Kidcrash
I Haven't Had A Date In 4 Years EP


4.5
superb

Review

by gaz USER (19 Reviews)
May 9th, 2010 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Are you a marionette?

Erik at Lujo Records wasn't happy to know we weren't playing songs off New Ruins about a year after its release but we kind of said, “eh, okay.” But we were lying and went right on playing the new songs we actually really liked.’ – Kidcrash drummer Buster Ross regarding I Haven't Had A Date In Four Years...

In case you didn't catch the vibe, Kidcrash were not at all happy with their debut LP New Ruins. It triggered a vicious dispute with their label, cost them a hell of a lot of money, and squeezed out the creation of something that at the time their perspective viewed as phony, sub-par and unnatural. It's one thing for a casual listener to brush an album aside, but for the band themselves to shun their work is quite another. One of their complaints was that they were required to record the whole album to a click-track, ultimately obliterating the distinct, edgy feel that the Kidcrash we know today intertwine so cunningly into their unrelenting style. The vocals were forced, the production contrived; this wasn't what they wanted to be, this wasn't their sound. So fast-forward a year, the shackles are torn apart and the past erased, and they produced the I Haven't Had A Date In Four Years EP which stuck a finger up to the world saying ‘Actually, this is Kidcrash’.

Gone are the whiny, and frankly, weak vocals that failed to fully characterize New Ruins, making rightful way to the ferocious shouting that empowers every track, darkly looming over the snaking guitar lines and unrelenting drumming. Kidcrash are much more efficient here, refusing to pass up a chance to captivate your aural senses, and always offering a completely different musical path as each song progresses that inevitably trail away into new territories. They're not afraid to highlight their assets in this way either – slyly reverting to lonesome guitar intricacies after large bursts of sound, such as in "I" in which they make ideal use of dynamic contrast to propel the track further with every phrase. Although they've abandoned most of their pop-punk traits, they hold onto its sensibilities by way of making every track still enticingly catchy whilst simultaneously unleashing a meteor of energy, a feeling which wouldn't ever have been expelled so well before. I Haven't Had A Date In Four Years is much more riff-driven, and to positive effect, the band frequently showcasing that they know a solid song structure as well as anyone, making the whole effort very consistent. "III" is the slowest of the tracks, yet it still manages to pound along with utmost command, and fluently combined within are the intense ending chants of ‘And all the pictures you painted are coming down!’, perhaps a further hint that Kidcrash were advancing without so much as a thought of turning back.

I Haven't Had A Date In Four Years is a stepping stone if there ever was one, falling sweetly between the old and the new, its personality formed with a fair share of elements from both eras. "II" possibly fuses their stuck-in-the-middle sound the most effectively, making use of ricocheting vocals and choral chants over the top of snappy riffs that are almost indie in their delivery, alongside the ever-interesting work from behind the kit. The seemingly unrefined production certainly isn't a restraint of the album as it works so comfortably alongside the angst that it pulses with. The textures are rough, raw and real – only amplifying why the tracks are so musically cohesive and emotionally tender. Although some of the ideas are effectively simple in essence and not quite as cleverly written as its successors, I Haven't Had A Date adds enough technicality to ensure you know that Kidcrash are all competent musicians, beginning to occasionally slip into differing time signatures that work effectively, and aren't just there for the sake of being 'smart'. With less of the math than Jokes and less of the clichés from New Ruins, Kidcrash's first EP is as a whole, more, in the way that it's a wonderful depiction of their youthful, enraged passion that would eventually flower come 2006.



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Skimaskcheck
May 9th 2010


2362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[IMG]http://i268.photobucket.com/albums/jj18/infamousgaz/Kidcrash1-1.jpg[/IMG]

Phantom
May 9th 2010


8930 Comments


Nice review, AWESOME picture.

qwe3
May 9th 2010


21369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey theyre kids and theyre crashing shit

kount
May 9th 2010


1279 Comments


nice review mr

Skimaskcheck
May 9th 2010


2362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thankyou i love Paint

thanks mr kount : )

IGotShotInTheFace
May 9th 2010


444 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

So glad someone review'd this. Just waiting for Slightly to comment...

SlightlyEpic
May 9th 2010


5780 Comments


*insert comment here*

but ya what kount said ^_^

Skimaskcheck
May 9th 2010


2362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sputnikpredictables!

thanks guys!

SeaAnemone
May 9th 2010


20824 Comments


am I one?

Skimaskcheck
May 9th 2010


2362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

we all are, i'm so sorry

SlightlyEpic
May 9th 2010


5780 Comments


I don't know how to answer whether I'm a marionette or not, would I know if I was?

focksy
May 9th 2010


437 Comments


this is real good and i dont hate new ruins neithah

alachlahol
May 9th 2010


7501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nicely written, album was pretty good overall though the vocals weren't as godlike as they would soon become with jokes

Skimaskcheck
May 10th 2010


2362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You would know if you were a marionette if the strings felt like snakes wrapped around your limbs, do they?

i agree with that about the vocals alachlahol, they're so awesome on Jokes

Skimaskcheck
July 29th 2010


2362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i had a dream last night that i had a dog called Kidcrash

was cool

Skimaskcheck
July 29th 2010


2362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah it's a lot different sounding to Jokes, but it still rules, just in a different way

would recommend

bailar12
July 29th 2010


1766 Comments


do it bailamos

Skimaskcheck
July 29th 2010


2362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Where ya going?

Skimaskcheck
July 29th 2010


2362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ah nice! sounds awesome man, have fun!

Skimaskcheck
July 29th 2010


2362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha awesome

bring Jokes :3



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