BLOOD BROTHERS - CRIMES
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Today Blood Brothers, a 5-piece hailing from Seattle, WA have unveiled their plans for a massive Crimes spree which will kick into high gear on 10-12. The band, who have released 3 previous full-length CDs & toured constantly over the course of their 7-year career have created their masterpiece with Crimes.
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'Crimes' is an album that will make you dance. But not in the normal sense of dancing. Nothing that will make you "lean back" or "get jiggy wit it". The kind of dancing where you lose all control of your body and move it any way you can. Muscle spasms, shaking, kicking, etc.
Lyrically, the Blood Brothers paint morbidly beautiful images in your head. This is one of the main aspects of their music that sets them apart from the generic screamo/hardcore bands. If they do have a song about love, they shy away from using the disgustingly overused razorblade/roses metaphor. Songs like `Teen Heat' and `Live At The Apocalypse Cabaret' are exemplary for their creative and effective lyrics.
So don't let the genre fool you, the Blood Brothers are making music all their own. I strongly recommend this album for those who like Beep Beep.
1. Interesting novelty
2. Genuises and innovators
3. Ghastly, disgraceful noise merchants who should be disembowelled and/or drawn and quartered for even attmempting to impersonate a band
And honestly, there's plenty of evidence here to support all three conclusions. Even in its poppier moements, Crimes can be one noisy, messy, and difficult album. These guys throw tons of different sounds and ideas at you, evidently in an effort to ssee what will stick, and the result throws together so many different genres that it practically constitutes a new one of its own. You've got lilting, melodic pop; thrash metal; noisecore; screamo, and angular dance punk, all mixed together with some truly wacky song structures and a dual-vocalist approach that will leave your brain working overtime to decipher everything. That may well be the point of it all, as the Blood Brothers demonstrate a Fugazi-style knack for working over both the head and the gut at the same time (and no, I'm not comparing them to Fugazi, so save your "not helpful" votes).
On tracks like Feed Me to the Forest, My First Kiss at the Public Execution, and the incredible Peacock Skeleton With Crooked Feathers, the band shows a dynamic range that runs from loud and fast to louder and faster, topped off by vocals that switch frenetically back and forth (one vocalist has a sort of baritone; the other sounds like one of the chimpmunks with a squirrel stuck in his throat) and backed by the maniacally jumbled drumbeats of Mark Gajadhar. Elsewhere, the band offers its frightening take on speed metal with Beautiful Horses and segues into something vaguely resembling pure pop with the deliriously catchy Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck. Even better, they show a knack for real, actual songwriting in the album's (relatively) subdued moments; the title track and Live at the Apocalypse Cabaret showcase ear-catching melodies, surprisingly clean guitar tones, and all sorts of non-rocking instrumentation (check the liner notes to see who plays what and you'll get an idea of what I mean).
Ultimately, I wouldn't conclude that you have to be completely crazy to enjoy this album, but it might help to be at least a bit odd. Familiarity with, and enjoyment of, other prominent recent entries in the noise-rock field (Lightning Bolt, Death From Above 1979, the dearly departed McLusky, etc.) is also a plus. And if you like what currently occupies the musical mainstream, stay far, far away. Of course, if you're into mainstream music, you're probably not reading this review anyway. For everyone else, you never know.
1. Lack of energy: Don't get me wrong...this has tons of energy, after all...it is the Blood Brothers. It just doesn't seem to be on par with the other Lp's in terms of intensity. There's less screaming and nothing's quite as fast. This album does seem to be a bit more epic than previous works.
2. Johnny Whitney sings higher than Mariah Carrey: After a few listens I desenitized to this somewhat. It's weird how he's almost 23 and he sings way higher than when he was 18. This factor doesn't really bother me all that much....not like my next point..
3. Cody?! What happened?!: His guitar work on all three Lps was amazing. Some of the most inovative and original guitar work of our time. It was chaotic and complex. The guitar on this is simple and straight foward. He rarely uses those nasty chords that he once was so obsessed with. Its like he got lazy. He uses effects and noises that remind me of effects and noises used by tool and the like. I know this sounds harsh...but I was really let down by this. I hope he's just going through a phase or something. Maybe he needs this album to grow with his style. I just hope that he'll try harder next time.
4. The new art theme:I liked the Piano Island art on the Cd and website better....what's with all the diamonds?
So in conclusion...this is better than anything else released as of this year. I await to see them next week in Chicago...maybe they'll play some different tunes from Crimes than they played last time. I understand that they don't want to do the same thing album after album and I hope this helps them grow into something more amazing than the brilliant musicians that created Burn Piano Island Burn. Even though this is my least favorite LP....I love it. And like a skull shaped baloon....I believe in the Blood Brothers.
(UPDATE)So I just saw them again after they released Crimes. As always...totally amazing. They played a song that's not on any of their albums....a cover of the Doors song 5 to 1. It was incredible. After hearing them play 8 songs from crimes...I'd now rate this at 5 stars. The Blood Brothers are amazing.
I went to one of their concerts after the release of 'Burn Piano Island Burn' and they rocked the stage. I recently attended one of their concerts after the release of 'Crimes' and I was shocked. Were these the same guys who screamed incoherent gibberish and knocked my eardrums back into the innards of my brain? Am I hearing them playing a slow ballad, with a sold out crowd waving their lighters over their heads in a safety-hazardous fashion? And why do I find myself dancing to it?
The Blood Brothers' latest creation is just as abstract as their older releases, however, somehow they present it in a different way. It's not a matter of maturation; every CD they release appeals to the mind differently. Even when they find a winning style of music, they refuse to release a second CD of the same nature. Bassist Morgan Henderson says "Once we finish a song, I don't want to make the same song again. Take someone like Bob Dylan(...), yet a lot of people find so much meaning in his music. What is it about him that's timeless? This is the great anomaly in music that I find so interesting." - Record Label
It doesn't matter with which CD you start listening to the Blood Brothers first; they're all uniquely different. With 'Crimes', you'll hear the same high-pitched shrieks from vocalists Johnny Whitney and Jordan Blilie, but fresh with disco beats, maracas, piano slamming, and crazed guitar scraping riffs backing them up. There are head banging tracks that'll knock your socks off, strangely danceable tracks that'll make you jump up and attempt the Harlem Shake, slow and melodic beats that'll put you in a trance, and tracks that'll simply stick to you like...sticky stuff. As I took the time to write this personal, albeit lengthy review, I'd ask all of you to do me a favor and listen to the CD through and through. I didn't name any singles, pick out my favorites (there are many I sleep to), or list them in order of 'greatest' to 'slightly less great', because it wouldn't be fair to the 'greatness' of the CD. Enjoy the CD and listen with open ears!
I saw these guys live in October opening for Coheed at IUP before I even knew who the Blood Brothers were. They were very energetic and had crazy high pitched singing/screaming, I didnt understand a word they said the whole time but I still kind of liked them just because they were so different than anything Ive heard. So I randomly bought this CD the other day to check out their studio sound, and it is exactly how they sound live. I give these guys 4 stars for trying so hard to scream their lungs out and because I absolutely love the song Trash Flavored Trash. This music is great to go crazy to and just scream til your throat is sore, I dont know how the one guy sings so high pitched without losing his voice after 10 minutes. Anyways, overall the CD is decent and has three good songs: Feed Me to the Forest, Trash Flavored Trash, and Peacock Skeleton With Crooked Feathers.
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