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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Crowpath
Old Cuts and Blunt Knives
Robotic Empire

Rating: 6/10 ?


October 1, 2004
More don't-call-it-metalcore from Sweden. Thrashy guitars and burnt up sonic backwashes choke on lyrical ash like "I've got no class/ Kill me/ I won't change/ I feel sick." Erik Hall's drumming is, like, woah... and definitely the highlight of the band.

These previously released tracks are brought together by a comprehensive re-mastering job, helping them sound like a cohesive album. Unfortunately, the final two tracks were reproduced directly from the 7" release, and are barely worth listening to: the sound is extremely grainy, leaving the conclusion that the songs should have been re-recorded or left off altogether.

The first two tracks rise to the surface most noticeably - they sound the sharpest and have the most convoluted, noisy approach. "Like Flies to Flames" keeps tumbling over itself, and the guitars in "Kings Among Cockroaches" squeal on the brakes. It's as if the song is trying to stop over submarine depth-pings and evil screeching, but ultimately fails. These two tracks are straight from the band's new album, Red On Chrome, and anyone interested in the group should look there first.

The rest of the tracks are considerably less exciting; listeners will only want to seek out Old Cuts if they pick up Red On Chrome first and their thirst for the 'Path remains unsatisfied.

Reviewed by Erick Bieritz
Erick Bieritz lives in Chicago, where is usually either very hot or very cold. He was the brainchild behind EPMD, where he wrote about EPs and singles for LAS, looking for overlooked or underappreciated non-album releases.

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