Tuesday, September 08, 2009

the promise ring demo

ok, ok, you already have this from somewhere but it is so fucking good i am going to post it to. i wish i owned the actual tape. i bid a large amount of $ on ebay when i last saw it, but someone bid even more. crazy times.

anyways, this is 3 songs from whenever the promise ring started, from when they toured with snapcase (!). it opens with the otherwise unreleased jupiter, by far the most mid 90s emo song TPR ever recorded. it kicks in with some killer hardcore guitar and suddenly von bohlen is wailing over the top. it spirals around, like some kind of indian summer song but with singing instead of sobbing. utterly awesome. it's interesting that they got from cap'n jazz to this and then to the early promise ring material. the vocals totally fit with the stuff on 30 degrees everywhere, with vb wavering and out of tune, but the punishing guitars will come as a surprise to anyone who has never heard this. the bass is as stunning as anything you heard by this band, grooving the song along into it's more melodic final third. after that we have the super super super 12 sweaters red which is one of my favourite promise ring songs. you can find it also on the ground rule double comp on divot records, i am pretty certain it's a different version, the song on grd is a bit poppier and cuter (i haven't listened to it in ages), but listen to davey's broken vocals the opening guitars twinkle in ... "I CAN HEAR THE RADIO!" ... this song is so ridiculously good. the remake has better twinkles, but i think i prefer vb's drawl on this one and the twinkles are still to die for. half way through it explodes, vb gets over excited and tearful and the song energises. so good. we wind up with mineral point which you know already and it's pretty similar to the version as on horse latitudes, but not quite. pure early tpr, you can argue whether or not it has aged badly or not, but whilst many of tpr's peers made music that sounds immature these days, none of the stuff that this band recorded sounds remotely immature, which is an incredible testament to their song writing.

a brilliant artifact is here. davey, stop fucking around in maritime and write something with a bit of energy again please.

the watercolour

i knew i had a treat for you somewhere. the watercolour was this band that was pre-racebannon (!!). they had a song on a comp 7" that a few of you may know. it is gorgeous. this 6 track covers that song, and a few others. again, i have no track listing. i can't remember who burned this for me, or why they did it. i guess it was some guy from the band who appreciated that someone was still interested in his shitty indie rock band from the mid 90s. hopefully a few of you will be too after you check this out.

from the get go, you know what's going on here - the opening 100 seconds bounces through a catchy tune with raspy vocals and midwestmo riffs. an amalgamation of cap'n jazz and ordination of aaron, just like you were looking for. the second song is the one from the comp and the one that you will fall in love with. a flying poppy number that is pure promise ring / cap'n jazz / boys kissing boys. such a catchy effort with twinkles and pretty bits and everything. this is the midwestmo you're looking for (recommend for people who raise an eyebrow at algernon cadwallader) "ONE BY ONE YOU LET YOURSELVES DOWN!". this one seems to be a poorer quality recording than the other tracks. i have no idea why. anyway, the other songs don't quite live up to these, with an instrumental stuck in the middle that is easily skippable. track 4 is nice and twinkly but again instrumental, would love to have heard this one with vocals. fortunately they remember how to sing as song 5 comes bouncing back in the fashion you require. It gets a bit more mid 90s in the middle, more frenzied and OoA style before a rather fantastic drop out part, well judged and well played. i miss that kind of thing. eventually it stumbles back into earshot but never brings the vocals back sadly, crashing over the finish line in a crumpled heap around the 6 minute mark. things are brought to a satisfactory close with a poppy effort again, would have fit nicely on a split seven with a song off the promise ring demo (which i am gonna post next even though you already have it, i love that shit).

be emo here.

Monday, September 07, 2009

necktie party - demo

i pretty much stopped listening to screamy stuff these days but i am going to go through my collection of cds and upload some of the obscurer bits that i have lying around, maybe i'll still be into it, maybe not... anyway, here's the starter.

i was pretty sure that all necktie party had released was a split 7" with the plot to blow up the eiffel tower. i was wrong. i found this cdr in a box of random demos and things with card / fabric sleeves, a box i have lying around full of junk from the early 21st century that i haven't listened to in eons. i have no idea where this demo came from. i am pretty certain that the only reason i have this is because i was one of like 16 people who ever gave a shit about the band. any ways, this 10 song demo blazes past in 23 minutes and features some ace, chaotic wildness. in 2001, everyone was in a screamo band, but necktie party is not some generic orchid rip off. these guys definitely have the wild san diego thing going on, playing intense yet melodic hardcore. the vocals are screamed or desperate, with two guys going at it. things fly past in a whirl of thrashed guitars and there is barely enough time for them to roll around on the floor. i just spazzed the fuck out to track 6, that one will make you lose your shit for sure. i think the songs off the split seven are here, but this stuff sounds fresh to my ears so i guess i've forgotten which ones they are. i don't have a track listing.

like my original review says, elements of saetia, mohinder and republic of freedom fighters are all to be found in this. the whole thing would have made a shit hot 10" and i think people would still probably name drop this band if it had ever came out.

the demo was recorded by rumsey and trosper from unwound in december 2001. sweet.

grab this if you like it fast and sweaty. i think you will be seriously impressed.