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I for-fucking-got just how good this album is.
I only got to see them once not long before they split up and I think Jordan was pretty ill so wasn't on great form. But spet a long time absolutely obsessed with them.
I'll start (as I'm sure it's gonna come up...)
B,PIB >> C > MOEC > YM > TAIR > RLW
I know most people will probably put Young Machetes higher, and fourth doesn't mean I don't like it, but I guess I was just so attached to the others by the time it came out. Still a cracking album.
Had a really cool t-shirt as well which I've annoyingly lost.
They really were kings of batshit lyrical nonsense. Celebrator and Devastator are my faves off of Crimes.
I JUST WANNA JOIN THE PPAAARRRTTTTAAYYYYY
I wish they'd all gone on to do other excellent things though.
But that second album...
Head Wound City are brilliant though which is Jordan, Nick Zinner, Justin Pearson, I think Gabe Serbian too which I may be wrong about, Neon Blonde have some good songs
twice on the burn piano island burn tour, which was massively brilliant. i miss them.
one of my best memories is screaming the lyrics to new york slave at one of their cockpit gigs :D
As in, someone who really likes 'Love Rymes With Hideous Car Wrecks' but maybe isn't generally into stuff like this quite so much... Is much of their other stuff like this? Am I going to like their albums? I know I can try them on for size on spotify but right now I'm lazy and I want a second opinion first
the first two are ballsy punk type stuff -think Head Wound City but lower budget. Johnny's vocals are a lot more nasal and obnoxious. Burn, Piano Island, Burn! is a bit of a transition. If you can handle the screaming, it's sort of 'art-punk' loathe as I am to use that term, but it's great.
Crimes isn't really like Love Rhymes except for maybe Live At The Apocalypse Cabaret. It's worth listening to as it's got a bit of everything.
Young Machetes is Johnny's album, Jordan's shifted much to the back which I don't like. It's very different to the rest of their stuff - I think if you like Love Rhymes this might be more for you. It's much less hardcore then their previous stuff with the exception of Johnny Ripper which is Jordan's only real song.
If you're into punk/hardcore and that stuff, they are defo worth a listen. If you're not really, check out Crimes and Young Machetes. They're such a unique band anyway so you will find something you like
genuinely heartbroken when they called it quits. One of my favorite bands still to this day. I remember when Crimes came out, it was their first record I had got my hands on and it totally blew everything away that I was listening to at the time. I wouldn't be so fond of heavier music today if it weren't for that record. Having said that, I actually think it's one of their weaker releases and truly believe that Young Machetes is a perfect record/their greatest achievement as a band. Oddly enough, I was actually underwhelmed when it was released but over the years, I grew to have nothing but the utmost respect for it as a final record.
but the process was incredibly rewarding. Always loved 'Love Rhymes With Hideous Carwreck' and just persisted with Crimes till it stuck. Maybe my favourite album now.
Burn, Piano Island Burn - utter Fucking destruction.
Crimes - Destruction of something beautiful. Some of the weirdest pop songs I've ever heard, buried beneath lyrical and compositional madness.
The lyrics aren't nonsense btw, they're fantastic.
Young Machetes - like a Blood Brothers major label debut. Really pushed their sound to the outer limits and sounded more 'anthemic' than their previous stuff. Lost none of the madness for me, but I can see why some people thought they'd gone off the deep-end with this. I fucking love it.
Tragedy they disappeared. They were never gonna make that kind of racket their whole career, but I'd have loved to watch them evolve into a less abrasive, maybe weirder mainstream act. Sadly not to be.
I first heard Ambulance Vs Ambulance on a rock sound comp. Thought it was mental; bought Burn, Piano Island, Burn on the strength of that one song. I remember being incredibly creeped out by USA Nails first time I heard it and I struggled to listen through all of Burn in one sitting. It was just abrasive and unhinged (I pretty much only listened to Epitaph and Fat Wreck bands back then).
It actually sounded like they were destroying hardcore. Difficult to describe it really. Nothing has come close in being like them, which shows just how unique their music was.
I found the first two albums the hardest to get into.
Their original sound was a lot different I reckon.
Got into March on Electric Children after Burn and This Adultery is Ripe and found them both abrasive and chaotic, but more in the line of hardcore punk rock that I'd been listening to before, albeit more high-pitched and twisted.
Rumours is scrappy as fuck, but still great.
Love how they evolved into this completely different beast though. I found Young Machetes particularly rewarding and a great summing up of their entire sound from everything they've done over the years.
I thought they easily eclipsed Neon Blonde & Jaguar Love. Maybe not as good as Head Wound City, but still.
In response to the OP, Crimes is staggering. 'Rats and Rats...' was the song that won me round to the album (and subsequently the rest of their catalogue).
Jaguar Love - only heard the first album, saw them live and they were excellent but kind of never bothered after that.
Crimes was solid, but the 'heavier' parts sound a bit anaemic/flat in comparison to BPIB. Definitely an interesting album though.
I really struggle with Young Machetes past about the first 3 tracks, find the mastering on it strips the band of some of its dynamic and wears my ears out. That said 'Set Fire to the Face on Fire' is one of my favourite BB songs.