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Blood Brothers
March on Electric Children
Three One G Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
In the press sheet for March on Electric Children it explains that "The Blood Brothers combine abrasive, discordant music unnerving lyrical content and a healthy dose of avant-garde experimentation". If those sentiments weren't exactly what I was thinking when listening to March on Electric Children then I would have come up with my own description, but since the Three One G description is just so dead on I'll go with it.

After mega-producer Ross Robinson heard the Blood Brothers he decided to pick them up for work in his group of I AM RECORDING ARTISTS. If some of you aren't familiar with Ross Robinson's work, he has brought you albums by GlassJAw, Slipknot, At The Drive-In, Korn, and Machinehead. Having made waves in the majors, it recently seems that Robinson has been digging deeper and deeper into the underground in search of new bands that have the potential to explode in the mainstream market. While one would not think that a band like the Blood Brothers would be that big of a success in the mainstream, so far they have made quite a name for themselves and nowadays with all the hordes of underground and indie bands going mainstream, nothing will surprise me.

March on Electric Children is the second full length from the Blood Brothers, the first being This Adultery Is Ripe on Second Nature Records. This form of artsy hardcore seems to go a long way in this day and age and although I can't really say that I'm a huge fan of this sub-genre I can say that the Blood Brothers pull it off much better than the majority of what is out there. I don't know if I can exactly just call this hardcore because there are so many other elements mixed in with all the screams and groans. I hear a big MC5 and Iggy Pop influence on one of the singers, and this has the hardcore edge that everyone seems to love these days as well as it's rock and roll roots. The combination of the two works out in a way that most bands just can't mix. The pass-the-mic vocal style of two singers, Johnny and Jordan, is not a new thing but with one singer screaming his heart out and the other singing like Iggy Pop, it makes for an interesting and original listen.

The band has already been in the studio recording a follow-up to March on Electric Children for their debut with the new label ARTISTdirect Records. They have an intense tour schedule that has spanned a large chunk of 2002, including a week of dates with the world's most overrated band, The Locust.

Reviewed by Andy Vaughn
Andy Vaughn is a longtime friend of LAS magazine, where he has contributed occasionaly. He much prefers writing for The Toilet online, however that website seems to have died.

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