Verse En Coma
Rialto


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
August 20th, 2008 | 26 replies | 11,302 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Verse En Coma represents Malady and City of Caterpillar's future.

Verse En Coma represents Malady and City of Caterpillar's future. Featuring 3/4ths of the original City of Caterpillar line up as well as 3/5ths of Malady, 'Rialto' was a record most have been looking forward to for a very long time. In early 2006 with the release of the track 'Young Ones' (which has now been renamed as 'In a Factory) it was obvious that Verse En Coma was clearly tonally in line with Malady. What Verse En Coma does differently though is remove the post-hardcore sounds that are present in Malady and instead embraces the more alternative and grungy side of that band. Saying that Richmond and its surrounding areas are essentially playing grunge filtered post-rock is certainly not going to win them any new admirers, but I'm sure the bands could really care less. Verse En Coma is a lyrical reminiscent journey that is in sharp contrast to Malady's themes. Malady represented the desolation of the rural nature of areas like Richmond where Verse En Coma embraces that nature and happily plays in fond memories of growing up in those areas. 'In a Factory' perfectly accents this telling the story of two lovers who find love at a small workplace with the band seemingly celebrating their rebellious blue collar nature. Malady's other half went on to join the group Pygmy Lush who certainly sonically represent Neil Young and Bob Dylan much more than Verse En Coma, but the lyrical themes of Verse En Coma are so strongly reminiscent that the group seems to be clear fans of the heart on sleeve styles of Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

In terms of Verse En Coma sonically, think Malady yet much softer. The strong shoegaze influence that Malady brought to the City of Caterpillar sound is present with Verse En Coma, but the places where the band should break heavy are replaced by even prettier sections like the conclusion of opener 'Through Ice Patches and Pine Trees'. 'Tiny Speakers' has a beautiful group vocal section that adds an even more intense layer to its conclusion. A key part that makes the sound of Verse En Coma a successful change is Ryan Parrish whose drum performance on 'Rialto' is absolutely amazing. The plodding post-punk of 'Disappearing Glaciers’ is cut extremely well with Parrish essentially playing fills over the entirety of the verse. His heavier more dynamic playing on 'In a Factory' makes that track such a successful anthem. Without the return of Parrish to this trio of players its doubtful Verse En Coma's new sound would sound as good as it does. On other important sound adjustments the guitar playing here is much more airy than Malady. Malady's debut had a strong devotion to riffs where as Verse En Coma sees the band instead playing hardcore tainted post-rock instead of the other way around. What is most surprising is that by switching to less hardcore oriented music that band has become even more unique with their only comparison in my mind being 2008's critical darlings Have a Nice Life. I guess the sound that Verse En Coma and Have a Nice Life both share comes from both bands having members that were previous involved with post-hardcore projects and are now attempting to do something that is more alternative and punk based. Whatever is the case 'Rialto' is a fine example of how to make an alternative rock record.



Recent reviews by this author
Pygmy Lush Old FriendsPharoahe Monch W.A.R.
My Disco Little JoyBlack Milk Album Of The Year
Sun Kil Moon Admiral Fell PromisesFlying Lotus Cosmogramma
user ratings (32)
Chart.
3.8
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 20th 2008



3995 Comments


The tracks that I've listened to online a pretty good. With this kind of stuff in the past I've liked some melodies and been unattached to others. We'll see how this settles.

honourosis
August 20th 2008



63 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i want this baddd

Killed4less
August 20th 2008



328 Comments


Wow Pixies, awesome triple reviews. This in particular really intrigues me and the two songs on their myspace were excellent. Definitely checking this out.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 20th 2008



16081 Comments


the best album of the "triple attack"

Jom
Staff Reviewer
August 21st 2008



2634 Comments


I featured this and then it got unfeatured :confused:
It probably has to do with your summary. I understand it's a triple threat or whatever, but could you accommodate mx if at all possible?

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 21st 2008



15727 Comments


JARED W. DILLON DOES NOT CONFORM

Digging: Alvvays - Alvvays

kitsch
August 21st 2008



5107 Comments


does anyone know where i can get this? cant find it on slsk or the blogosphere

kitsch
August 21st 2008



5107 Comments


nvm, just found last train to cool

iarescientists
August 21st 2008



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol last train to cool

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 21st 2008



3995 Comments


So ya this is cooler than I initially assumed based off of myspace stuff. Digging it.

Fort23
August 21st 2008



2474 Comments


L O FUCKING L LAST TRAIN TO COOL OW!This Message Edited On 08.21.08

brandtweathers
August 21st 2008



2007 Comments


^ha
you had to edit your dorkness

SnackaryBinx
August 21st 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the second I read City of Caterpillar, I know I need to check this out.

NortherlyNanook
August 24th 2008



1285 Comments


If that's so, you should probably check out Malady, also in the TRIPLE THREAT.This Message Edited On 08.24.08

cleary21
September 21st 2008



671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i heard this today and i thought it was solid, not entirely sure how to classify it though.

iarescientists
October 18th 2008



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i've listened to in a factory like everyday for the past month and i told other people it was a good song and they listened to it

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
October 18th 2008



3762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really really like this, it's just different from the usual stuff in the genre

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

iarescientists
October 18th 2008



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what genre woul dhtat be hmmmmmmmm

i bet you don't even know and you're just talking from the top of your hat

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
October 18th 2008



3762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the genre of pretty f'uckin' awesome. and if you've got an issue with my hat im gonna have to take you outside and give you a whopin >: (

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2008



16081 Comments


While I must include this in the general "fucked up" blanket of genre atm This is a hardcore band making sort of soft hardcore if I am to give an honest midaugust rating in general atm



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy