Make Do and Mend
Bodies Of Water


3.5
great

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
January 1st, 2010 | 21 replies | 10,625 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Anybody else find interest in their favorite artists' music taste?

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Did you know that one of Jesse Lacey’s favorite records of all time is In the Aeroplane Over the Sea? Perhaps you may not have guessed that Brit Daniels’ (of Spoon fame) favorite release of the past decade was Bright Eyes - Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground. Personally, I think it’s interesting investigating my favorite artists music taste. Many times, it’s heartening to see similarities, but it’s even more fulfilling when you’re turned onto a new, relatively unknown band. While scouring my latest favorite band’s website, I noticed that La Dispute listed Make Do And Mend - Bodies Of Water as one of their favorite 2009 releases. Hm? La Dispute, you say you listen to this band extensively alongside Touche Amore (which both Make Do And Mend and La Dispute are working on a split with)? Well, consider said 6-song EP, Bodies of Water, on the top of my “to-listen-to” list.

Melodic post-hardcore with gruff vocals along the lines of Chuck Ragan, is what I think to myself after only a few songs. Give me a little credit, because this hasty description hits the nail on the head. Bodies of Water like their melody with a little post-hardcore on the side, in that order. The riffs are uptempo and delightful, really. Make Do And Mend take more than a few cues from Hot Water Music, but I’m not complaining- the result is fitting and stupendous. The product is songs like “TL,” fast-moving and dynamic, proving that Bodies of Water not only points toward a successful future but can stand on its own two feet. The guitars are nice, of course, but the real draw to Make Do And Mend has to be the vocals. Sincere and fitting, the lead singer pulls the sound together with his raspy Ragan-esque voice. The lyrics aren’t anything out of the ordinary (relationships, feeling alone, religion, etc.), but the vocals are incredibly catchy. Attempt listening to “Winter Wasteland” just once, I know I couldn’t do it.

After starting off a bit slow with “Shambles,” Make Do And Mend pick up the pace and don’t slow down for the next 5 songs. Their tight rhythmic rock draws from punk a little, but ultimately falls into the melodic post-hardcore category. The EP flows incredibly smoothly and before you know it you’re hearing the closing notes of “TL;” but it’s much easier to go right back to “Shambles” rather than stop listening, trust me.



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SeaAnemone
January 1st 2010



18813 Comments


Estimated # o' comments: 1

tombits
January 1st 2010



3463 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review, I'll download this off the blog now.

iarescientists
January 1st 2010



5863 Comments


oh cool another gay review of a ct band from seaanemone

SeaAnemone
January 1st 2010



18813 Comments


iarescientists: huh? : (

iarescientists
January 1st 2010



5863 Comments


connecticut

SeaAnemone
January 1st 2010



18813 Comments


no, the other part, insinuating homosexuality?

EVedder27
January 1st 2010



6088 Comments


Estimated # o' comments: 1


nahh I'll help you out there

iarescientists
January 1st 2010



5863 Comments


i stand by what i said


fag

SeaAnemone
January 1st 2010



18813 Comments


:' (

WesCrap
January 3rd 2010



54 Comments


siqq band, can't wait to see them again in a couple of days.

tombits
January 3rd 2010



3463 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The first two songs were great, but I don't really dig the vocals all that much.

fromtheinside
January 20th 2010



16385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hey this is good.

Digging: Lord Mantis - Death Mask

mitch91
January 23rd 2010



408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Looking forward to the full-length!

fromtheinside
July 1st 2010



16385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

spinnin this again lately. it's just so, so good.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2010



7162 Comments


Hmm. Are they in any way similar to Alexisonfire?

Digging: Floor - Oblation

fromtheinside
July 1st 2010



16385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nooooo. like a heavy Brand New, or more stable La Dispute.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2010



7162 Comments


Either way. It seems interesting. Will check it out for sure.

Dryden
July 1st 2010



12813 Comments


tell me wat you think after

pmmets07
March 27th 2011



5784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tracks 3 and 4 are meh, but the rest is fucking awesome

MutnikSpusic
July 24th 2011



560 Comments


I heard the instrumentals, and became überstoked. Then I heard the vocalled ones, and became %'(



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