Punch
Push Pull


4.5
superb

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
August 24th, 2010 | 114 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hardcore that really hits the spot... and I mean like every spot- almost painfully so.

Ever been hit with a sandblaster? Well, either way, please let me describe it to you:

It. Fucking. Hurts.

I had my experience with the pulverizing machine once, and I don’t need another. Body parts you didn’t know existed will sting. You’ll find inklings of sand ingrained into your skin; and trust me, it’s not as fun as finding, let’s say... a tick on you. To be as blunt as a sandblaster with you, I wouldn’t wish this experience on anybody else. Thankfully, Punch aren’t exactly like a sandblaster. In fact, the passionate delivery and intelligent songwriting on Push Pull is anything but machinelike. Still, the unbridled ferocity and the “stabbing in the ears sensation” you’re likely to feel when listening to Punch at high volumes (not recommended) couldn’t help but remind me of being pulverized by sand. Push Pull certainly is irate, blunt, and accelerated, and the unrelenting anger leads me to believe that Punch absolutely must have found some inspiration in Yosemite Sam, or perhaps Mike Tyson. Nevertheless, the hardcore outfit from San Francisco that shares two members of Loma Prieta have released an intense onslaught of 100m.p.h. hardcore- angry, breakdown-laden hardcore, and it couldn’t be more satisfying.

“But didn’t Loma Prieta themselves already release a fiery little LP this summer?” you may find your inquisitive self asking. Oh inquisitive you, just take my word for it: Life/Less pales in comparison to the impassioned ire of Push Pull. Like a fucking sandblaster, Punch hits you from every angle. Shrill, pulverizing female shrieking in the vocal department? Check. Blistering breakdowns? Check. Fantastic instrumentation, particularly Punch’s ability to perform seamless transitions? Checkity check. A breakneck intensity that doesn’t pull any punches (I told myself I wouldn’t, but it’s just too easy). Check, check, double check!

You see, it’s a tad ironic to compare Punch to some of their members’ other band, Loma Prieta even though the two lie in different genres, because Punch essentially succeed where Loma Prieta lets me down. Throughout the assault of spine-tingling fury, Punch work within the realms of an intelligent song structure. Perfectly-placed breakdowns become a highlight on Push Pull, oddly enough. Try listening to “Fixation,” “Sour Grapes,” “Microcausm,” or practically any track without being impressed by their ability to set the songs up so efficiently, I dare you. While it’s easy generic hardcore bands that copy to wear their oh-so-unhappy hearts on their sleeves with vehement vocals and potent, lightning-fast musicianship, Punch separate themselves from the pack by reminding us that hardcore can have a brain, too.

It’s the coherency of Push Pull that you’re going to find most gratifying on repeated listens. For example, the lyrics aren’t brain-dead, either. Listening to the pain stricken delivery of the vocals, it’s evident that the lyrics share more in common with screamo than they do with hardcore- as indicated by the insane number of question marks. You’re not just getting yelled at violently for 16 minutes. No, you’re being begged politely how you feel about consumerism or perhaps feminism, for instance. Well, admittedly that’s a bit of a stretch; but the intelligence and coherence of Push Pull is certainly striking, and it’s the feature that makes me want to hear this searingly-sounding, sandblaster-like, ear-tormenting ordeal again and again.



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SeaAnemone
August 24th 2010


20300 Comments


All you kids who pretend to listen to hardcore like I do will looooove this



ugh album art, please approve asap, Go-! I mean, Mods!

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alachlahol
August 24th 2010


7489 Comments


album's good, though the chick can get pretty grating. i'm on and off with female screamers

SeaAnemone
August 24th 2010


20300 Comments


Admittedly, I haven't had this for too too long but I've been playing it like non-stop and love her vocals. thanks for commenting, though.

alachlahol
August 24th 2010


7489 Comments


if you like this you may enjoy the scramz band Hiretsukan. try out their album End States. they use a lady screamer and she sounds very similar. it's screamo so it's obviously not as brutal, but the vocals are identical it creeps me out

SeaAnemone
August 24th 2010


20300 Comments


cool, thanks for the rec, I'll probably get to that eventually I'm sure

accompliceofmydeath
August 24th 2010


4215 Comments


Hardcore with girls? Eww *runs to myspace to check it out*

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SeaAnemone
August 24th 2010


20300 Comments


just listen to it! and hooray for album art! : ) maybe people will actually look now?



but probs not

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 24th 2010


31161 Comments


Is that the right artwork SeaEmery? It was all I could find

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SeaAnemone
August 24th 2010


20300 Comments


Yes, thank you Mr. Magic-Touch Deviant! I couldn't get it to work some reason, I was about to ask you for help, haha

accompliceofmydeath
August 24th 2010


4215 Comments


This is awesome...minus the vocals. I just can't handle it.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 24th 2010


31161 Comments


This might sound like i'm on a high horse or something, but yours has has to be approved mine doesn't

SeaAnemone
August 24th 2010


20300 Comments


I thought contribs didn't need approved too? I knew you had that special power though : )

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 24th 2010


31161 Comments


I thought contribs didn't need approved too?


Wouldn't have the foggiest tbh

Nice review as well etc, not my thing though

SeaAnemone
August 24th 2010


20300 Comments


thanks man. the pg looks much better now too...

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 24th 2010


31161 Comments


No worries

And yeah, if I see a review on the front page without artwork i'll normally add it on

Romulus
August 24th 2010


8434 Comments


Enjoyed the review as always, this seems less my style but maybe I'll give it a shot

Shrill, pulverizing female shrieking


this sounds mildly lethal

Dryden
August 24th 2010


12928 Comments


sweeet

East Hastings
August 24th 2010


4391 Comments


intro is awesome

also, new comments look is pretty cool

Spare
August 24th 2010


5306 Comments


band is named punch. will check this out.

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SeaAnemone
August 24th 2010


20300 Comments


yeah, what exactly changed with the comments??

and thanks guys, I hope you like it, and if so, spread the word!



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