1994!
Thank You Arms and Fingers


3.5
great

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
February 21st, 2010 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I like this more than I'm willing to let on.

I was surprised, to say the least. I thought my hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania was musically inept, like the Gods of Talent had contemplated, “Nah, the Amish are enough for one city, let’s move onto Philly.” And here comes 1994!, and not too quietly I might add. I don’t quite know why, it could be the birthplace thing, but I have to admit I feel a fairly strong affinity with Thank You Arms And Fingers. The two-piece have the two qualities that can make any music enjoyable, in my humble opinion- energy and sincerity. These two factors alone are enough to impress me, and Thank You Arms and Fingers is certainly a showcase of these two intangibles hard at work. From the lo-fi atmosphere that is incessant or the artwork’s obvious DIY approach and knack for simplicity that draw me to their melodic and mathy indie-rock. Scratch that, the genres here feel a bit too constricting for Thank You Arms and Fingers. Sure, there’s elements of math-rock, post-hardcore, emo, and the like, but it’s truly difficult to pinpoint an exact point-of-reference.

With song names that begin each song with a chuckle, it’s certainly heartening to see 1994! not taking themselves too seriously. From what I hear, it’s this quality that makes their live shows spectacular. It’s difficult to find a mention of the band without ample compliments on their live performance. This certainly translates to the music, as the percussion especially feels incredibly accessible, like the drummer is right over there. This is largely due to the sheer volume of Thank You Arms and Fingers, I’m sure. Meant to be played at exorbitant decibels, 1994!’s knack for the loud and the fast is impressive on first-listen and on twentieth-listen.

The riffs are fast, tight, and mathy, as the guitars complement the screams well. The vocals are a bit under-produced (expectedly), but certainly add to the sincere aesthetic that is well-embodied on Thank You Arms and Fingers. The structure, also, is particularly endearing. 1994! seem to always know when to keep up the pace, like on the exuberant highlight, “Sexual Alien Vs. Sexual Predator,” but are self-aware enough to take a few respites- i.e. “Steep Cliff Mountain Type Jaunt” with its slower pace and gang vocals. The adept and intricate percussion is worth a mention, and is perhaps what most separates 1994! from similar counterparts.

What I found in Thank You Arms and Fingers is an accessible yet talented young band on the verge of a fantastic release. While 1994! doesn’t quite do enough to separate themselves with Thank You Arms and Fingers, the band are certainly on my radar to look out for. Plus, they might just give Lancaster a claim to fame other than the Amish, now that’s what I’m really looking for.



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SeaAnemone
February 21st 2010


20534 Comments


Surprise, surprise- more really solid post-hardcore out of the Lehigh Valley. Snothing against Snowing, but if you liked them, you'll like this better.

Digging: Pharmakon - Bestial Burden

Romulus
February 21st 2010


8441 Comments


I like Snowing so by the property of adding things...

SeaAnemone
February 21st 2010


20534 Comments


It's ok, take your time... you'll get it... let me know if you need help, I'll be over there helping Ashley.

SeaAnemone
February 21st 2010


20534 Comments


haha naawww not a dumb question trust me, I'm not ALL that sure myself. When I use the term it's a way grouping bands together... Band A is post-harcore, Band B is post-hardcore, so when I review/describe Band C and say they're post-hardcore they sound somewhat similar to Bands A and B.

Buuuuut, going by a stricter def: it's really an offshoot of hardcore punk music, more melodic, and more variation in vocals, adding in clean ones and gang vocals here and there. It's usually based on intricate guitars, and lots of percussion...

idk, that can be expanded upon a lot, but that's pretty basic. feel free to correct me anyone.

Calculate
February 21st 2010


1135 Comments


It's as if I already know exactly what this is going to sound like just by the title and the album cover. Tempted to listen.

SeaAnemone
February 21st 2010


20534 Comments


Yeah it's perrty predictable.

SeaAnemone
February 21st 2010


20534 Comments


guys you forgot to listen to this. it's almost off the front page... quick!

PirateSquid
February 21st 2010


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You know they're making a documentary about these guys.

SeaAnemone
February 21st 2010


20534 Comments


who is? and what about them?

PirateSquid
February 21st 2010


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, they're releasing it soonish this year.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0ESqb_MsMA

The people making it said it should be released in March. Well, that's what it said on their Myspace.

SeaAnemone
February 21st 2010


20534 Comments


haha looks weird. just a guy w/ a kite?

FigNewtns
February 22nd 2010


723 Comments


this needed a review. have you checked out the songs on the Spires split?

SeaAnemone
February 22nd 2010


20534 Comments


I haven't yet! that's on my list though... how is it?

Schizophrenik
February 22nd 2010


842 Comments


I think I'll like this

FigNewtns
February 23rd 2010


723 Comments


still have yet to listen to the 1994! side, but i liked what i heard from the Spires side.

SlightlyEpic
February 23rd 2010


5780 Comments


there are tons of awesome emo/screamo bands from Pennsylvania/Lehigh Valley dude just ask mappy

SeaAnemone
February 23rd 2010


20534 Comments


Yeah I know... there's a million... it's just that my hometown is IN that area yet somehow we got nothing in terms of music despite a large population. or so I thought.

SpaceisGolden
May 16th 2010


46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, though I'm sure Lancaster doesn't appreciate.
By the by, believe the hype; 1994! are crazy awesome in concert.

SeaAnemone
May 16th 2010


20534 Comments


haha yeah, Lancaster doesn't appreciate- to say the least about the music scene here.

Romulus
May 16th 2010


8441 Comments


Still haven't checked this out. Why is that. (have a late pos btw)



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