Lipona - Pigeonholed (Cover Artwork)


Lipona: PigeonholedPigeonholed (2009)

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Lipona's newest release further makes slight modifications on their revivalist EpiFat take. What's new here? Well, maybe not entirely much besides a steadily bulkier sound and a forbidden-beat charge that stays pretty fresh throughout these five tracks. Pigeonholed occasionally tries to question .
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Lipona's newest release further makes slight modifications on their revivalist EpiFat take. What's new here? Well, maybe not entirely much besides a steadily bulkier sound and a forbidden-beat charge that stays pretty fresh throughout these five tracks.

Pigeonholed occasionally tries to question its title's forecast, though its greatest effort comes right away with an ambient, layered riff that loftily tries to establish a curiously dark yet hopeful mood. Opener "Beginning the Dynamite Era" lets 20 seconds of that saunter through before lighting the figurative blasting cap with a modest drum roll. The band then launch into an urgent style of slightly technical skatepunk anchored by solid, understated melodies and smooth, semi-deep vocals; this band clearly found the halfway point between A Wilhelm Scream's brute force and the Swellers' glossier veneer, and are doing it pretty well at that.

"Tragedy of the Commons" follows with some fist-pumping gang shouts in the background and predictably exigent energy restrained by slower but versatile vocals. The acoustic "Shooty Hoops" is all about playing music with integrity and all that jazz. It's not too preachy, though, and sounds more honest than anything.

This is a very tight and promising chapter in Lipona's chronology, and hopefully the one that garners them a little more attention as they continue to develop into a well-rounded and pleasantly melodic bunch. (And at the very least, it's worth the cost of admission and then some.)

Pigeonholed EP

Beginning the Dynamite Era
Tragedy of the Commons


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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.
DickWhittacker (June 23, 2012)

I love this album and the next one is coming out soon. I cant wait for something new from them.

bearchuck (December 3, 2009)

"If this band doesn't want criticism, they shouldn't ask this website for it."

They did want criticism. That's why the record was sent to PN.org for review. And expressing your opinion about the EP and the band's live show is perfectly fine. You're entitled to that. In fact, it's what I like best about the comments; it allows people to strike up some really interesting conversations. There are no right or wrong opinions here.

However, don't tell me how I - or any of the other commenters, for that matter - should feel about Lipona. And don't assert that Brian should not praise the band because you feel they shouldn't be praised. This website is great for a lot of reasons, but I love how there is a wide array of coverage from a lot of unique voices, yet it's all filtered through a generally positive punk rock lens. You need to learn to be okay with the fact that not everyone shares your feelings about Lipona.

I'd also like to restate that the idea that there is only one band in the world who is deserving of this style of music is so fucking out of this universe that I just saw a magical space unicorn pass by my window.

insidejoke2 (December 3, 2009)

this album is great!
IMO when a band puts something out themselves they should be commended, and when it's something this good, it just gives hope to where they can go from there.

AskedForIt (December 3, 2009)

"And I'm not in a band"

No surprise there.

This is a solid release, pure and simple.

AshesInArlington (December 2, 2009)

Wow. It was easy to get reactions. If this band doesn't want criticism, they shouldn't ask this website for it. And I'm not in a band.

bearchuck (December 2, 2009)

Ridiculous comment(s) of the day undoubtedly goes to AshesInArlington for the following:

"probably the only band that deserves to play this style of music after the Clinton era"


"But punknews.org shouldn't venerate them, and neither should you."

Seriously, if you could make a list of bands that I should venerate, I'd appreciate it. I'd also love a list of various genres and the corresponding artists that deserve to be playing those styles of music.

In fact, let me just send you my iTunes library and you can go ahead and delete all the bands who suck live. Except of course any band preceding Clinton's eight years in office.

jklein (December 2, 2009)

Great record. I've been following these guys since Urbi Et Orbi and it's been great to see their growth through the years, every release seems to top the other one. Ashesinarlington, I take it your ID refers to the band Ashes in Arlington from Gainesville? If so, that band fucking sucks and you should be in no position to criticize these guys.

Alien (December 2, 2009)

This is good stuff. I was a fan of their last full length, and really like this ep. can't wait to hear more.
and it's free so go download it.

friokir (December 2, 2009)

good stuff. and, ashesinarlington, you're quite a douche, aren't you?

LooseKanonYankee (December 2, 2009)

killer release, definately a step up from the last one

nick_s (December 2, 2009)

This is such a strong EP, it does have that Epifat sound but does enough to keep it from being derivitive and keep it fresh.

crashtester (December 2, 2009)

Ive been listening to this at least once a week since I downloaded it when it came out, a huge step up from Atlas and the production is a huge step up aswell.

AshesInArlington (December 2, 2009)

Tallahassee isn't exactly the best place to try and establish/promote a punk band. The scene is flooded with college bands. The college bands in Tallahassee aren't trying to push boundaries. On the contrary, they mostly imitate 311 and DMB in an attempt to sell out Floyd's Music Store (where Creed became popular). There are certain venues that cater to the demands of independent music. Beta Bar brings in good touring bands and has enough square footage to accommodate large crowds. They also accommodate to local acts (that don't suck). So indie/punk bands have a safe haven in Tally.
Although they are the minority in their music scene . . . I have an open and notorious problem with Lipona. My problem is their live show. I've only seen one of Lipona's live shows. But after that show, I can say that my distaste for the band is well reasoned and cuts the muster.
The singer sounded like it is his first time singing. Every syllable of every word came through the microphone and into the audience out of tune. There is a certain percentage of blame in a bad performance that a traveling musician can apportion to the sound technicians, but Lipona's performance foreclosed the band from blaming the vocal issues on the house. The band, however, is halfway tight in terms of timing and keeping melodies understandable to the listener.
Pigeonholed isn't a bad album. The songs are structured and direct. You can tell that the band played from the heart and didn't over produce the album with protools, which is way to common and easy.
I despise the comparison to A Wilhelm Scream in the parent review above. I also believe that if AWS, probably the only band that deserves to play this style of music after the Clinton era, heard this album and read this review, they would be disappointed in their comparison to Lipona. I was disappointed in the comparison. Mimicry is the opposite of originality.
In conclusion, this album is worth a listen, but don't expect anything new. Their live show is their weak point, and their singer should be booed. They represent the punk scene in tally, and that is pretty cool. But punknews.org shouldn't venerate them, and neither should you.

icapped2pac (December 1, 2009)

Dig it. "Hawks" rips.

Babrook (December 1, 2009)

Suprirsed it took this long for this to get reviewed. Lipona is a great band, this is a great release.

hayman (December 1, 2009)

This record is great. Their last one was sweet as well. Anything even close to AWS is awesome. Bring back the Epifat sound, it's been solid for the last 20 years so why stop now? Good times.

TheMarc (December 1, 2009)

Great stuff, looking forward to whatever these guys do next!

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