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Pants Tight: Arms Crossed
Braeburn Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Brazilia's brand of punkish/artish hardcore tends you keep you listening. No matter how hard you try, you can not turn Pants Tight: Arms Crossed into background music. If you try to fall asleep to it, no matter how tired you might be, you will find yourself unable to even think about sleep until each of the nine songs is through churning and screaming and panting.

Pants Tight: Arms Crossed features churning, driving guitars, furious drumming, and vocals that switch from a sing/scream and to all-out yell at opportune times, kind of like that poetry game you might have played in a high school English class with the highlighted sections. Where the teacher gives everyone in the class copies of a poem where different parts are highlighted for one or a couple of people, and the only time you recite the poem is at the highlighted points, so when one person or the whole class might say a line it is as though you are putting it in some sort of vocal emphasis or boldness, as in "Insects": "Of the girls in white pelts/ wounds from the cut on her lips/ spreads the peeling dead skin of the ghost-writing hips."

Lyrics seem super-distorted, and the only real way you can understand fully the actual words is by reading the liner notes. When you do, though, they still seem super-distorted and it is super-hard to decipher the meaning or really any sort of logical thought progression behind them. Though it is often sort of frustrating and I think of them as less intelligent-sounding than the band might think, I can definitely say that it positively adds to the excitable, frantic, artsy frenzy that runs through the whole album. If you're looking to make your life a little more frantic, a little more exciting, and definitely a little more insomnia-driven, you should probably look no further than Pants Tight: Arms Crossed.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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