REVIEW: Overo – “Cold Concrete​ / ​Shattered”

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Overo is a band that I was stoked about the minute I heard they existed. The band is made up of Lindsay and Mercy from Football, etc., Brendan from Perfect Future, and John from Rose Ette. I’m not going to bore you with a lot of introduction and bullshit. Suffice to say, that is a goddamn line up.

The release here is a two song demo/single. The two songs featured are solid post-hardcore, but they also embraces the emo and punk connections. Both have a strong quiet/loud dynamic, but in notably different ways. “Cold Concrete” nails that dynamic with the vocals. “Shattered” with the music. Lindsay Minton and Brendan Stephens have very different vocal styles, but they work really well together. “Cold Concrete” has the former’s singing delivery going head on into the latter’s more yelling/screaming delivery. “Shattered” features more vocal interplay, with both singing at the same time.

I really enjoy how the song play with the post-hardcore style in different ways. “Cold Concrete” has a punk aggression to it. It’s a short song that drives to it’s conclusion. There isn’t a lot of posturing, but there are great riffs. “Shattered” is more jagged and angular. It starts with a minute of delicate guitar work before it crescendos into a mathy kind of jam. The guitar lead is fantastic and the shift at the midway point is a thing of beauty.

The long and short of this is simple. You’ve got a band with a killer lineup making two of the strongest genre songs I’ve heard in a minute. If there was a release more in my wheelhouse, I sure haven’t found it yet. Here’s hoping we get more stuff from this band.

Overo
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REVIEW: Football, etc. – “Corner”

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It’s kind of hard to write about Football, etc. at this point. I been writing about them for about as long as I’ve been running this blog. I first talked about them when I wrote up their First Down EP. I also covered their previous two full lengths (The Draft and Audible), their Disappear EP, and their split with Plaids. There isn’t much to say about them that I haven’t already said sometime in the last six years.

Football, etc is one of my favorite bands to have come out of that late 2000s emo scene. They were right there at the start of the emo revival (or whatever), and they’ve outlived many of their peers. In fact, Football, etc. are one of the bands I most associate with the current genre. They’ve put out consistently great records. They do that second wave emo sound better than most current bands going. They are a torchbearer. Corner is another example of all that.

Their third full length, and first on Community Records, is a distillation of the growth the band has experienced. While the songwriting and vocal performance from Lindsay Minton is still the goddamn show, it has become more and more about how the trio works together. Allowing certain pop influences to shine through have made the rhythm section of Mercy Harper and Daniel Hawkins an unstoppable force. “Foul” and “Nutmeg” are perfect examples of how the band can absolutely fucking go. Minton’s guitar is still out there twinkling, but things really pop when she gets some distortion going. Her vocal delivery sounds as strong as ever. There is a much more dynamic range than on records past. A song like “Space” wouldn’t​ be horribly out of place on a record like The Draft or Audible, but it certainly would be the outlier.

Corner is the sound of a band that has matured beyond being a “genre band.” You can still call them emo, and you’d be right. Football, etc. are much more than that though, and it’s great to see that they’re still growing.

Football, etc.
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Community Records (USA)
Barely Regal (UK)
Stiff Slack (JPN)

YEAR END! – Top Records Of 2015

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I’m keeping this list brief this year. Not too many bells and whistles, or whatever. It’s the end of January, so I really need to just post it. 2015 was a weird fucking year, and I didn’t keep up with this stuff the way I should have. 2016 should be better. Anyway, on with the list.

Top Records of 2015. LPs, EPs, and splits. In alphabetical order:

  • Adult Mom – “Momentary Lapse Of Happily”
  • Annabel – “Having It All”
  • Beach House – “Depression Cherry”
  • Big Awesome – “Party On”
  • Blind Mice – “Sunday Songs”
  • Bong Mountain – “You’re Doin’ Great”
  • Drowse – “Soon Asleep”
  • Football, etc. – “Disappear”
  • Haybaby – “Sleepy Kids”
  • Island Of Misfit Toys – “I Made You Something”
  • Jennylee – “Right On!”
  • Kindling – “Galaxies”
  • King Woman – “Doubt”
  • Kind Of Like Spitting / Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers – “It’s Always Nice To See You”
  • Long Knives – “This Is Your Life”
  • mewithoutYou – “Pale Horses”
  • Pet Symmetry – “Pet Hounds”
  • Sheer – “Uneasy”
  • The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – “Harmlessness”
  • The Unlovables / Dirt Bike Annie – “Reunion Show”
  • Waxahatchee – “Ivy Tripp”

 

REVIEW: Football, etc. – “Disappear”

fbedFootball, etc. are a band that have consistently produced some of the most engaging examples of what indie and emo music have to offer. They definitely don’t seem to get the full credit they deserve. Especially in a world where everyone is content to be just another emo/punk band. There is something to be said for subtlety. There is something to be said for nuance. Football, etc. have plenty of both, and it makes for really good music.

Football, etc. has showed a great amount of growth over the years. They established their sound back in 2009, and have spent the intervening years perfecting it. They were a scrappy young band when First Down and their split with Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) came out. Disappear shows a band that has continually grown and refined their sound. Football, etc. have a sounded rooted in classic Midwestern emo, but they’ve become a cornerstone of the contemporary scene.

Disappear really solidifies that for me. It’s an EP that is really representative of what the band has done and can do. Lindsay Minton has gotten stronger as a vocalist, both in delivery and clarity. The added string section sounds on “Sweep” and “Open” add an interesting flavor to the sound. Everything else is pure Football, etc.. One of the best things about Disappear is the production. Football, etc. really made the right choice by working with J. Robbins.

This is a great EP from a great band. Football, etc. should be one of the biggest name in modern day indie and emo music. Let’s get on making that happen.

Football, etc.
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YEAR END! – Top Twenty Records Of 2013

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  • Laura Stevenson – “Wheel”
  • Football, etc – “Audible”
  • The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – “Whenever, If Ever”
  • Waxahatchee – “Cerulean Salt”
  • Nona – “Through The Head”
  • Lord Snow – “Solitude”
  • Save Ends – “Warm Hearts, Cold Hands”
  • Pity Sex – “Feast Of Love”
  • American Thunder Band – “Neither Here Nor Thayer”
  • Tiny Moving Parts – “This Couch Is Long & Full Of Friendship”
  • Lemuria – “The Distance Is So Big”
  • Dowsing – “I Don’t Even Care Anymore”
  • Belgrade – “Belgrade”
  • RVIVR – “The Beauty Between”
  • State Faults – “Resonate/Desperate”
  • Little Big League – “These Are Good People”
  • Mutual Benefit – “Love’s Crushing Diamond”
  • Rika – “How To Draw A River, Step By Step”
  • Radiator Hospital – “Something Wild”
  • Our Sunday Affairs – “Cave”

YEAR END! – Top Twenty EPs / Splits Of 2013

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  • Nobody, Ever – “This Wall Is Dedicated To Liam And His Mates”
  • All Dogs – “All Dogs”
  • The Island Of Misfit Toys – “Furiouser & Furiouser”
  • Adobe Homes / Innards – “Split”
  • These Branches – “Beliefs”
  • Best Practices – Sore Subjects
  • Late Night Beers – “Waking”
  • Lemuria – “Brilliant Dancer”
  • Dads – “Pretty Good”
  • Football, etc / Plaids – “Split”
  • Perfect Future – “Irrational, Malleable, Inevitable”
  • Sunday Guts – “Leave It Go”
  • Graves. – “We Could Stand Here, SIlent And Still”
  • Tyler Daniel Bean – “Everything You Do Scares Me”
  • Young Turks – “Where I Rise”
  • Self Defense Family – “You Are Beneath Her”
  • Abi Reimold / Infinity Crush – “Wish It Stopped (split)”
  • Iron Chic – “Spooky Action”
  • Dikembe / Pet Symmetry – “Split”
  • Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) / Malegoat – “Split”

REVIEW: Football, etc – “Audible”

So I know I just reviewed a Football, etc release a little over a month ago (specifically their split with Plaids), but we’re talking about them again. Coming off the strength of that split, we have their sophomore LP. Audible is everything I wanted a full length from this bands to be. I mean that without any hint of hyperbole.

When I reviewed their debut LP back in 2011, I was a little bummed on certain parts of the record. None of those things are issues here. One of the greatest improvements was on the production side of things. Teaming Football, etc up with Ed Rose was basically perfect. Everything sounds dynamic. Lindsay Minton’s vocals (and guitar) finally stand out. They are crisp and clear. That’s not to say the rest of the band doesn’t show up. Shit, everything sounds crisp and clear. Mercy Harper’s bass and Edward Reisner drums also shine.

What I’ve always liked about Football, etc is the songwriting. It has always stood out to me for how concise and exact it is lyrically. A lot of indie/emo bands tend to fall into overly elaborate lyrical traps. I have no problem with it really. It’s just a lot easier to connect to a lyrically straight forward song. “Blackout” and “Return” are perfect examples of this. Both are strong, and convey clear messages. I know it’s a weird thing to be stoked about. Why write a page when you can express your feelings in a paragraph?

In that spirit, I’ll cut to the chase. This is one of the best records of the year. Recently I’ve gotten a bit burned out of emo records. Football, etc got me out of that funk. They made a record that I could get really excited about. This should be right near the top of everyone’s lists.

Football, etc
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