Hoover
The Lurid Traversal of Route 7


4.5
superb

Review

by Killed4less USER (2 Reviews)
January 12th, 2008 | 33 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album that displays a perfection of the DC hardcore/Dischord Record style that wasn’t made by a band named Fugazi.

Lurid Traversal of Route 7 has been described as the most intense Dischord Records release ever and while I can’t claim to have heard every Dischord release I can say that this album does not lack in the intensity department. From the second the guitars join the interlocking drum and bass groove in Distant you know you’re in for one hell of a ride that doesn’t let up until the final cathartic screams in Cuts Like Drugs . Lurid Traversal of Route 7 is powerful and youthful yet it conveys such a level of emotional maturity. The album works as a coherent whole and dynamics play they’re part in the very way the tracks are ordered and because of this the album comes across as quite reserved at times but it’s always pulling you towards a crescendo. In regards to the track layout the album begins with arguable the most violent track on the album, Distant , and the following tracks keeps pummeling you drilling thick DC-style hardcore riffs into your head until you get to Route 7 , which is a calm instrumental that has the sound of crickets chirping played under a beautiful guitar and bass melody. From there the album then slowly builds up in intensity track by track until the album reaches its ultimate catharsis on Cuts Like Drugs .

Musically Hoover plays a traditional mid-tempo DC Hardcore style with drums and bass providing the core to every song while thick guitar riffs and anguished vocals complete the sound. Hoover has three different people do vocals throughout the album, not all at the same time, this isn’t Hot Cross or Circle Takes The Square, and while none of them are distinctly different it does provide for some variety in the vocals. You won’t be listening to the same shouts, screams and whispers for the entire album. Every track is distinct and complete on it’s own and there isn’t a boring track on the album. Some standout examples include the faster tempo aggression of Distant and Pretender , the soft to heavy build-ups in Electrolux and Cuts Like Drugs , the former featuring a noise-esque freak-out. Cable has trumpet playing in the background as a primary element in the song and uses that to break off into a jazzy section towards the end of the song. Father has one of the most addicting bass lines ever and Letter is almost six minutes of pure anguish.

Sure it would be easy to pass off Hoover as just another post-hardcore band in the vein of Fugazi but that would be to miss out on one of the most intense yet mature and dynamic albums to come from the DC scene. A must hear album if you're into post-hardcore.


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Killed4less
January 12th 2008


328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If anyone wants to hear some tracks from this or wants a link to the album AIM me at gr4nt908. I would post a link here but is that allowed?

kalkal50
January 12th 2008


2386 Comments


no links allowed :s
i will dl myself tyvm

SubtleDagger
January 12th 2008


737 Comments


I always thought the first track was so much better than the others but Hoover was still alright

Killed4less
January 12th 2008


328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah they're such an energy on the first track that the rest of the album somewhat lacks but there's still so much passion put into every track, at least in my opinion.

JordanS
January 13th 2008


319 Comments


Good review man, I can always listen to some Hoover.

Killed4less
January 13th 2008


328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks and yeah Hoover was a great band.

NortherlyNanook
January 13th 2008


1285 Comments


Huh. I guess I'll have to pick this up, seeing as how I'm a Dischord/Fugazi fanboi.

Killed4less
January 13th 2008


328 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If you're already a fan of this style of post hardcore you should try to get this as soon as you can.

jrowa001
January 13th 2008


8750 Comments


never heard of these guys. ill look into them

Fort23
January 13th 2008


2475 Comments


Really good band, this was probably their best release. review is solid too.

OliverCampbell
June 29th 2009


66 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This band/album needs more praise.

accompliceofmydeath
November 11th 2009


4218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is incredible.

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Willie
Moderator
July 27th 2010


15977 Comments


Great album. I was on last.fm trying to find bands similar to Fugazi and stumbled across these guys.

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WeepingBanana
March 4th 2011


10146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome

bungy
March 4th 2011


8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

omg diggin this so hard

ohfoxxxycole
February 17th 2012


4353 Comments


this sounds like the best thing ever

Spare
September 25th 2012


5308 Comments


p much is the best thing ever yea

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shrek
December 30th 2012


125 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fuck

Spare
December 30th 2012


5308 Comments


word

shrek
December 30th 2012


125 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

have you heard this yet spare? same bassist/vocalist and one guitar player from Hoover. So great

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpkVtzfZ0Ug



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