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New Grenada / The Trembling
split 7"
Plumline Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I often like things for silly reasons, at least at first glance or first listen or what have you. I happened to like this split 7" from New Grenada and The Trembling for an absurdly simple reason at first glance, that reason being the colors on the cover of the record.

I like it now for other reasons, though, aesthetics aside. The main one of these is the Trembling. "Shooting Blanks" features simple punk with a female vocalist (Kelli Miller) whose voice leaves a mark, (or at least it did on me). It's not that her voice is great or anything, or that she's doing something different, she just has a presence, which is nice, especially for someone like me who tends to like male singers a little better than female singers. To get a hint of this presence, I'd advise you to skip to the end of "Shooting Blanks" to when Miller spouts, "I've got something to say to you/ it shouldn't hurt you a bit/ just don't flinch/ cause my aim is off/ and I don't want to make any promises/ I can't keep." It's the kind of performance that just kind of catches your ear.

My main problem with the song as a whole lies somewhere in the middle, at the end of the first chorus, where Miller sings "Shut My Mouth" - a lyric that is misplaced and doesn't sound right at all. Other than that, the Trembling's contribution to the split is worthy of a listen.

New Grenada, on the other hand, though I have never heard them play before, sound a bit overdone. Not necessarily by them, just by tons of other bands in the last decade. "Oberlin" sounds a little too much like 30 Degrees Everywhere-era Promise Ring, that infamous album almost every emo band ever has tried to emulate.

The split is decent; I probably would have bought it just for the colors or for the Trembling.

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

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