Monday, December 14, 2009

James Dean - S/T 7"

A lot of people like to argue over the use of the word skram to define a genre. While I agree the term is silly, so is "emo" and arguing over genre names is even lamer so suck it up because this next record is a "skram" record.

James Dean was a rad skram/emo band from Australia who sadly broke up in 2007. This is the 7" that was supposed to come out on Hey Presto, but from what I can tell it hasn't, which is too bad, because I'd love to have this on wax. James Dean plays very melodic but frantic style of emo not unlike bands like La Quiete or Suis La Lune. The vocals are what really hook me on this record, they are screamed at times, but the vocalist has a great hoarse shout/sing style as well. The guitars are played with very little distortion, so the whole record has this trebley clean vibe to it and really helps maintain the melodic element of the music. Not a lot of noise on this record. Nothing too groundbreaking, just 4 really enjoyable songs. In The Hospital is a banger!

PS. I just heard that Bringin' it Down is back on the air starting tomorrow evening! Support these gents, they play good tunes and are fervent supporters of local independent hardcore! Maybe they'll let myself and MK do a GonnaGetSued night. (Wink wink...nudge nudge)

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