Jeromes Dream
Completed


4.5
superb

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
March 12th, 2007 | 153 replies | 14,184 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A emotional and youthful journey of "screamo" proportions.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

So you think your new Devin Townsend record leaks of glorious emotion? The pinnacle of your lyrical appreciation is Tool's "Lateralus"? The most engaging live band you have ever seen is The Mars Volta? Welp, congratulations on being a typical white male. But no need to be self-conscious, I'm here to inform you of a band that'll give you all the respect and knowledge you need to seem like a sophisticated individual. Plus, this band is really ***ing weird so you'll garnish some praise from those indie kids jerking off to the new leak of "Neon Bible". The name of the band is Jerome's Dream and the release I'll be discussing compiles their complete discography. Yeah, Jerome's isn't the kind of band that makes you collect all of their 50 pressed vinyl releases. No, they are willing to throw all of their recorded efforts, including demos and live performances, onto one all-inclusive, career-spanning disc. Now that we know JD is all about their fan’s happiness, let's imagine their live show. Imagine fifty-second spurts of technicality in the form of screamo-based math rock with wails of emotion heard clearly without a microphone. Sure, Omar and Cedric sure know how to dance, but JD's vocalist Jeff Smith was reportedly known for coughing up masses of blood during his performances from the stress of his vocal technique. If that's not devotion to a sound, I really don't know what is. In terms of ethics of the band, you wouldn’t have seen them spotlighting any arenas, no. Jerome's Dream was a band that played anywhere they could for whoever they could. Perhaps a testament to this fact is that one of the only remaining videos of their live performance was shot at a skate park, the band playing with a ramp for a stage. Jerome's Dream’s legacy is in a sense the perfect encapsulation of everything that is youth -- Fiercely independent, fiercely aggressive, and emotionally over the top. Jerome’s Dream was one of the best bands that have ever emerged from the genre of "screamo", and in my opinion the music scene at large.

I guess before I start discussing the actual album I should first discuss Jerome's Dream’s sound. First off, forget everything you know about "screamo:" this isn't your typical record. Imagine combining the doom aggression of crust bands like His Hero is Gone with the passionate stylings of Orchid and you have a sense of what the rhythm section of this group sounds like. Even then, JD's drummer is as spastic and tight as a combination of those two bands. Guitarist Nick runs through an ever changing list of influences from straight up spazz rock to post-rock sections resembling Slint or any of the other early 90s post-rock dynamos. In a sense, the actual hardcore element isn't very prevalent in Jerome's music. At the same time, however, it is. The point I'm trying to get across is that they are an entirely unique band that combines a slew of underground genres into one solid block of noise that is at times offensive, and at times delicate. Then there are Jeff's vocals, some of the most inhuman noises I've ever heard (sans the Presents EP which represents the first tracks on this record). Jerome's Dream's lyrics resemble Off Minor's or Minutemen's in the sense that they are simple cuts of knowledge that resemble haikus. They are brilliantly written and part of the reason I adore the band so much. Brilliant lines like "so let's keep playing that song / the one that ends it all. " are found in nearly every song.

The first few tracks on "Completed" come from the "Presents" EP, which features an entirely different sound than the rest of Jerome's Dream's recordings. First off, Jeff apparently had lost his voice by this recording, and so instead of his typical yelp you hear some weird talk/yell sound that is heavily distorted. After the track "Double Who? Double You!" we are thrown into the realm of what Jerome's Dream truly sounds like. Most of the work the band released was apparently produced by Kurt Ballou, so his dense and analogy style is all over the band. The guitars go from being chunky and heavy to airy and beautiful, and the vocals are recorded in a way similar to Gospel's on "The Moon Is A Dead World." The vocals are present, but they are not very prevalent in the mix. The most easily comparable band in my mind, in terms of actual styling of the record, though not sonically in any way, is the Minutemen. The songs are quick, similar, and all seem to represent the same type of pissed off attitude. With the Minutemen this was usually accented with political undertones, while with Jerome's Dream the songs are burning with the fury of youth. Even the titles of the songs reek of high school with tracks like "Just Down The Hall From Room 526," and the spoken word intro of "Remember The Sea Of Tranquility." Every song on this album deals with some repressive idea of youth, and it is obvious the band is seeking a form of solace and release through their music. For those who connect with the band, myself included, this same solace is released through simply listening to such personal and emotive tales.

The only problem I see with this album is the same problem I have with most discographies: it is not very fluid. Since the songs found here are taken from various albums, you have songs interjecting into each other that don't represent the original intended flow. This issue is miniscule in my mind because of the shortness of Jerome's songs, but I can see it being an issue to some listeners.

"Completed" is an excellent reflection of youth and probably one of the best "screamo" records I've ever heard. Their desire to be original and inventive and their sheer talent helped the band achieve a one-of-a-kind sound that has yet in my mind to be matched in its sincerity and technicality. So, pick up "Completed" and maybe instead of complaining about how "there was a time when the pieces fit," you'll actually be able to see some of your own emotion in the words and rhythms of such a personal band. Or maybe I'm alone in my strange relation to this bizarre ensemble of noise and screams.



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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 12th 2007



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like the Presents part of this more than the rest, even if his voice sucked there.

edit: where is the footage of that live show?This Message Edited On 03.12.07

The Jungler
March 12th 2007



4827 Comments


I haven't alot to say about this band/screamo in general, but this was a real good review.

TheMisterBungle
March 12th 2007



861 Comments


I was thinking about getting this and REVIEWING this.
It's two discs though I believe.This Message Edited On 03.12.07

trustxdialect
March 12th 2007



1502 Comments


To paragraph this band to describe this review: What Other Adjective Would You Have Me Use for the Word Good?

I do want to pick this up, so I assume it's in stores? And all the songs are in order of album release or are they just put together?

cbmartinez
March 12th 2007



2525 Comments


Despite the strange vocals, band is pretty neat.

711
March 12th 2007



1342 Comments


Amazing band. Great review as well, I agree with most everything you said about JD.
I would love to have this discography..

Syncratic
March 12th 2007



756 Comments


Good review, I'll be sure to check this out...

pixiesfanyo
March 12th 2007



1222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was thinking about getting this and releasing this.

It's two discs though I believe.

Yeah. I own it....

TheMisterBungle
March 12th 2007



861 Comments


Damn.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
March 12th 2007



2125 Comments


Good work and good record. Like cb said, the vocals are really strange.

Intransit
March 12th 2007



2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've heard that the vocalist somehow didn't use a microphone to record. Any truth to that?


pixiesfanyo
March 13th 2007



1222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They put the mic on the floor for recordings.

trustxdialect
March 13th 2007



1502 Comments


oh right I knew I had read it somewhere. I thought wikipedia or something.This Message Edited On 03.12.07

pixiesfanyo
March 13th 2007



1222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, that's covered in my review.


DFelon204409
Emeritus
March 13th 2007



3995 Comments


I always thought this was the band that's the same as every other emo band except with weird vocals. Now I feel like they're different than every other emo band but with weird vocals. Is this really that good?

pixiesfanyo
March 13th 2007



1222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like it. But I'm gay.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
March 13th 2007



3995 Comments


Perplexing conundrum then.

team7disorder
March 13th 2007



40 Comments


enjoyable. also some of the most hilarious and ridiculous vocals ever. love it. good review.

711
March 18th 2007



1342 Comments


http://youtube.com/watch?v=t_a5pkwm5bM

iamrockzorz
June 21st 2007



1029 Comments


It's good. I put it on and then was like "wtf" then all these dogs came to my window barking and shit and then i was like "werd..."



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