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Split 7"
Chalk Sounds

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Oh my god. Just by looking at the cover of this 7" you could just start crying. It's just so emo. The paper is folded and attached with this sealing wax and then a stamp on top of that. The font on the cover is in some ancient handwriting-style. It's really well done, but just so emo.

Well, on to the music then. Two of Sweden's better bands split this 7". Cobolt, from Umea in the northern part of Sweden, are doing their "slow-fi/Redhouse-Painters/Codeine/ we've-been-listening-to-Washer-a-bit-too-much" style. Their song is ok - I really like the simple bass line in the beginning - but they could use some originality. If you're interested in their music they've got two full-length albums out on Ampersand records.

The other band on this 7" is called Kevlar. Kevlar consist of some guys from Starmarket, I think. They mix some noisy, bass-oriented Chicago/DC stuff with upbeat pop-punky emoish stuff (I must stop this genre-dropping, its getting ridiculous). The end-product is actually something kinda unique. The only thing I dislike about them is the singers voice; it is very annoying.

Anyway, this is a solid record, the bands know what they're doing and I think they know where they are going with their music. Cobolt has one song and Kevlar have two on this split. Get it from either Communication records or Chalk sounds.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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