Kidcrash
Jokes


4.5
superb

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
July 19th, 2007 | 515 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beautiful blend of every single emo band I can name drop. Besides maybe Gospel. Oh wait the drummer kills.

I don’t really know what there is to say about Kidcrash’s “Jokes” besides the fact that it is one of the finest emo albums of the past year. I guess I could start the review out with some kind of abstract relation like they’re a combination of Off Minor’s spazzed out math sound and the early Slint swiping groups like Maximillian Colby. But, Kidcrash really lacks the dynamic persuasion of those bands. It is obvious that the band was formally a big fan of the Kinsella projects and in more appropriate terms the entire mid-west emo sound, but they also seem to riff into heavy chord sections that are reminiscent of the current European emo sound that bands like Daitro and Sed Non Satiata are pushing. I suppose I’ll resort to describing Kidcrash as a band that seems to mesh all of the current trends in emo into one insanely well-made package.

The album opens up with the lengthy intro of “Turtlelephant” which almost makes the band seem like they’re going to be exchanging Don Caballero style swells but then the vocally dense screams push their way into the song and the mood is changed into some sort of late ‘90s hardcore song. It is a brilliant strategy that Kidcrash essentially works the entire album. Where a band like Off Minor uses its math rock or jazz influence to create huge increases of sound and large decreases into silent beauty, Kidcrash does not possess this dynamic persuasion in their music. Instead most of the time Kidcrash relies on exploiting the crazy technical side of their music which means they’re basically never playing the same note through out the entire album. The band certainly isn’t “Hot Crossing” all over the album but they are making extreme benefit of the idea that every note should trigger a specific harmony and in most cases it works fantastically. Highlights on the album include the completely instrumental “Kissed By A Roach From The Grave” and the supposed epic “Aconduit Rather Than A Vault”.

Perhaps the main flaw in Kidcrash’s sound isn’t even something it can control due to its obvious low budget. The production and mixing on this album seem very unattractive in assisting the brilliant sounds the band is creating. With a group like Jerome’s Dream the complete amateur sound of the record helped the band create extremely dense, depressing technical pieces. But, Kidcrash isn’t really playing a very dense sound; they would be much more successful if they were given some more lush, refined production that helped the gorgeous tones on this record flourish. Sure, some of the songs on the album can get a little stale due to the seemingly lack of dynamics but this is just a minor gripe as most of the material on this album is brilliant. Due to the lacking of crescendo based cathartic releases the album is given in my opinion a more beneficial replay value because every song has various trigger moments that are extremely enjoyable. Instead of one ultimate pay off there are a series of smaller but just as enjoyable sections.

With “Jokes” Kidcrash has insured themselves a large amount of press from the underground hardcore scene which will probably place them in the ranks of a band like Ampere or Daitro who are at the forefront of the genre. So, if you really want to be hip with all those internet suave emo realists, I suggest you give this album a look.



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DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 19th 2007


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I don't agree with the dynamics stuff. I agree with the produciton aspects. The production isn't bad but just makes the album feel homogeneous. Everything about the music is awesome but it's the same awesome throughout the whole 40+ minutes, which is unfortunate. Where a band like Off Minor will have 1-minute chaotic messes against, 3 minute catchier songs, and 5 minute brooding epics, this is all sort of the same sound on songs of varying lengths. With that said though I'm still really really happy with this. Don't know if I'm going to review it myself or not. If anything if you don't staff pickt his soon I will.

pixiesfanyo
July 19th 2007


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't think I even know how to staff pick.

The group vocals on Ron Ghousley's are so subtly brilliant.

And I don't care what you say they certainly lack the power of dynamic bands. I mean its not like they're straight volume the whole album. It just seems they are clearly not striving to create these epic crescendos and such and are instead just creating these plodding sections that fold in and out on each other. Its not really a negative dynamically, I was trying to prove the difference between them and Off Minor.

pixiesfanyo
July 19th 2007


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I guess basically what I'm saying is every song isn't a giant build up to some cathartic explosion. Its more based around this really trigger moments. Kinda reminds me of Dowsing in that respect.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 19th 2007


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Well then in that case 12345. Why didn't you put that in the review. That's a really good way to think of the music and is a pretty admirable trait in its own way.

GleamInRanks
July 19th 2007


298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not sure what I would rate this but it's a great album. I love how the guitarists tend to use mellow tones with their distortion but it still comes off as being aggressive. One of my favorites this year.

Fort23
July 19th 2007


2475 Comments


great album.

Abaddon2005
July 19th 2007


684 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Got back from vacation and yay, and interesting album! I'll look into this.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 19th 2007


2125 Comments


This is really good stuff. They remind me a bit of a local band called To The North.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 19th 2007


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Here's the link if you all wanna check it out: tinyurl.com/2p6mw3

plane
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2007


6094 Comments


Yeah, this is really, really good. I don't know about a rating yet but more than likely just .5 off from Nick's!

btw thanks for recommending itThis Message Edited On 07.19.07

francesfarmer
July 20th 2007


1477 Comments


You all honestly listen to some pretty fucking gay shit.

iamrockzorz
July 20th 2007


1029 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And we're proud of it. This is pretty damn good.

Cadaveric
July 20th 2007


152 Comments


can someone im me the last track?


DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 20th 2007


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Here's a video of "Turtlelephant." The sound is really good until the drumming comes in. It seems that causes most of the distortion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8FUFzOQ43Q&mode=related&search=

Also, Cadavertic you can just IM me @ DFelon204409.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 21st 2007


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I can't stop listening to this album. Unless something comes along and blows this out of the water this will probably be my album of the year. Jesus. I'm falling harder for this than I did for The Pax Cecilia.

pixiesfanyo
July 21st 2007


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, it is pretty fantastic. Definitely up there with Tartar Lamb Shels Coco Rosie and Battles.

pixiesfanyo
July 22nd 2007


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think this is bumped to a 4.5. Just a fantastic fantastic blend of everything I love in hardcore.

Abaddon2005
July 22nd 2007


684 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I wish that they had put the vocals a bit more in front in the mix, he's really too far back. I mean the added vocal samples on the Tera Melos s/t are almost as loud as these.

iamrockzorz
July 23rd 2007


1029 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This cd is just plain terrible.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 24th 2007


3995 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Let's talk more about this album. I'm having a hard time seeing any other album usurp this as my album of the year.



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