Indian Summer
Discography


4.5
superb

Review

by PuddleSplasher USER (2 Reviews)
May 21st, 2007 | 72 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Putting the art in cathartsis

Finish this sentence: That’s not real emo! If you want real emo listen to ________. Now, if you're anything like the majority of emo aficionados I've found on the internet, I’m assuming you answered with Indian Summer. When I first came upon these blogs recounting the full "history of emo" I considered myself a fan of the genre (mostly because the media listed the majority of bands I liked as emo) and so I decided to give the band a shot.

The first thing that caught my attention was that the only album by the band available for download was their discography. I found this very shocking, and thought that perhaps downloading all of their songs at once would be overwhelming, but after finally downloading the file, I found that there were in fact only 9 songs in the Indian Summer discography. And so, I wondered how a band could ever be so influential to anybody with just 9 songs in their recorded repertoire.

But then I decided to stop thinking, relax and just play the album. But relaxing to the music was hard to do. It was so dark and intense, but not in the conventional sense. I mean, I'd always thought that for music to be intense it had to be going at 100 miles per hour with 50 different things happening at once and the vocalist had to be screaming until his vocal cords burst, the drummer had to break his set, and the guitarists strings had to come undone. But, these guys were just playing a slow, blues riff and I could already understand how this was emo and stuff the media told me was emo could never dream to be this emotional.

As the riff slowly moved on and on, gaining more and more momentum, the train was in fact leaving and its destination would be my mind, causing it to explode. The lyrics may not have been that spectacular, ("I think your train is leaving/Looks like it may/I think you train is leaving/Train don’t leave/Don't leave") but I realized that wasn’t the point of the music. Each song could tell the same story without any of the lyrics. Still, the lyrics were relevant to give justification to the amazing vocals. Without the earnest yelps of "This is the moment/This is the moment/I am the angry son" "Angry Son" couldn't be the same song.

But the most awe-inspiring aspect of the music is how little influence they had to go on. According to the band's (posthumous) myspace, their main influences were Vodka, drugs, Oakland, poverty, and the bands Codeine, Slint, and Seam. While their sound may not be as impressive today as it was when it first came out thanks to bands who took their love of the fusion of post-rock and punk and were able to write more viable lyrics. But without Indian Summer and their insatiable discography there is no City of Caterpillar or Circle Takes the Square (to name a few).

It's hard to think of any more adjectives to continue to fellate this album, so I'll just be blunt and say this is a ***ing amazing album and you should probably download/find a copy as soon as possible.


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Jom
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2007


2682 Comments


I take it you're one of the regulars, but if not, welcome to the fold. I don't know why all those weird symbols were there for your apostrophes and quotation marks, but I went through and fixed them all... if you wrote this on Word, that probably explains it. It goes without saying that I haven't heard this, though.

Intransit
May 21st 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You spelled Catharsis wrong in your summary.

Other than that, good review for a first. Elaborate a bit more on the music next time, and you'll be straight. Welcome.

EDIT: Oh and this album is hardcore ear sex srsly

EDIT 2: I am an idiot. This Message Edited On 05.21.07

slep
May 21st 2007


1604 Comments


I've always wanted to check this out but never can find it. Good first review.

PuddleSplasher
May 21st 2007


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You spelled Catharsis wrong in your summary

That's weird. I spelled it "catharsis" in word, but spell check said it was "cathartsis" but, oh well.

I'll leave it until I can find a one-liner that can match that (even if that is incorrect).

Thanks and all that as well.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Indian Summer EDIT: WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

I said Moss Ison is way better than Indian Summer, the discogs real name is Science 1994, and the tracks are all untitled. But eh.

Indian Summer gets really boring really quick. They also have the worst lyrics everrrrrrr.This Message Edited On 05.21.07

Zmev
May 21st 2007


983 Comments


Blindian Blummer

iarescientists
May 21st 2007


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Indian Blunder

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Fixed it.

Zmev
May 21st 2007


983 Comments


MOSS ISON

iarescientists
May 21st 2007


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

MOSS I(AMTHEANGRY)SON

Slaapkamers
May 21st 2007


596 Comments


this is oldskoool emo i should download it for the awesome nonexistent cred

Zmev
May 21st 2007


983 Comments


Angry Son rules.

711
May 21st 2007


1341 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great album.

Intransit
May 21st 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No, Aiden is worse lyrically


londoncalling457
May 21st 2007


2607 Comments


This album is great, but I don't think it's a 4.5. I agree with Iluvatar, the lyrics can be pretty bad at some points.

cbmartinez
May 21st 2007


2525 Comments


Band rules. Lyrics rule.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
June 2nd 2007


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Angry Son" is one of the best emo songs of all time.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 2nd 2007


2125 Comments


"Angry Son" is amazing.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
November 27th 2007


3768 Comments


This is a really interesting listen. Awesome to see the roots of some of the bands around today, even if its a bit all over the place.

disill
November 5th 2008


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I must agree with the general consensus here.

Angry Son is incredible.



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