Gunslikegirls
The Octopus In The Igloo


4.0
excellent

Review

by Alex Trinkner CONTRIBUTOR (70 Reviews)
March 6th, 2010 | 28 replies | 4,533 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Post-hardcore done right

The post-hardcore genre is quite the commodity these days. The genre is filled to the brim with every sort of band trying to make a cash grab by adding screaming to their music and calling themselves post-hardcore. So in these days it’s refreshing to find a band that sets out to make post-hardcore and good post-hardcore at that. In Gunslikegirls debut album, The Octopus in the Igloo the New Jersey quintet take a different sort of approach by incorporating pop-punk with a sort of experimental post-hardcore that makes this EP very enjoyable. They don’t try to disguise what they are trying to do and that is part of what makes this release so special. Whether it’s the in-your-face style of drumming or the gut-wrenching screams there is not a dull moment in this entire 8 track EP.

The album itself starts of with two of the better tracks, Prices Switch and Hand Control. Both of these songs seem to highlight the drummer. (Who by the way is the most interesting musician in the band.) Jono Melamed is constantly leading the band into different tempos and time signatures but at the same time it seems so simplistic that at first listen it really doesn’t catch your ear but on repeat listens it is pretty hard to ignore. Hand Control, fittingly, starts with a drum intro quickly followed by the guitars led by Stephen Jaskco and Adam Kobylarz. The guitars themselves are also very entertaining to listen to even when they aren’t in the forefront. Jason Maikisch on the bass on the other hand, as with most post-hardcore music is basically nonexistent unless you listen with a nice pair of headphones. The song then continues with some great clean vocals along with the screams.

The album progresses from there with a 1:50 instrumental percussion song that is a nice change of pace but it does occur rather early in the EP. It would be a nice break in the middle maybe at track 5 or 6 not necessarily at track 3. When the album does pick its self back up it does so with a bang and it doesn’t let go until Intro to Obsession. The song is mostly a synth filled 2 minute ballad. We don’t hear any of the harsh screams which honestly we needed a break from anyway. Sure the screams from Jose Rodriguez add a great dynamic to the music but at times they can be overbearing and they detract from the music that is going on behind them. Most of the times even it is hard to understand what it being said. That is indeed one of the very few problems present on this release.

But when the entire band is one its hard not to just to smile and appreciate the music that is being made. Take for example He Is Not A Bird. The song manages to put together every aspect that makes Gunslikegirls a great band. The guitars manage to create an interesting ambiance while the vocals really take the forefront. A minute into the song the rest of the instruments, save the guitar, stop and then the phrase guard your sympathy is repeated over and over until the song slows down again only to picked right back up and about 2 minutes in through the rest of the song the guard your sympathy phrase is repeated over again but this time with different tempos and with different guitars behind the vocals, creating one of the best songs on The Octopus in the Igloo.

Gunslikegirls is indeed a unique band. Although the second half of the album is slightly less entertaining then the first half this release still manages to keep your attention the entire way through. Gunslikegirls do have a lot to offer and although they are not technically bringing anything new to the table they manage to display their stale genre of music in a new and creative way and hopefully reach a new sort of audience



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atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 7th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so i'm taking a stab at reviewing again. so help me out with constructive critisim and i think i found all the grammer errors but if you find one please point it out

Iamthe Nightstars
March 7th 2010



2111 Comments


I remember this band.

cvlts
March 7th 2010



8917 Comments


Good review, Alex.
Some basic grammar biffs here and there but nothing too standout'ish sans this

"Although the second album is slightly less entertaining then the first half..."

I think you meant, "second half"

Also, you said that this band is unique and yet they "dont bring anything new to the table"
wat?

but hey! other then that everything is good.
pos.

(definately gonna check this band out)

Digging: Pedro the Lion - It's Hard To Find A Friend

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 7th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for the help man

and i cleared up the ending a bit so i would contradict myself lol

Comatorium.
March 7th 2010



4008 Comments


its about damn time someone reviewed this. i added it to the database. pos.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 7th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea i know its crazy this things been out since 2006 and no one reviewed it. i was very suprised

HenchmanOfSanta
March 7th 2010



1655 Comments


I swear there was a review of this like a year-and-a-half ago.

weshouldhavebeen
March 7th 2010



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i cant believe this shit only has 7 ratings. it's really good

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 7th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i know dude. the lack of attention for this cd is kinda depressing

thesmile
March 7th 2010



24 Comments


good review man but this sentence really doesn't flow to well

Hand Control, fittingly, starts with a drum intro quickly followed by the guitars lead by Stephen Jaskco and Adam Kobylarz


i think you could chang lead to led and it would make more sense

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 7th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for cathcing that i got it fixed
even though i'm wary taking grammar advice from somebody who spells change wrong lol

Zoo
March 8th 2010



3759 Comments


Pretty solid write-up dude. Checked out their myspace and I see that might take a little getting used to but I'll give then a spin.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. I'm just glad I can get some people to check these guys out

PinkBlackberry
March 10th 2010



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm usually a underground music whore, I dono how i find random bands, but I do. Never heard of these guys so I decided to go in kinda blindly (didn't even see a review)

I am so impressed. It's grand music, theres a couple of flaws, but for a EP, it's so fun. Downright impressive singing and guitarwork. Everything I find good and awesome about post-hardcore is right here in this band.

Great review too man, captured how I feel about them perfectly. =)

Pos'd ofcourse.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for the pos man

PinkBlackberry
March 10th 2010



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just gonna post again instead of editing my earlier post.

I gotta say, giving this CD a day to fully sink it, and hear the tracks in different moods etc. I gotta admit, I am in-love with this Disc, Hand Control may be one of my new favorite songs, it's..ugh, I can taste the riffing, it's tasty. ahaha

Seriously though this is a fuckin sick disc my god.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this cd is pretty legit actually. and it's amazing how well it all just flows, basically seamlessly throughout

but yeah hand control is sweet

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 28th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So I just relaized that the tracklisting is missing the last song called trial and error. Is there anyway to fix that?

JulesWin
March 28th 2010



993 Comments


go to "edit my reviews"

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
March 28th 2010



2776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will it still work if I didn't add the album?



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