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By Surprise / Hightide Hotel - Split [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

By Surprise / Hightide Hotel

By Surprise / Hightide Hotel: Split [7 inch]Split [7 inch] (2009)
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Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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By Surprise and Hightide Hotel have yelpy '90s emo down pat here. Y'know all those hero worship acts that are starting to sprout up here and there in Pennsylvania? These are probably two good examples and fans of throwback emo would do fairly well to hear 'em. By Surprise get a trio of tracks on .
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By Surprise and Hightide Hotel have yelpy '90s emo down pat here. Y'know all those hero worship acts that are starting to sprout up here and there in Pennsylvania? These are probably two good examples and fans of throwback emo would do fairly well to hear 'em.

By Surprise get a trio of tracks on the A side. "Invisible Ink" starts off with a funky riff before delving into a more expansive, instrumental take on the really raw, early Get Up Kids stuff, while closer "CB Radio" is a multi-tracked vocal shout-along, like a rougher-around-the-edges Piebald. The raw-ness and honesty of the digital-only "I Miss You, Etc." gets to be a bit too much, though.

Hightide Hotel kinda traverse similar ground on Side B. Operating on the American Football tip for "Elementary Biology," they're slower and have wistful gang vocals here; the way it weaves through its course you'd think you stumbled upon an old Look Mexico B-side. "Shuttle" is pretty strong too, staking out the ground between 30 Everywhere and Nothing Feels Good, but the digital-only "Apartment Buildings" attempts bustling, fussy dynamics that seem to fall short of intentions.

Still, all told, not a bad 7".

STREAM
By Surprise - Invisible Ink
By Surprise - CB Radio
By Surprise - I Miss You, Etc.

Hightide Hotel - Shuttle
Hightide Hotel - Elementary Biology

 

 
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nocigar (November 2, 2009)

oh yea, score is for Porch Luck.

the songs on this are awesome too, especially "Elementary Biology".

nocigar (November 2, 2009)

hightide hotel is awesome. i tried to write a review for Porch Luck but it ended up sucking (the review). no surprise there.

veryEmergency (October 30, 2009)

awesome. awesome. awesome.

averybadjoke (October 30, 2009)

I went to high school with Hightide Hotel's drummer. Great guy.

Blackjaw_ (October 30, 2009)

Good bands.

insidejoke2 (October 30, 2009)

i really like the Hightide hotel song "Shuttle"
its definitely reflective of the influences, but isn't too carbon-copied

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