Jacobi Wichita
Bonez Malone


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bitstream USER (21 Reviews)
May 19th, 2009 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A fortunate and original mix of R&B and post-hardcore with an experimental twist. Before you ask, the singer is, in fact, African American.

Truth be told, I was not expecting to find this album. I was not expecting to find more than one song, and the only reason for that being, "HEY! IT'S FEATURING JERRY JONES!" whom I quite enjoy. Seeing as they 'friended' Trophy Scars, I listened to a few of their songs on their MySpace, and the whole time I had a grin plastered on my face. Like every other reviewer, I will state: the musical future is looking bleak. Almost everything is unoriginal. Bands are looking for new and improved ways to raise the bar. Unfortunately, along with them comes every fan who devotes their time to learning all the intros, and ultimately, makes rip-off bands of similar nature. (If you're on of those people, you know who you are.) Jacobi Wichita, fortunately, breathes something fresh into the scene. The secret ingredient being... R&B?

One of the first things you will notice with Jacobi Wichita is their lively vocalist. He's stand-out, to say the least. Mixing R&B crooning, harsh (usually enjoyable) screams, and whatever else he feels like weaves itself into every song creatively. The guitarists manage to swim between jazzy, post-hardcore, bluesy, ambience, and hell, I think you're getting the idea. This CD doesn't stagnate into a single genre for long. The bassist quite literally keeps the flow, giving everything a concise feel and keeping the songs flowing and controlled. A keyboardist appears subtly (and I mean subtly) on many songs, stands out in others, and just adds to the depth of the music. Drums with a quick, jazzy flair are commonly accompanied by bongos, and with every little quirk like this that band whips out, it leads to the Zen of underground music: Something that makes you sit there and realize you're not listening to a re-hash.

Bonez Malone is not the most mature CD on the market. It's the first full length of a promising band, and it shows some amazing potential. For a first try, it's incredibly diverse and far reaching. Luckily, that reach pulls you in closer and illustrates how much can be put out there into music while maintaining a fun, energetic sound. From the straight up hip-hop of "Mental Crown" to the sprawling energy of "Belly Up", Jacobi Wichita sprint through genres while keeping everything listenable and highly enjoyable.



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Bitstream
May 19th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really had no idea what else to say on this album. I should have probably thought of more, because I made a band page just to review it. Maybe it's just one of those things.

rotterdog
May 19th 2009


489 Comments


Never heard this band before, but mashing up R&B and hardcore screaming sounds like an awful, awful idea.

Bitstream
May 19th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The screams sound bad, but the rest of it is really good. The screams are like... Shreiking most the time. But I definately recommend giving these guys a listen.

koecimlev
September 7th 2009


6 Comments


screams sound fine, cd sounds fine, review was good too

Bitstream
September 8th 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I need to go in an fix the bit about the screams being bad. I don't know why I even said that.

alachlahol
October 20th 2009


7515 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

bass fills, screams, bongos, synths, wah-wah pedals, nice song variation hahaahaha

Bitstream
October 21st 2009


296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band needs more listeners for sure.

alachlahol
November 10th 2009


7515 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

rock

Comatorium.
March 26th 2010


4195 Comments


recommended to me on itunes cause i bought some trophy scars, i like. and jerry's part is damn cool.

Comatorium.
March 26th 2010


4195 Comments


yeah done listening. throw 'er up there with trophy scars, victor! fix the sun, and la dispute.

dcha
September 12th 2010


990 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is damn good. The best part about this band is that with their Lambsie.Divey ep you can tell they are maturing and honing their skill as a band.

tkxxx7
January 19th 2011


6159 Comments


Album is fucking awesome. Didn't expect the low death growls on Violets Aren't Blue, They're Violet. That's also my favorite song on here as of now

Narshh
March 15th 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^the growls are mind blowing the first time you hear them lol

alachlahol
March 15th 2011


7515 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

he growls for 5 seconds and thats it for the whole album thats not mind blowing

Narshh
March 15th 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i have a small mind

Narshh
March 15th 2011


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

JK! but yea haha i know he does it only twice on that song, and then a little in the background for two other songs but the first time violets came on i was legit very pleasantly surprised.

alachlahol
March 15th 2011


7515 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

edit: you snaked me

TREO5
October 20th 2011


1071 Comments


This is really good. Screams are great, but I love old-school bled and ISMFOF so what the fuck do I know. Found out about this band from I am Alaska, CHECK EMMMMM OUUUUUT.


Owantjaaaa
June 25th 2012


3410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

amazing

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MuhNamesTyler
February 18th 2013


4443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So apparently their lead singer got charged with violent sexual assault last year

Well that's classy

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