REVIEW: Blind Mice – “Sunday Songs”


There is a lot of music in the world to draw inspiration from. Every music scene comes from somewhere, and it always leads to somewhere. Alternative rock is a great example. You can track that genre back to it’s roots in punk rock. It gets a bit muddy thanks to the whole alt rock explosion in the 90s, but it’s possible. Due to the genre’s history, it makes sense that certain strains of underground music still take influence from that mainstream sound.

Blind Mice are an example of that influence being used in the best way. They are able to take influence from the punk and emo scene circa the early 2000s, and mix and meld it with alternative rock from the late 1990s. At the risk of this review becoming a bunch of shitty comparisons, the resulting sound is something like “Polar Bear Club and Brandtson filtered through Third Eye Blind and Nada Surf.” It’s a combination that works extremely well, and keeps things interesting. Blind Mice are really adept at playing up these influences without sounding derivative or unfocused.

Sunday Songs is an EP that has a sincerity that shines through on every song. It’s packed with great riffs, great hooks, and energy. Even a song like “Barbara’s Bar,” which has the slowest pace, excels at being a great pop song. The lyrics are very earnest, and cover everything from growing up in a family of divorce, addiction, and feeling stuck in a specific time or place. “Home Movies” and “Drifter” are prime examples.

Sunday Songs is a record that has a very nostalgic tone to it, but never falls in the trap of being one of “those” records. A lot of bands who try to do this kind of thing end up sounding like shitty throwbacks, Blind Mice do not. This is the kind of EP that anyone can get stoked about.

Blind Mice
Animal Style Records
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REVIEW: Young Turks – “Where I Rise”

ytwirHardcore, sans prefix, is a genre I’m at odds with a lot of the time. It’s a genre that tends to navel gaze and dwell on the same old bullshit. It’s a scene full of bands trying to be toughest guys in the room. There is a whole lot of chest beating and talking about “the scene.” Young Turks are a band that, despite the muscle behind the music, avoid that kind of thing. They are a band who is only getting better, and is doing so without circling the wagons and catering to the base. That’s a refreshing change. Especially in hardcore.

Where I Rise is a record that fires on all cylinders from start to finish. It’s a four EP that clocks in at around seven minutes. Musically it is loud, fast, and everything you could want from the genre. There is a lot going on here. It boasts well written songs on the theme of endurance and strength of will. It is a different feel from their similarly titled LP, Where I Lie. If that full length was the pit of frustration, Where I Rise is the soaring victory. It’s right there in the record titles, man.

Young Turks has a lot of influence from early 2000 hardcore. They have enough outside influences to make it their own. This thing rips through it’s run and is over in a flash. It has the energy of live hardcore that rarely translates well to recording. This record comes on like gangbusters and doesn’t let up.

Young Turks
Animal Style Records
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