Divide the Day
Pretty Girls With Ugly Boys


2.0
poor

Review

by Justin Taslak USER (30 Reviews)
August 15th, 2008 | 18 replies | 1,878 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The catchiest album you've never heard, with some of the worst vocals you'll ever hear if you do decide to give this a spin.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Divide the DayPretty Girls with Ugly Boys

At the time of recording, Divide the Day was (They are a Myspace band, so there is hardly any lineup info):
Joey – Vocals
Billy – Bass
Kevin – Guitar
Matt – Drums

There have frequently been times in my life where I’ve been infatuated by a band that nobody else around me seems to like, and then I’m hit by divine intervention, or something of the sort, and I realize the band is mediocre if not terrible. Divide the Day, a Southern California four-piece signed to Pluto Records, was one of those numerous bands I loved as a naïve youngster. They blended (they are now hardcore-country or something else equally ridiculous) punk and pop rock with hardcore tendencies and created some of the most unoriginal music around, that somehow managed to sound unique. Maybe it was because their vocalist effectively mixed the most dreadful singing and screaming you will ever hear into almost every song, or maybe and hopefully it was due to the fact that none of the songs on here sound the same.

This album is catchy to say the least, as it integrates a countless number of vocal hooks and simple, enjoyable riffs, backed by plain chorus-based song structures. Unfortunately, the riffs are restricted to the shortest arpeggios you’ll hear and blatantly obvious rip-offs. The Amazing Bro Basher 5000 (all track titles are this absurd) opens with an essentially shortened take on the opening bit of Unholy Confessions, and even worse, The Annexation of Puerto Rico opens with an even worse take on Bro Basher. Adding to a list of faults, without spending time explaining some non-existent bass, the drumming on this album is horrendous. Not only does every fill sound alike, but the also similar beats are overproduced to the point where they are far too prominent. It isn’t a sign of good things to come when the first thing one notices on a mainstream-influenced album is the bland drumming, but the band manages to overcome this blemish with the catchiness that ensues.

The lyrics here, which will be comprehended, are very straightforward and lacking metaphorically, encompassing relationship issues, people trying to be anything but themselves, and everything else mainstream pop-punk will oh so boldly delve into. The aforementioned awful vocals can be enjoyed, as there are moments of tremendously intense screaming and clean vocals creeping towards decent. They really do make use of almost every vocal hook I’ve ever heard, it’s just they do a very poor job. Some of the better moments though are when the heavier vocals and lighter ones are done simultaneously, resulting in plenty of adrenaline-inducing, melodic moments.

If one gives this album a spin for kicks, there are a multitude of enjoyable tracks on here, with very few sounding the same despite similar structure. The countless bridges are pulled off very climactically, and end up being some of the best sections on the album. There is enough vocal switching (heavy to clean and vice-versa) and differing melodic instrumental lines to keep Pretty Girls with Ugly Boys original within itself, yet it is apparent that everything here has been pulled off before across similar genres. The band gave acoustic work a shot with Strive and Those We Love the Most Never Truly Leave Us, and in essence fail because of the again god awful singing, although the main guitar bit and cymbal work in the latter is impressive in comparison with the rest of the album. There is even an instrumental track on here (with some harsh vocals at the very end), East Willock Road, that while lacking in intricacy is relaxing and a much needed break from the rest of the unnecessarily long album.

Divide the Day’s first effort isn’t impressive by any stretch, but it would have been a solid foundation for a promising career (assuming they didn’t completely change genres a year later). They played by the book and incorporated as many elements as one can to achieve mainstream popularity, while unfortunately being signed to a label that is anything but mainstream. The abundant flaws are shamefully evident, but when avoiding the urge to bash the band for them, there are plenty of fine tracks on this recording.

Their Myspace is currently featuring their newer works, so to check this album out you can look on iTunes or use file-sharing websites.

Pros:
Catchiness
Memorable guitar lines
Despite nothing too epic, there are some fitting climactic moments for the genre.
Although the band is fairly generic, the album is pretty well varied, with an instrumental track and a couple of acoustic tracks.

Cons:
Vocals – The singing is bad and the screaming is a higher-pitched Atreyu circa Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses
Drumming
Where’s the bass at?
Simple song structure
Album has too many songs
Obnoxious song titles

Recommended Tracks:
File This Under Great Ideas At The Time
Jesus Is Coming…Look Busy
We Don’t Mean To Impose, But We’re A Hit In This Week’s Gossip Column
Everybody In Florida Wears Running Shoes

Tracks That Fail:
!Totally Outrageous Por Favor! – This almost made my ears bleed. It has some of their current country sound, and quite possibly the worst solo ever recorded.
The Amazing Bro Basher 5000
Strive

Score: This can be enjoyable if you can stand the vocals, but it isn’t very good overall. 2.5/5



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bustyagunz
August 15th 2008



911 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

So I actually spent more time on the Recommended Tracks and Tracks That Fail than i did on the rest of this review...
and due to a personal attachment it was hard to give this less than a 3, but i think 2.5 is accurate.

SHOOTME
August 15th 2008



2393 Comments


nice review, you are so much better than me by a long snot.

bustyagunz
August 15th 2008



911 Comments

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haha nah dont say that, i really enjoy your reviews.
thanks though =D

SHOOTME
August 15th 2008



2393 Comments


Thanks man, but you really cannot convince me to like my reviews. I pretty much think I suck, but I am pretty proud of my new Tool review, even though Chan has already panned it.

bustyagunz
August 15th 2008



911 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

i dont think my reviews are good either, its just something when you read something youve written, it sounds terrible no matter how well youve written it.
i get nervous that i messed something up that someone is gonna bash me with, but in this case i just let loose because nobody has heard this.

bustyagunz
August 15th 2008



911 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I should probably stop writing negative reviews for bands I want people to listen to....

superfascist
August 15th 2008



118 Comments


I saw these guys live once, after having only heard one of their songs. That one song was cool, but I was kinda disappointed, because everything else they played was way different and a lot less interesting.

Oh, and I didn't think the vocals were that bad really. This Message Edited On 08.15.08

bustyagunz
August 15th 2008



911 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Yea, i dont either, but they are, and i just had to accept that.
more, the singing sucks, but i love the screaming that im sure most people will hate, as it sounds like he is regurgitating knives.

Fire Away
August 15th 2008



293 Comments


lolololololol @ tracklist

InsertTacosHere
August 15th 2008



153 Comments


I haven't heard this album, I just had to say that it takes the cake for the worst band name and album name ever. And I like how you immediately identify them as a Myspace band. That's really all anyone need to know.

bustyagunz
August 15th 2008



911 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

is that a good or bad thing that I did?
lolol

astrel
August 15th 2008



2614 Comments


the drumming, from what I have heard, is pretty fail.

bustyagunz
August 15th 2008



911 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Yes, complete fail, save for one song, which is minor fail.
There is actually evident bass on 2 of these 14 songs, so I was off when i said it was completely absent.

InsertTacosHere
August 17th 2008



153 Comments


I think it's a good time that you identified them as a Myspace band. That made me like 96% certain that I would hate them. And after giving them a shot (I mean, WWJD?), I stand by my initial impression. These guys should be shot.

InsertTacosHere
August 17th 2008



153 Comments


I think it's a good time that you identified them as a Myspace band. That made me like 96% certain that I would hate them. And after giving them a shot (I mean, WWJD?), I stand by my initial impression. These guys should be shot.

bustyagunz
August 17th 2008



911 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

hahaha
yea, and their new stuff is even worse
i just have a personal attachment from middle school, i might drop this down to a 2.

Dylan620
March 26th 2010



1015 Comments


Their newer singles are more mainstream rock than post-hardcore - just listen to "One Night Stand," no band has ever made a sloppier Nickelback imitation than that song. "Let It Roll" is a bit better, though.

idkpokeit
July 1st 2012



433 Comments


Ugh.



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