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More Specific, Less Pacific
54' 40 or Fight!

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Caesura comes bursting right out of the gate the moment you hit the play button. Sounding reminiscent of the noisier elements found in Unwound's music with the intensity of early Splay-era Shiner, Caesura seem to have all the makings of a really great band, but this power trio isn't there yet. While this disc does rock pretty hard, and if that's your thing you may well love More Specific, Less Pacific, there are still several kinks that need to be worked out before Caesura makes a great record.

Running just a shade over forty minutes the album still feels a bit long-winded. "For Staged Encore" kicks off the proceedings with a bang. Towering chords are backed by propulsive drumming that then shift into a lower gear to make room for the vocals. Structurally the song is all over the place, introducing several new phrases before returning to the original riff. It is followed by the Dianogah-esque burbling bass of "Enter, Fluorescence"; a song that revels in its discordant cacophony before erupting. The next track, "Trap Door" is the album's first miss though. A bland rock riff opens the track and repeats throughout, never allowing the song to get off the ground. By this point, the listener pretty much has the jist of this record though as the rest of the album continues on in this same vein. Every batch of good songs is cornered by one that is not as stunning. Tracks like "Compromise in Theory", an interesting, but brief percussive study that ultimately hurts the flow of the album, and "Assassin Assassin", an insane nightmare of frenzied drumming, guitar pummeling, and squelching feedback, keeps More Specific, Less Pacific from being a truly great listen from front to back. These filler tracks, while some might argue flesh out the album and keep it from being considered only an EP, make it easier to tune the latter half of the album out much more easily than it might have already been.

Amid the huge riffs, occasionally math-y guitar work, and fat bottom end, Evan Rehill's vocals fail to make much of an impression other than occasional aggravation. The punctured yelps rarely cut through the thick textures, and even the sing-speak lines are capped off with a trailing scream at the end. The lyrics are never distinguishable, but they do often manage to serve as an interesting punctuation at the end of musical phrases. Finding out exactly what he has to say, and developing a means of delivering that message to the listening audience should definitely be one of Rehill's priorities for the next album.

Caesura shows promise. More Specific, Less Pacific saves face since it is only a debut album, and I'm sure it will find many supporters. A few tracks are truly satisfying, yet the album still shows it's naiveté and leaves the band plenty of room to expand, experiment, and develop.

Reviewed by Mark Skipper
Mark Skipper currently resides in Nashville, TN where he can be found skipping shows, drinking Guinness, making bad home recordings, and complaining about how much music sucks these days.

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