We Versus The Shark
Ruin Everything!


3.5
great

Review

by Tojes Dolan USER (33 Reviews)
March 6th, 2007 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: mathcore -harsh vocals + clean vocals + nintendo + female vocals = good

Note: This review was written with some misconceptions about certain music genres, but in no way reflects the opinion of the reviewer, which of course really likes and respects hardcore music, nonetheless has to work on this misinterpretations and prejudice in order to reel people into listening to this sexy band


I know that many people are just not into the mathematical hardcore music because, in the first place, some people are just not into music that’s nothing but guttural screams, and basically “wrah wrah gggggg wrah *chugga chugga duru duing duru diun csh csh*” in music. Then again, you can’t tell me that I’m a close minded little bitch because I’ve been listening to some hardcore lately, and I enjoy it, vastly.

Now, why do I rant about it? I felt like it. And because We Versus the Shark, a band from Athens, Georgia, brings us this really nice observation that would be, if it weren’t such a pretentious title, a ground-breaking album. How so? Well, think of Math Rock/metal bands. Think of The Dillinger Escape Plan. OK, now erase the vocals, and put there a much more… pleasant for the masses vocal member. Now, slow it down a bit, and add some Kelis. Now add some Madonna to it, and some Franz Ferdinand to the equation. That’s pretty much what this band sounds like, to be quite honest. Yes, it’s a weird mix, but it works stupidly well considering all the elements that make it a project per se.

The album begins with You don’t have to Kick it , starts with some semi-electronic “go-go’s” sung by a person and some electronic drum beats, breaks into a guitar riff, and back with all the band, in one of those super fancy odd time signatures kids nowadays love to use. The song has a lot of guitar breaks, which is a very hardcore-esque thing (I’M NOT SAYING EVERYWHERE IN HARDCORE IT JUST HAPPENS A LOT ALRIGHT) and well, overall diverse music vibes, except there’s no excessive volume in instruments. There is distortion sure, but it’s not deafening nor mutening for the instruments, it’s just the right amount of it. The song is also very dancey, so you can grab a girl and invite her to dance to the beat of the song. Lyrically it’s… odd. I mean, clearly wrote for dancing, I’m not denying, and despite I’m almost always against unnecessary repetition, it works nice here. As good as it gets is also a very energetic song. Same as the last one, but I have to point out I’ve always been a fanatic of the open-close hi hat sound, especially when well used. Well, the little section that has open-close hi hat sound in this song is nice. Ten uh clock uh heart uh tack begins slightly softer than the other two songs, but this one features vocal females. A nice change, I must say. This graceless planet has a very nifty intro. Slide has a very Nintendo-esque sound to it, but well it’s all in the synthesizers, which reminds me a lot of HORSE the band, in a good way. And so on… No flint No spark is also hardcore influenced, except for the vocals as I said before, and is also a high energy, nice song. I am your Idea as well, contains female vocals, and some random synthesizer’s sounds, and is again very soft compared to other songs in the album.

My intention is clearly to tell you what goes on each and every single one of the songs, nonetheless it’s nearly impossible to do so, since every song is so diverse within itself, it’d take me years to explain you what happens exactly on each song, as you might have guessed from the description of the song. So let’s do one thing. I’ll tell you what stands out on each song, and you just add to each the odd time signatures, the really, really god drumming, and the tremolo picked guitar sounds. And many breakdowns. This has more breakdowns than a goddamn ’77 chevy. With no electric doors or locks. And well, it mathematically makes sense in many ways. It must me named math rock for some reason, right? Well. I really like what I listen in the album because it makes sense in a very archaic way, yet it’s comprehensible to mortals who are not familiar with hardcore music, at least not enough to understand say, The Dillinger Escape Plan. The vibe is of course very dancey, and it’s up to the standards of bands like We are scientists or Franz Ferdinand, except of course this guys are new to the scene and what not. But I have to say there’s an evident lack of maturity, which clashes a lot with the musical proficiency of the band members. They are obviously great at playing music, and they are on a good way, but still they have to work on the concept of the band, if you want to get philosophical in order to get a more focused sound (even if focus means not making sense at all, or even better, make sense in an erratic, crazy way).

And well, lyrically it has it’s nice moments. There are no clichés [i]per se[/] along their lyrics, but there are some weird rhyming intentions that just don’t come through. But that’s nitpicking of course. Lyrics deliver. They are for the most part obscure as in, I-don’t-really-know-what’s-going-on-and-might-take-a-while-to-decipher, but they are of diverse subjects: Dance floors, accidents, kids playing. At least that’s what I can get out of the extreme spastic songwriting. But hey it kind of makes sense, considering the context the music takes you to…

So as you might have noticed, I like how eclectic this album is, and how eclectic the band itself is, and it is a great listen if you feel like analyzing it slowly, or just to sit down and well… listen to it. But as aI mentioned before, there’s still a lot to be worked on: Focus is very important, and well. That’s pretty much it. A great album I recommend you to listen if you don’t really have anything you want to listen currently, and looking for the benefits of mathcore without the grunts.


- tojes and assorted peeps



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The Jungler
March 6th 2007


4827 Comments


Really good review, it probably could use without all the personal pronouns though.
This sounds kind of cool, as I too am not generally a fan of guttural vocals.

edit: cool band name too.This Message Edited On 03.06.07

DFelon204409
Emeritus
March 6th 2007


3996 Comments


Wow, this sounds either good or the worst thing ever. Toolish band name because we all know that if there was a fight Bear versus Shark versus We Versus the Shark that BVS would win. Also, don't open the review like that. It makes you sound like a bitch, which may or may not be your intent.

Doppelganger
March 6th 2007


3124 Comments


Good review. I'm kind of interested in this. I like the Athens music scene (I'm from there).

Abaddon2005
March 6th 2007


684 Comments



Toolish band name because we all know that if there was a fight Bear versus Shark versus We Versus the Shark that BVS would win.


Sharks Keep moving > both

I pretty much agree with dfelon on the music though, this looks awesome the way it's described, but it could also turn out like crap. I'll check out some songs.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
March 6th 2007


3996 Comments


Sharks Keep Moving was always too bland for me. Good but not compelling. I dunno.

Doppelganger
March 6th 2007


3124 Comments


I just listened to a little bit off their myspace and from what I've heard, it doesn't really sound much like The Dillinger Escape Plan at all.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
March 6th 2007


3996 Comments


Ya I'm not getting any of the comparisons really. Where are the INSANE TIME CHANGES?@?!?!?!?!

trustxdialect
March 6th 2007


1502 Comments


The comparisons are all over the place. The Dillinger Escape Plan, Franz Ferdinand, and We Are Scientists?

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
March 6th 2007


4927 Comments


yeah sorry but I'm not exactly following with your comparisions either. Unless dillinger produced a really cheesey album recently with lame guitar work. And the female vocals are harsher than most bands.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
March 7th 2007


3996 Comments


[quote=IsItLuck?]Unless dillinger produced a really cheesey album recently with lame guitar work[/quote]

Grizzly Adams did have a beard.

Evidence: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=9585

Abaddon2005
March 7th 2007


684 Comments



Sharks Keep Moving was always too bland for me. Good but not compelling. I dunno.


yeah, they do have a cool name though.

Edit: The tracks I've heard from this sound pretty bland.. could use some more energy.This Message Edited On 03.07.07

TojesDolan
March 7th 2007


271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[quote=DFelon204409]Wow, this sounds either good or the worst thing ever. Toolish band name because we all know that if there was a fight Bear versus Shark versus We Versus the Shark that BVS would win. Also, don't open the review like that. It makes you sound like a bitch, which may or may not be your intent.[/quote]

Hi Nick, thanks for the feedback, and well... what can I say? I knew from the get go I was pretty much going to be between a sword and the wall because if I didn't point out the red text, I would've come up as a narrow-minded little bitch and a prick. If I did, I was going to come up as a little bitch too but who just cares about what his peers think of his opinion. So it was a lose-lose situation.

I hope that clears it up.

And no, obviusly sharks win the bears because bears fu‪cking drown like there was no tomorrow.
[quote=trustxdialect]The comparisons are all over the place. The Dillinger Escape Plan, Franz Ferdinand, and We Are Scientists?[/quote]
I think I pointed out the elements of each band apart enough: Imagine the dance-ish elements of Franz Ferdinand and We are scientists (yes like dace rock) and the technicality musically of DEP (guitar work mostly).
This Message Edited On 03.07.07This Message Edited On 03.07.07

Otisbum
January 5th 2009


1912 Comments


These guys love their song titles to start off with "I Am" don't they?
Looking at their 25 total songs (2 albums 1 EP), I count 8.

Anyway, downloading everything they've ever done in their lifetimes right now. Can't wait.

dcha
June 13th 2010


990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^^ I'm having trouble finding some things. Care to help?

dcha
June 13th 2010


990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm in between 3.5 and 4 *dance for me* so I'll just give it a 4. I really like *dance for me* this cd. Singer sounds a little silly, though. *dance for me*



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