Brainworms
Brainworms II: Swear To Me


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jared W. Dillon USER (118 Reviews)
May 20th, 2009 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Virginia does it again.

The sound that Virginia's Brainworms have become notorious for is definitely different. Early material was notable for short, explosive post-hardcore tracks that were marked by their extremely melodic guitars. 'Swear To Me' marks a distinct change for the band though, as the material here seems to be diving into much more eclectic territories. Brainworms have always embraced the style of hardcore that was made popular by groups like Split Lip and Grade. All of the group's discography bleeds of a melodic hardcore influence, but the fact is they hardly ever sound that clean or restrained. Whether it is punk, hardcore, or even indie rock, Brainworms are able to spew a dissonant yet catchy mix of numerous genres.

'Swear To Me' improves on Brainworms' former material by taking a more progressive approach. Blues style solos, group vocals, and various studio techniques are taken to make the sound more layered and diverse. For reference, think Bear vs. Shark's evolution from debut to sophomore release. The guitar attack of the group has been stepped up a notch and the addition of Josh Small layers the sound nicely. The odd fit in Brainworms has always been lead vocalist Greg Butler who physically resembles Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav fame. Butler's voice has a distinct distorted sound to it whether it is synthetic or natural. This really helps his voice contrast with very high frequency guitar and bass parts that the group likes to employ. Butler's lyrics also show themselves to be just as sophisticated as the song structures. His penchant for illustrating hardcore concepts in a personal way echoes other Virginia groups like Haram or Malady. His lyrics on 'Swear To Me' seem to be focusing on the various realities that accompany the term home, whether it is a person or place. Butler seems to be aching to find and define his own "home" and these thoughts seem to be a basis in the lyrical side of 'Swear To Me'. Of course the material strays into other realms whether it be the political 'Whatever, That's How You Get Famous' or the two instrumental tracks 'Vulgar Display of Flowers' and 'The Pinnacle of Story Telling.'

'Swear To Me' is a great record both because it is extremely enjoyable to listen to, while at the same time it helps carve out its own niche in post-hardcore. Fans of Bear vs. Shark, Hot Water Music, or a Dischord association would be wise to check out 'Swear To Me' - it really is a great and new sounding example of that sound.



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marksellsuswallets
May 20th 2009


4848 Comments


Fans of Bear vs. Shark, Hot Water Music, or a Dischord association would be wise to check out 'Swear To Me'

sold.

Avirov
May 20th 2009


1206 Comments


This sounds really really cool.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
May 20th 2009


3996 Comments


Good news: I gave this a listen to appease you and I liked it more
Bad news: I listened while LONGBOARDING BRAH

pixiesfanyo
May 20th 2009


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if you want to hear what i'm reviewing next you should check out the new Towers. holy shit the guitar playing on it is just OUT OF CONTROL.

NortherlyNanook
May 20th 2009


1285 Comments


i've been digging this a decent amount for a bit. great stuff.

scyther
May 20th 2009


1606 Comments


Congrats on 100 reviews, this one was really good too. I suppose I'll be getting this.

foreverendeared
May 20th 2009


14678 Comments


good review. i concur with marksellsuswallets

Jom
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2009


2690 Comments


Congrats on the century mark.

kitsch
May 20th 2009


5107 Comments


i have which is worse and it rules so ill be getting this
great review

NYdubber
May 21st 2009


76 Comments


you had me at "vulgar display of flowers"

good review!

artofpretension
May 21st 2009


49 Comments


Does anyone know where I can find this? My torrent search didn't come up with, well, anything. at all.

kitsch
May 21st 2009


5107 Comments


torrents are for tools

http://last-train-tocool.blogspot.com/2009/05/brainworms-brainworms-ii-swear-to-me.html


lol im linking pixies blog in his review

NortherlyNanook
May 21st 2009


1285 Comments


jared's blog probably has it

edit: beaten

PanasonicYouth
November 24th 2009


7412 Comments


this fucking rules

tlhk
June 30th 2013


318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shit is dope it needs more ratings



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