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"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!Read more ›
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.
*Your The Dream Unicorn!Read more ›
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.
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
-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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amazing album, great way to find like minds. comes with killer art on the packaging. great way to enjoy a great albumPublished on December 13, 2013 by Charlie
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This album changes pace so many times that it's almost exhausting. And that is part of why I like The Blood Brothers. Read more
Being a Seattle native, I grew up on the Blood Brothers. I went to school with Johnny and worked at venues in Seattle, mainly the Graceland aka El Corazon. Read morePublished on September 13, 2008 by DJ_Wr3TCh3D
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The Blood Brothers are my favorite band, so of course my review is gonna be kinda biased. But still, I think the band is amazing. Read more
...and he should know, as The Blood Brothers can pack all the energy, danger, screaming and psychosis of a ten-minute Rollins work-out into a 2:02 song. Read morePublished on November 19, 2007 by winkingtiger
Why am I just reviewing this thing, I bought it the day it came out? Anyway, I got so happy when I slipped this cd in and Set Fire.. blasted through my car speakers. Ahhh bliss! Read morePublished on April 19, 2007 by kibblesthepig
I first caught hold of this band on a music blog site and I was amazed. The riffs and the beats will grab at you and you're guaranteed to find the need to bang your head. Read morePublished on March 2, 2007 by Petra
i waited for this. downloaded it when it got leaked and ill buy it also. im really happy with the direction their going. Read morePublished on October 19, 2006 by corey swag