Defiance, Ohio
The Fear, The Fear, The Fear


3.0
good

Review

by Richard Craig USER (120 Reviews)
June 3rd, 2009 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


What is a Jew’s greatest dilemma?
Free Pork.
Yes, free stuff is great. In recent years more and more bands have been releasing their music, potentially, for absolutely nothing – namely Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails. But these are two well established bands that had made millions before they decided to give fans the choice of how much to pay for recent albums, so it could be argued that what they’re doing isn’t actually as groundbreaking and philanthropic as it may seem because they can comfortably afford to do this. However, in recent years less famous bands have been doing the same – essentially doing a Radiohead before Radiohead themselves. One of these bands is Defiance, Ohio who are not actually from Defiance, Ohio, but in fact are from Bloomington, Indiana.

Utilising violins, cellos, banjos and upright basses Defiance, Ohio have an incredibly unique instrumental timbre for what is essentially a punk band. It goes without saying that this isn’t punk in the vein of someone like Bad Religion or Rise Against, but a very country-influenced version of the genre. Instead they play what is commonly described as a folk-punk band somewhat akin to Thomas Kalnoky’s Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution. Songs such as ‘Anxious and Worrying’ saunter along at a relaxed pace with a softly-plucked banjo riff before climaxing into an energetic chorus. It is also in this song that lead singer Geoff’s Isaac Brock-from-Modest Mouse-esque lisp is most apparent. This could potentially be a turn-off for many listeners but at the same time seems to fit the music quite well.

‘The Fear, The Fear, The Fear’ kicks off quite forcefully with the ominous, minor-sounding strings of ‘Can’t Stop It, Won’t Stop It’. It is a very abrupt beginning to the album and is one of the strongest songs on the album, instantly making an impact with a catchy chorus and fast pace. It stands out not only because of its quality, but also because it is uncharacteristically aggressive as the rest of the album takes a far more cheerful and relaxed approach. However, ‘The Fear...’ is still an energetic album as songs like ‘The Things We Won’t Let Settle...’ explodes about half-way through before going into a powerful half-time feel and ‘The Years, The Fears, The Sleep’ features fast violin playing though the rough and ready vocals are the real haymaker.

However, although ‘The Fear...’ is an enjoyable album, overall it leaves little impact. Partly due to its very short running –time (24:25), partly due to a lack of memorable songs it seemingly comes and goes before you know it. There’s not a whole lot specifically wrong with the album. As mentioned earlier, the vocals may divide opinion but the main problem with ‘The Fear...’ is that the rustic folk-punk sound gets repetitive and tiresome. In small doses it is very enjoyable, but as a complete album it is a little hard to take pleasure from, even if it is less than 25-minutes long. ‘The Fear, The Fear, The Fear’ has its moments, in particular the aggressive opening of ‘Can’t Stop It, Won’t Stop It’ and the solid song writing and contrast between tempos in ‘The List’ both stand out. However, overall the prevailing impression that the album leaves you with is one of monotony, and unfortunately the repetition taints what can be a good album in small doses.



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gaslightanthem
June 3rd 2009


5209 Comments


What is a Jew’s greatest dilemma?
Free Pork.

marksellsuswallets
June 3rd 2009


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bloomington is such a magical place.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
June 3rd 2009


3781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tasteless/redundant intro is tasteless/redundant

gaslightanthem
June 3rd 2009


5209 Comments


What is a Jew’s greatest dilemma?
Free Pork.

kitsch
June 3rd 2009


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i remember when these guys were all hyped as a semi-local band. we went to a picnic in bloomington, and there were a lot of folk punk bands playing. these guys are really cool, they smoked weed with us.

PanasonicYouth
June 3rd 2009


7412 Comments


I love this band oh, so dearly.

ant4tbc
June 4th 2009


373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I want to catch these guys live soooo bad.

thebbqshrimp
July 8th 2009


1207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They're an absolutely unreal live band. So amazing. This album is a little weaker than their previous two full-lengths, but not by much.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
August 1st 2009


10663 Comments


wtf?!?! This is a band?! I live 20 miles away from Defiance Ohio....it's a pretty lame town...

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Edwin
February 16th 2011


1399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cannot believe I missed seeing this band live right near where I live. Fuck.



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