AFI/Heckle
Split


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mr. Lean Mug USER (112 Reviews)
November 17th, 2010 | 16 replies | 3,975 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Haha, fucking GET IT? A fire inside?

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

In the 90s boyishly voiced punk Davey Havok got together with some guys in Berkeley and recorded some music. It was generally looked upon favorably- a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stagnate scene. That band would go on to raise heads on the East coast for a few years then quietly fade away. Yes, I said East coast. Yes, I said quietly fade away. Yes, I was talking about Heckle, melodic hardcore band and label-mates to a band whose members all seem to apparently suffer from acid-reflux disease.

This was after Davey had gotten together with a whole different group of guys and recorded the first few AFI releases (but long before he became boyishly voiced Devilock Dave and recorded some OTHER music with a-WHOLE-nother group of guys). Obviously it was time for East to meet West, so Heckle and AFI decided to release a split via their fraternally shared Wingnut records. “Aspirin Free” and “Advances In Modern Technology” would be featured on AFI’s second LP 1996’s Very Proud of Ya, but these are without a doubt the most worthy versions. Adam Carson’s drumming takes on a far richer and altogether more organic tone on vinyl, and he sounds like Animal on extra good meth.

It’s a no-brainer that Mark Stopholese and Steve Cunningham aren’t the most accomplished at the six-string, but the latter has considerably more chops as evidenced by “Something Real,” where, not to be outdone by the dark, rumbling bass intro, he rips into a quick little solo during the breakdown. The guitars are higher in the mix and have a rougher sound, which adds the just-slightly-needed ballsack to a teenaged Havok’s whiney vocal delivery (which is actually toned down somewhat as opposed to later releases) and a good backdrop for Heckle front man Chris Baglieri to work in. Both groups give excellent performances, but AFI is easily outshone by their New Jersey counterparts, outshone meaning they gave 110% as opposed to 100%.

Heckle, quite simply, were the musically superior act at this time. Lyrically and in terms of overall song structure they had already grown out of the phase AFI found themselves in. Unfortunately, only one would endure, as AFI translated their early success in the Bay-area hardcore scene to Nitro records and eventually major-label DreamWorks. It’s too bad such success couldn’t have been reveled in, at least in some small part, for their partners on this split. But I guess it’s cool, because I really don’t want to think about what Heckle would sound like the day Davey Havok showed up, vegan burger in hand, and said “you guys should add, like, some laser blast effects and keyboards…”



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Hep Kat
November 17th 2010



14996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

site won't ever let me upload gd art anymore


oh well.

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Satellite
November 17th 2010



20678 Comments


That band would go on too raise heads on the East coast.

Nice twist in the intro. This is probably the only AFI release I've never heard.

Digging: Dikembe - Mediumship

Hep Kat
November 17th 2010



14996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks. i got the white vinyl of this in the mail today. bought it off ebay, and there was much rejoicing as this is something i've wanted since i was like 11.

theacademy
November 17th 2010



28239 Comments


i really love the last paragraph...

This was after Davey had gotten together with a whole different group of guys and recorded the first few AFI releases (but long before he became Devilock Dave and recorded some OTHER music with a-WHOLE-nother group of guys).


i'm confused about this because i thought carson is also a founding member

Hep Kat
November 17th 2010



14996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he is, but that was my attempt at with because they've changed guitarists twice and bassists once since their inception

Hep Kat
November 17th 2010



14996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

also drummers don't count duh

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2010



15332 Comments


i added the album art hopefully it will show up soon

Digging: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2010



30873 Comments


Already did it

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2010



15332 Comments


dammit well i tried to do what deviant does but i guess there is no replacement. he has the magic touch.

Hep Kat
November 17th 2010



14996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ty


tricky fuckin site.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2010



30873 Comments


tricky fuckin site.


Its that just that a lot of people abused the ability to add artwork, so idiots chucked on scat and other immature shit so now everything has to go through an approval queue. Few of us don't need the approval though

Hep Kat
November 17th 2010



14996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh go figure. it does it instantly when i add albums so i figured it was still the same for the reviews.


that makes sense though, shit is nasty.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2010



30873 Comments


Eh, if people were as offended by words as they were images then half our database wouldn't be here

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2010



15332 Comments


i want to be able to add shit at will too

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2010



30873 Comments


Because people added shit (literally) you can't

Foxhound
November 17th 2010



4570 Comments


i like one of those bands.



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