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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Pissed Jeans
Hope For Men
Sub Pop

Rating: 7/10 ?


July 23, 2007
It takes balls to name your band Pissed Jeans. It's a sure-fire way to guarantee young teens all over will be hiding your album from their parents, and suffice to say, you won't be appearing on The Tonight Show any time soon. These facts go without saying, not even considering the music, which is every bit as nasty and repulsive as the name Pissed Jeans suggests. On Hope For Men, the band's debut for Sub Pop, Pissed Jeans aim for beauty and meaning through ugliness and repetition. More often than not, it works.

On Shallow, Pissed Jeans' previous album, the band launched a self-deprecating missile that successfully fused hardcore, noise and sludge into an ugly sound all its own. Lead howler Matt Korvette managed to inject a sense of humor through his hopeless laments on girls, his physical condition and yes, even his cum. Not nearly as immediate as Shallow, Hope For Men embraces the band's obvious infatuation with sludge-pioneers Flipper. It creates a much more difficult listen as the band chooses to plod instead of race.

Opener "People Person" shows the band's recipe right off the bat. The bass and drums lock into a 4/4 repetition that never lets up for the five minute song while guitarist Bradley Fry abuses his instrument to create a cacophony that rarely produces an audible note. This setup really hits the hardest on "Caught Licking Leather," where Pissed Jeans use this formula to build tension before exploding into a huge punk riff.

Lyrically, Korvette still possesses a clever disgust for himself and his surroundings. However, whereas Shallow explored the extent of his self-deprecation, Hope For Menutilizes sarcasm to show his boredom and ultimate disdain for suburban/mainstream society. About 95 percent of the album Korvette is low in the overall mix and completely inaudible (drawing the comparisons to The Jesus Lizard), but a lyric sheet provides evidence of his frustration. "I'm right here in my fantasy world/ setting up all my toys/ and making movies and songs/ in my fantasy world," Korvette yelps on "Fantasy World," this time using sarcasm to criticize the modern age's disconnection from the ugly reality where Pissed Jeans thrive.

The two biggest missteps on the album come from the minimal and slowest songs. Both "Scrapbooking" and "The Jogger" fail to take off as anything more than throwaway filler, and at ten songs total the album could stand a little more meat. The point is made clear however; Pissed Jeans have a beef with the world around them, and plan to lull it into submission through dissonance soul-sucking noise.

Reviewed by Kelly Johnson
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