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Weatherbox: ChristpuncherChristpuncher (2010)
Doghouse Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Weatherbox's Christpuncher is a tidy two-song digital single that was apparently supposed to be a 7" at one point. I guess the idea got nulled and what's left instead is a brief sneak peak of the band's next full-length, these tracks cut with a whole new band backing the creative mind of vocalist/gu.


Weatherbox's Christpuncher is a tidy two-song digital single that was apparently supposed to be a 7" at one point. I guess the idea got nulled and what's left instead is a brief sneak peak of the band's next full-length, these tracks cut with a whole new band backing the creative mind of vocalist/guitarist Brian Warren.

"Broken Glow Sticks" is noticeably different than the band's past material, for the most part: knotty, stop-start guitar riffs a bit like fellow San Diegans No Knife make up the verses with Warren's voice muffled with an effect and blurting out lyrics seemingly about some shitty rave in a punctual, sort of spoken-abrasive manner. But these verses transition to a brighter chorus with crooned "ooo"s backing and a disjointed, jaunty but melodic finish that's a little more reminiscent of the more rocking, angular moments of 2007's American Art.

"The Bullets" sounds more like the logical, mature progression from Art than did the more esoteric, drifting Cosmic Drama from last year. Distorted and clean, jangly guitars dance in and out of each other in an upbeat way with Warren providing plenty of "ahhh"s and the song's central romantic hook cloaked oddly in weaponry: "I drink for the armor, she drinks for the ammo / We go together like the colors in the camo."

A quick, enjoyable tease from the Weatherbox camp.

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soundaslanguage (May 26, 2010)

Mitch, I could easily say that I don't like these guys cause the singer is a douchebag cause quite frankly he is. But, I'm talking about the live show honestly. I don't like studio bands and Weatherbox seem like a studio band to me. If you can't translate your music live why do you play music in the first place?

Blackjaw_ (May 24, 2010)

Will, what was it about their live performance you didn't like? I still haven't seen them, but from all the videos I've watched they seem to be totally apt in terms of playing as well as on record, and the vocals sound more or less as good too. Was it their stage presence? I could understand not liking that as it's pretty minimal, but personally I prefer that over when bands are really over-the-top. Did the singer seem like kind of a dick? I've heard that somewhere, but I'm fine with it because I know I would come off as a dick too, just because I'm not exactly happy all the time and I would let my being worn out show. It's hard to fake being nice to everyone, at least he's honest. It also must be pretty frustrating to have only a handful of your fans fully grasping/appreciating your lyrics and music and the rest of them just being little dorky Say Anything fans. Yyyyeah Weatherbox is my favourite band........

soundaslanguage (May 24, 2010)

I just can't take this band seriously after seeing them live. Truly one of the worst live bands I have ever seen.

crackpotdemagogue (May 23, 2010)

this is great. and the title just seals the deal! yes!

kylewagoner (May 22, 2010)

I can dig this. I personally love the title.

maverick (May 21, 2010)

This is coming out on vinyl later this summer, just not on Doghouse.

-Scott

bastard_squad (May 21, 2010)

I liked the Hell's Satans ep a lot better.

brokenglowsticks (May 21, 2010)

I like both equally... I can't wait to see what their next album turns out like, though

Blackjaw_ (May 21, 2010)

I really don't like the first half of Broken Glowsticks that much, but its second half and The Bullets are typically awesome Weatherbox.

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