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Weerd Science
Friends and Nervous Breakdowns
Equal Vision Records

Rating: 5.5/10 ?

May 2, 2005
The Details:
Weerd Science is the hip-hop side project of Coheed and Cambria drummer Joshua Eppard. Alarm bells go off: hip-hop side project from the drummer of a rock band? White guys rapping?

The Good:
No alarm necessary. Eppard produces very solid beats for these tracks and his rhyme flow is decent. He clearly has a respect for hip-hop music and isn't just making this record as some kind of "hey, anyone can do this, it's easy" project. The overall sound is kind of like a poor-man's Atmosphere; I mean that as a compliment.

The Bad:
Most of these songs are of the "my life sucks" or "the music industry sucks" or "people can be such liars" variety. At what point did we say it was okay for anyone, no matter what their situation, to whine and complain loudly in public? When did we lose the attitude of "either do something about it or just suck it up and make the best of it?" When did people completely lose perspective about what a hard life really is?

Did it happen in the PC nineties, when we were told to respect everyone's feelings no matter what? Is it because of the massive popularity of psychological therapy and self-help books? Whatever the reason, the whole thing has become pathetic.

Virtually every song on Friends and Nervous Breakdowns is about how things didn't work out the way he thought it was going to, so he's either really sad or really angry about it. Maybe some people will sympathize, but all I can say is: Boo-fucking-hoo. You live in the most prosperous country in the world; you were likely given a heck of a lot more opportunities to make a decent life for yourself than 75% of the people on Earth. I doubt you have any idea what real hardship or poverty is really like and I don't find it particularly entertaining to hear you wallow in your own shallow personal problems or get violently angry at relatively miniscule issues. This attitude comes across negatively on the album.

The Ugly:
There is a song on Friends and Nervous Breakdowns called "Girl, Your Baby's Worm Food." The premise here is that a really slutty and oft-pregnant girl might be now pregnant with the baby of the singer's "homey." The singer says that if this is true - if she is pregnant with his "homey's" baby - it claims he will punch her in the stomach. According to the press release, this is supposed to be "tongue in cheek." It's more like "vomit in my own mouth." This is supposed to be funny?

Where then, pray tell, does the "comedy" come from? The dead baby? The violence? The complete disregard for human life? Maybe I just don't get it, but then I imagine the only people that appreciate this kind of "humor" are the kinds of depressed teenagers that end up shooting up their schools. To be fair, also according to the press release, "Weerd Science does NOT condone punching any pregnant women in the stomach." Honestly, that should go without saying.

The Summary:
As far as the sound, Friends and Nervous Breakdowns is a pretty solid hip-hop record; as far as the content, I would only recommend it if you can tolerate a lot of pointlessly angry ranting and whining and if you find ultra-violent murder fantasies entertaining.

Reviewed by Dan Filowitz
Dan Filowitz is Toronto-born, New-Jersey-raised, Indiana-University-educated, and Chicago-residing. In addition to his Lost At Sea contributions, Dan is a senior staff writer for political humor site TalkStation.com and the president of ChicagoImprovAnarchy (The CIA) a Chicago-based improv theatre company. We are not mentioning the 9-5 corporate job. Apparently, Dan does not sleep much. Dan Filowitz is the perfect dinner party guest - fun, witty, intelligent, with wide-ranging interests, ecclectic tastes and a winning smile. Just make sure you have coffee available.

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