The Blood Brothers
Burn Piano Island, Burn CD - ARTISTdirect
Where has punk gone? MTV maybe? Commercial
radio perhaps? Punk is everywhere these days, except for the
underground. It’s now a culture, and a marketing tool.
But the question is, what is the next incarnation for punk?
The Hives? Avirl Lavigne? I certainly hope not. I would put
my money on the band The Blood Brothers. These guys were signed
to the same label that housed The Locust and Cattle Decapitation,
so you know it’s nothing commercial (yet). Now the Blood
Brothers will get their crack at some good money supporting
them with ARTISTdirect. ¶ Burn Piano Island, Burn
fuses the extreme vocal styling of grindcore, and the clean
whiney vocals that’s popping up more and more. Assisted
by the scraping guitar sound and bottom friendly drum sound,
The Blood Brothers bring their oddball antics to a new level.
Now don’t expect something like The Hives or The Strokes,
because there’s nothing to compare. Those bands are like
glam-rock for indie bands, and The Blood Brothers are raw, brutal,
and weird. ¶ With the help of veteran hit-maker Ross Robinson,
who brought the comeback of Vanilla Ice (yes, that is heavy
sarcasm), they brought a thick multi-dimensional sound that
allows the odd timing and changes to come through clearly, not
boosting the production to something you would see on MTV though.
And what punk album wouldn’t be complete without crazy
ass song titles. Try the grinding intro “Guitarmy”
or “Six Nightmares At The Pinball Masquerade.” Basically
picture Faith No More, The Refused and Brutal Truth. (Jim Mills)
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