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Music Reviews

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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
Bright Calm Blue
Asymmetry Set
Divot Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Chicago weather. It's brutal. A tiresome circus wheel that never seems to stop, and when it does, it leaves you at the top wanting to get off. Anyone who has lived in or been to Chicago for even a handful of days can attest to the ever-changing mind of Mother Nature here. Summers are blistering, vicious, un-predictable, and sweaty. Winters, well those are biting, arctic, cloudy, and slippery. As for those in-between months formerly known as Spring and Fall, well they seem to be fading further and further with each passing year.

So another year of summer work and driving in pools of your own humidity is coming to a close. What better way to refresh then with some equally gripping tunes from Bright Calm Blue. Producing a sonic-assault on the ears with contrasts as quick as a Chicago cold front. They prove that hardcore is not just screams and lousy guitar riffs.

A pinch of Cursive, a dash of Red Scare (or 400 Years, whichever suits your tastes), and mix thoroughly with a whole stinking heap of chops and you have got Bright Calm Blue. This Lincoln, Nebraska quintet pound out 8 songs in just over a half-hour. Keeping the fluff to a minimum and the rock turned up to 11 makes this album a sweet ride. Two guitars constantly caught in a frenzy of notes and changing moods, coupled with front man Ian Whitmore's charismatic vocals are what fuels these kids. Whitmore's vocal strengths flex strikingly on "A Tongue to Taste" and the stunning "Two For Treament". Aside from some minimalist keyboards throughout, this album sticks to a uniform quality. Guitars loud and proud, drums that stop/start with the snap of a thumb, and vocal sparrings that tie everything together. In the world of Bright Calm Blue, there is no need for quirky breakdowns or disappointing rants about breaking up with a high school sweetheart. Asymmetry Set tears at the seams of society and the mind. Making them a respected presence in today's post-everything world.

Asymmetry Set is the debut full-length from Bright Calm Blue, and on it they convince that they have already built a rock-solid foundation on which to stay afloat. But in the ever-turbulent waters of today's hardcore/screamo scene where bands break-up for the worst reasons, we shall see how they choose to navigate, considering that frontman Whitmore has apparently just left the band, citing "personal reasons" as per usual.

Reviewed by Justin Grimm
A contributing writer for LAS, JG used to live in Bloomington, Illinois, and played guitar in a band called North By Northwest. Word on the street is that he now lives in Chicago and, (much to the ladies\' delight or dismay, depending on how you look at it) he has been procreating. To find Justin, just google \"juice454\" and something, like what he\'s been listening to, will pop up.

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