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Grown Ups

Grown Ups: More SongsMore Songs (2010)
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Grown Ups take Castevet's post-hardcore noodling and wed it to Lifetime's sweet, nasally hardcore jams, which is a roundabout way of saying that er'rybody needs to buy the group's new album More Songs. These are two great tastes that rock faces together. While the album admittedly gets a little repe.
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Grown Ups take Castevet's post-hardcore noodling and wed it to Lifetime's sweet, nasally hardcore jams, which is a roundabout way of saying that er'rybody needs to buy the group's new album More Songs. These are two great tastes that rock faces together. While the album admittedly gets a little repetitive in the back half, More Songs still serves up some quality jams just in time for summer.

"Weed Science" opens with Andy Tokarski's booming bass, with drummer Jacob Bonham chomping at the kit to fire off some thunderous beats. Then the song pulls a surprise punch with the guitars. Instead of the typical distorted strumming one would expect, guitarists Doyle Martin and Adam Sheets bust out angular, intricate, dub-inspired licks. While the band certainly doesn't sound like the more expansive Castevet, they are aesthetic siblings. Just as Castevet proved that hardcore can inject vitality into post-rock, Grown Ups prove that a little post-rock can bring some diversity to hardcore. Which is why "Weed Science" is such a brilliant opening track; it psyches out the listener, then reveals that the band has totally got this shit on lockdown. It also more or less represents where the rest of the songs go.

"Johnny Edwards" and "Orange Cat" slow the tempo a little, but for the most part, More Songs delivers fast-paced beats and gang vox a-plenty. It's a welcome shift to a tried ??n' true dynamic, and at 35 minutes, it doesn't overextend itself too much. Open-minded kids who dig Jersey's Best Dancers and Some Kind of Cadwallader should want to get all up on More Songs.

 

 
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acris (September 27, 2010)

the lyrics aren't ordinary and this band is nothing like castevet, jfc

superskabro (June 13, 2010)

awesome band. live AND on record. this album is going to be hard to beat this year...

regreteverything (June 12, 2010)

I'm pretty sure this is the only review here that I agree with word for word. I'm scared.

R3vengeTherapy (June 12, 2010)

I just started listening to this thing and it's throwing me for a loop. I've never heard anyone mix these two styles like this.

tris (June 12, 2010)

I love this band. 'surprise party' sounds infinitely better re-recorded. they even covered 'at your funeral' by saves the day when I saw them.

Blackjaw_ (June 12, 2010)

doesn't have*

TeaEssAre (June 12, 2010)

@Blackjaw_.... I completely understand. It's inexplicable, this band SHOULD be my favorite. It's like they try too hard though, and its quite apparent. One band that successfully combines the american football/braid emo sound with the lifetime melodic hardcore sound is Agent. It doesn't seem forced, it just is what it is: awesome.

Blackjaw_ (June 11, 2010)

I was trying to explain the effect that this band has that several others do too, where they have the right recipe for everything but somehow I just can't get TOO into it. A few years ago when I liked more 'punk' stuff there was this band called Welt that was the first one like that for me. Back then I said "they're just too good, so I get bored listening to them". That's not quite right but... ah shit now I ended up basically explaining it anyway. Now I'm all messed up in this comment here. Anyway, yeah this album is great but it just hasn't have that 'oomph' or deepness for me to get attached to it. Fun to throw it on and rock out though. Might be that the lyrics are pretty ordinary.

xshoutoutx (June 11, 2010)

Great band/dudies!

DuffB (June 11, 2010)

It's awesome, but the background vocals are missing on "Surprise Party". Still, pretty fucking good.

bryne (June 11, 2010)

There's some pretty good stuff on this.

lushj (June 11, 2010)

Coming soon- Gr'ups & Grownups US Tour!

polaris (June 11, 2010)

Love this band.

Agree that Kittens is better but Shitten has really grown on me.

Can't wait for Castevet's new EP. Glad music like this is being written.

muktar (June 11, 2010)

id say best of the year so far, not sayin TOO too much however. Old songs are the best.
the kittens better than the shitten.
and vocals are not definitely not nasally

preston (June 11, 2010)

I'm sold. Gimme.

SloaneDaley (June 11, 2010)

One of the best of the year. troof.

Chaos_is_Goose (June 11, 2010)

Favorite of 2010 so far.

ianissuperrad (June 11, 2010)

I love this album. The songs that were re-recorded sound even better then the originals.

mikexdude (June 11, 2010)

I'd give it a half star higher at least.

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