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Young Machetes

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Produced by John Goodmanson (Sleater Kinney, Unwound, Blonde Redhead) and Guy Piccioto (Fugazi, the Gossip), Young Machetes is chaotic and frenetic yet full of melodies that run throughout the record.

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If you think the cover art is scary, wait until you get a load of the music. The fifth album by the Blood Brothers steps up the intensity of its predecessor, 2004's Crimes, with even more rapid-fire rhythms, thrashing guitars, and acerbic screaming. Imagine the Mars Volta undergoing electroshock treatment or Blonde Redhead at war with an army of feral cats. With Young Machetes, the Seattle punk group comes out swinging on "Set Fire to the Face on Fire," a song that does not fail to live up to its evocative title, and follows through with more rumbling, tightly wound free poetry on tracks like "We Ride Skeletal Lightning" and, yes, "You're the Dream Unicorn!" Unlistenable noise to 99.781921 percent of the record-buying public. Album of the year material for the rest. – Aidin Vaziri

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Set Fire To The Face On Fire
  2. We Ride Skeletal Lightning
  3. Laser Life
  4. Camouflage, Camouflage
  5. You're The Dream Unicorn!
  6. Vital Beach
  7. Spit Shine Your Black Clouds
  8. 1, 2, 3, 4, Guitars
  9. Lift The Veil, Kiss The Tank
  10. Nausea Shreds Yr Head
  11. Rat Rider
  12. Johnny Ripper
  13. Huge Gold AK-47
  14. Street Wars/Exotic Foxholes
  15. Giant Swan


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 10, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B000ICLRKM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,862 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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These Blood Brothers just continue to keep me coming back for more. "Burn Piano Island, Burn" made me a fan, and "Crimes" was a thoroughly interesting listen, but with "Young Machetes" the band may have finally combined all the elements of their sound into one completely unique package. Sure "Young Machetes" brings back a lot of the abrasiveness of "Burn...", but it also pulls a lot from its more experimental counterpart, "Crimes." I believe that Wheelchair Assassin gave the best explanation of the Blood Brothers sound I've ever heard with this statement:

"Gang of Four meets the Dillinger Escape Plan meets the Pixies meets the Mars Volta... with helium!"

One who is unaccustomed to the unique brand of rock that the Blood Brothers play may be turned off upon first listen. The vocals are extremely shrill, the music is often times frantic and off key, and there's virtually no basic structure to any of the songs. Oh and it's noisy. Doesn't sound like a recipe for easy listening does it? However what the Blood Brothers lack in immediate like-ability, they completely make up for in playback value. I can't remember ever being bored with any Blood Bros record so far. And "Young Machetes" does a fine job of following that standard.

"Set Fire To The Face On Fire" and "Vital Beach" sound just like vintage Blood Bros circa their "Burn.." era, while experimental numbers like "Street Wars/Exotic Foxholes" and "1,2,3,4 Guitars" sound like they could have easily fit in with the last record. However don't most listeners want something relatively new with each listen? With that, The Blood Brothers don't disappoint. "Rat Rider", "Laser Life", "Nausea Shreds Yr Head" and "You're The Dream Unicorn!
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The Blood Brothers sure were a good band, and I can't imagine what the people who have been with them the whole way thought of their break up. Here, on their last album, they don't go out with a whimper. It's easily one of their most concise, not as experimental as Crimes, yet more rapid fire and spastic than Crimes. I think they really have found a really good blend of all of what they were doing before. Sure, this doesn't replace all of their albums-there all special in their own ways-but this album really is a great blend of their styles.

The band has stated that six of these songs harken back to their own style, being more crazy and loud. While that may scream "special ed kids imitading at the drive in" to those who (such as I) despised much of their earlier junk, this is not the case. Finely tuned songwriting abounds, considering if the crazy songs are like Your The Dream Unicorn! and Rat Rider. And dang, no aimless rendering either. They never explode into random passages of jumbled beats and aimless screaming like they tended to do earlier.

Actually, there are lot's of experimentation, although it's not as noticeable. Songs like Street Wars/Exotic Foxholes show this, as it's some kind of hip hop disco song with a coda into some ambiance complete with an upright bass, floating organs, Timpanis (!) windchime guitars and a cello/clarinet (can't really tell), and Spit Shine Your Black Clouds, a song that stomps out with extreme catchiness, and gets more windy and weird from there. Even then, everything has experimentation with success, even the most hectic. It simply has new sounds everywhere no matter what kind of songs they are doing.

Some highlights:

*Your The Dream Unicorn!
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I got to see the Blood Brothers when they toured with ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead this past year, and I must say, their live show is pretty awesome/terrifying/intense/inspiring/LOUD. Whatever their show was, it compelled me to check out the band's records.

I chose "Young Machetes" simply because it has "Set Fire To The Face On Fire" on it, which was their set opener, and it fried my face off (literally, I have no face anymore). It impressively does the same on record too, no small achievement. The rest of the record really impressed me as well - the band shows a lot of diversity, not just relying on screeching noise, but also experimenting with a very large assortment of different sounds.

The inherant problem with a band like the Blood Brothers is that the noise can be somewhat exhausting to listen to. It's not a record that you can throw on every day, but when that certain mood strikes you, nothing fits like Young Machetes.

Even at their most exhausting, the Blood Brothers are a million times more interesting than most other bands in any genre right now. Any fans of either eardrum blasting, anti-everything rock or just plain creative, unique music would highly suit themselves to give this record a listen.
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The reviewer a few down mentioned Young Machetes being to "tame" compared to Blodd Brothers earlier stuff, and i totally agree, but that's not to say it still isn't good. I miss the old stuff like March On Electric Children, This Audultry is Ripe, and even their EP (which was a crazy mess, but a great mess) but thats not to say that this isn't Blood Brothers Anymore. Some songs on here bring you back to the older days such You're The Dream Unicorn, Rat Rider, and Nausea Shreds Your Head. But about 2/3 of the album is more of a catchy softer(in relation to old BB) soud that is easy to like on the first listen.

For anyone who has not listened to the Blood Brothers and are thinking of getting into them, get this cd or crimes first. Download these songs from this cd first:

-We Ride Skeletal Lightning

-Lazer Life

-Camouflage, Camouflage

-Spit shine Your Black Cluds

-and Lift The Viel, Kiss The Tank.

this is one of my favorite BB albums, despite the change from their older albums. If you like blood brothers I reccomend hearing these bands: Soiled Doves, Neon Blonde, Head Wound City, and The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower.
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