The Blood Brothers
...Burn, Piano Island, Burn


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
July 22nd, 2005 | 219 replies | 28,109 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


After releasing two good albums, The Blood Brothers went onto record what is seen by many as their most solid album to date. With their signature two vocalist attack, clever lyrics and wierd range of sounds mixed in with heavy doses of angst, The Blood Brothers are one of few new Hardcore/Punk bands who can claim to be unique. In fact, it really is a hard task to try and put the band into a category.

The Blood Brothers

Johnny Whitney - Vocals, Keyboards, Glockenspiel, Acoustic Guitar
Jordan Billie - Vocals
Morgan Henderson - Bass, Piano, Synth
Cody Votalato - Guitar, Bass
Mark Gajadhar - Drums

This Adultery Is Ripe was a plan for how The Blood Brothers were going to sound. By the time they had released March on Electric Children and Burn Piano Island, Burn, they really knew what ehey were doing. The great thing about The Blood Brothers is that they can match the intensity of the craziest bands out there, including metal bands. But while their music has this intensity, it is full of melody, clever and witty lyrics and complex and techinical rhythms. On the top of this is Johnny Whitney's unique, intense and humerous vocals. The lyrics of Burn Piano Island, Burn switch between the odd but clever ("Melting on the shore inside a flame snow globe" ) and the downright silly and funny ("With a face like that you're never ever gonna make it big" ). The interplay between the two vocalists is nothing short of incredible and with these lyrics, the songs couldn't be better. The best part about this music is that within the insanity and chaos of the music, there are tons of catchy hooks and melodies. A great example is the standout "USA Nails". Whitney screams at the top of his voice, "1-900 USA!!", a line which sticks in the listeners head forever, as well as the main guitar riff from the song.

Burn Piano Island, Burn acheives something many bands never acheieve in their entire careers. The album manages to have 12 songs which are never bad. At the same time, there are quite a few standout points throughout the album. The intro track, the very short "Guitarmy" is one of the albums best with Whitney and Billie screaming such rebellious and hilarious lyrics (Do you remember us? We wrapped your Corvette in cellophane, set it aflame) and the band's muscians belting out great riffs and rhythms in perfect sync with each other. Also making great use of occasional keyboards, Johnny Whitney plays some cool electric piano riffs throughout the album (most notably on the closer, "The Shame" ). As well as chaotic screaming with every band member thrashing the hell out of their voices and instruments, The Blood Brothers make some truly excellent sing along choruses such as "laaaa la la la la la la la" on "God Bless You Blood Thirsty Zeppelins" and "I seeeee Your wife and children..." on "Ambulance vs. Ambulance". Lines like these can be sung and stick in the listener's head. Never taking themselves as seriously as most screamo bands, The Blood Brothers acheive amazing results. The album closer, "The Shame" ends as an epic and makes the album seem like it's been building towards that since the beginning. In actual fact, it's an album full of great songs that flows together and will hopefully one day be known as one of the best Hardcore albums ever made.

Pros
Good mix of sounds in every song
Great lyrics
The band are amazingly tight, the two vocalist trick works very well

Coms
A bit more softer stuff to make the intensity stand out more would have been good


Reccomended Tracks
Ambulance vs. Ambulance
USA Nails
The Shame

FINAL RATING: 4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
masada
July 23rd 2005



2733 Comments


Great review, br3ad! :thumb:

I've been waiting for this review. As soon as I saw it, I was thinking "yaaaaaaaaaaaay!". The Blood Brothers are greatness.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 23rd 2005



2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man. I might do "March On Electric Children" after I buy it on picture disc.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 23rd 2005



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This CD is pretty overhyped but it's good. Definitely their best. Crimes is nards by comparison.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 23rd 2005



2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love Crimes personally. At least some of the songs anyway. I didn't like it as much as this when I heard it, but after seeing them play most of it live I really dig it.

marsvolta
July 23rd 2005



64 Comments


crazzzzzzy live show.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 23rd 2005



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have their live DVD and saw them last last February. Very fun.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 23rd 2005



2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The DVD is out of print isn't it?

pixiesfanyo
July 23rd 2005



1223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think this is an alright album.

I get kind of bored with some of their gimmicks.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 24th 2005



2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You don't get bored with Johnny though.

pixiesfanyo
July 24th 2005



1223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh he's a cute boy.

xcbmetalcorex
July 25th 2005



18 Comments


I think it's their worst album. Far too concerned with writing poppy, scene anthems that would appeal to scenesters. This Adultery Is Ripe in unadulterated (no pun intended) greatness, completely about the song writing. Crimes also showed a bit of a movement away from the poppy scene style but is still quite pop influenced. Anyway, it's not a bad album, just far from their best. Oh and excellent review.

Happymeal
July 25th 2005



330 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree on this being their best. Though it may be overproduced and the "point of selling out" for some, it's here that the wackiness became their trademark.

masada
July 25th 2005



2733 Comments


[quote=xcbmetalcorex]Crimes also showed a bit of a movement away from the poppy scene style.[/quote]

Not really.This Message Edited On 07.27.05

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 25th 2005



2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Crimes is much more poppy. Anyway, I think that this album is superior to the first and pretty close in quality to the second. But then I'm not much of a hardcore fan, so what would I know?

xcbmetalcorex
July 26th 2005



18 Comments


While Crimes was poppy, it added a more indie, weird feel which I liked and made the radio friendliness a bit more bearable. Meh, I'm not going to continue to rant as I've yet to find someone who agrees with me about this being their weakest.

[quote=something vague]Not really. Anyway, it's hard to believe what anyone with Xs in their name says.[/quote]

I don't know if you think you're hot sh[i][/i]it because you're top 15, but those useless, elitist comments you try to make in every review are unwanted. Stop making ignorant judgements and read my post before you try to act like you're so tough. This a temporary account in which I added x's as a joke and I presented my opinion in a educated fashion so stop trying to look like your so stop trying to be funny.


masada
July 26th 2005



2733 Comments


[quote=xcbmetalcorex]I presented my opinion in a educated fashion so stop trying to look like your so stop trying to be funny[/quote] Yes, you did present it in a well-mannered and education, I agree. But if you will take notice, that was a joke. Sure, it's a horrible joke, and it's not really funny. You can go and blame all of the "Atreyu iz hxc lolz!" kids for it.

xcbmetalcorex
July 26th 2005



18 Comments


Oh well.This Message Edited On 07.26.05

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 27th 2005



2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree actually. Something vague is a cool guy, but that was a pretty unecessary comment. Are you cbmartinez?

cbmartinez
July 27th 2005



2525 Comments


Yup.

masada
July 27th 2005



2733 Comments


Meh. Sorry about all of that. I'll go delete those comments.



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