcore's past, retro is fitting. Opener "Sacred" is the closest the band has come to writing a Kid Dynamite-style song, featuring fast-as-frick hardcore/punk with a bit of melody, plus a bass solo to break things up a bit.

But any possibility that Surrender was tailor-made to feature poppier tunes for Fat Wreck is quickly dispelled by the other A-side song, "Worms." It starts out fast and fuming before settling into a slower, more deliberate form of aggression. The band goes into the penultimate cut time, as Yemin foams like a mad dog while the rest of the band issues discordant blasts from their instruments on the downbeat. Things eventually shift back into a standard hardcore beat, but the whole song is so primal and powerful that it's easily my favorite track on the EP.

The B-side switches gears again, as the 46-second "Cipher" amps the BPMs back up. Paint It Black has always venerated hardcore's roots while simultaneously adding forward-thinking elements musically, and that applies to Surrender's lyrics as well. "Sacred" skips nostalgia to focus on how far the narrator has come since his self-destructive days of youth, and "Cipher" takes a similar stance against the way things used to be, decrying "Fraudulent allegiances, cheap facades / Our father's flags, our mother's gods" before warning the old guard, "This could be the dawn of a brand new day / So get out of our way."

The title track ties the past ("No more shame for what's underneath my skin / No more nostalgia for the face I wore when I was young"), present ("We try to decipher the truth from the lie / There were bolder lines in those analog times"), and future ("And I think I know what you're wishing / So I'm renewing my vows / No more giving up, no more giving in") together into a mantra self-determination. "Surrender" is about anything but.

Surrender brings PiB's 2009 track count up to nine, almost a full-length's worth. While Surrender and Amnesia were conceived from a place of modesty -- "We can't think of a single hardcore punk band that has released more than three awesome full-length records, and we're not nearly arrogant enough to imagine that we'll be the first band to make that happen," quoth the members -- it's clear that Paint It Black is still one of the strongest, boldest hardcore bands out there today.

And they copy the Smiths' billing ("Dan Yemin: Voice, Andy Nelson: The Bass Guitar," and so on and so forth) in the liner notes, which I totally geeked out over.

 

 
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arejaypunx (October 22, 2010)

Really solid EP by a fuckin' excellent band. Probably beats the other EP, IMO.

VictimOfADriveBy (November 15, 2009)

Epic EP! The better of the two EP's and their best material yet

magic-pig_detective (September 4, 2009)

score is for the smiths reference on sacred

telegraphrocks (September 4, 2009)

I actually think this is equal to Amnesia.

"Worms" is one of the best songs Yemin's ever contributed to.

shark-e (September 4, 2009)

Hey look, I'm everyone who didn't point out that the title track is fucking phenomenal. I don't get things.

raveneffect (August 29, 2009)

Good EP,but I think Amnesia was better.

danpib08 (August 27, 2009)

I love this band with all my heart but I am just not into either one of the 7's, I have listened to them multiple times and Homesick is the only song that grabs me on either one.

HumanUnkind (August 25, 2009)

"Just another chapter in the Yemin Can Do No Wrong story."

This. I nearly puked listening to worms due to how awesome Worms is. Whole thing rips.

onegirlarmy (August 25, 2009)

Aren't you supposed to be dead?

Fucked up

mikexdude (August 25, 2009)

Colin's comment is 100% on why Amnesia is better.

That said, this is a 6/10, Amnesia is a 7/10.

24hourpriapism (August 25, 2009)

that can't be dan yemin's full name. just because he's based out of PA, dude's not fucking amish.

hobbzoid (August 25, 2009)

Wishing there was something like "Bliss" on this release. That was the game-changer for me.... I need more tempo changeups. The vinyl is real pretty though... Great cover art for both releases.

colin (August 25, 2009)

amnesia was way better. this is just, "well. sounds like paint it black." not that it's a bad thing at all. amnesia just was a bit more on the adventurous side.

kylewagoner (August 25, 2009)

I really need a 7" player....and poor Thorns of Life guy..

R3vengeTherapy (August 25, 2009)

Looove that artwork. Such a cool photo.

Oh, and yeah, not as good as Amnesia blah blah blah.

MrStylson (August 25, 2009)

Just another chapter in the Yemin Can Do No Wrong story.

MN_punkmaster-skaman (August 25, 2009)

Both 7" by these guys this summer are amazing.

preston (August 25, 2009)

I agree with everyone. Not as good as Amnesia. But good. So I have nothing new to add. Hi.

SloaneDaley (August 25, 2009)

need this record but I doubt I will like it as much as Amnesia, which is their best work in my opinion.

usversusthem (August 25, 2009)

This is almost as good as Amnesia. Which is impressive in and of itself. Worms totally destroys.

Blackjaw_ (August 25, 2009)

Boo hiss

jamespastepunk (August 25, 2009)

Scared is the best song out of this session, in my opinion and dwarfs the next three songs on here...

thornsoflife (August 25, 2009)

I am keeping the dream alive.

TheMike (August 25, 2009)

Aren't you supposed to be dead?

thornsoflife (August 25, 2009)

this is better than amnesia

THAT'S RIGHT I SAID IT.

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