Damiera
M(US)IC


4.0
excellent

Review

by FourSquare20 USER (11 Reviews)
December 14th, 2010 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 30 minutes of fun, technical pop-punk.

Damiera is a band based in Chicago, Illinois that blends together elements of progressive rock and pop-punk. Their debut full length, entitled M(US)IC, is full to the brim with highly technical playing and catchy hooks, making for a genuinely fun listen. Imagine if Minus The Bear decided to ditch Jake Snider, hire Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria, then start playing a hyper technical, dare I say it proggy version of pop-punk. The musical concoction that would result from this strange marriage of influences would be Damiera.

M(US)IC is a nearly unrelenting listen right from the start. Opening track "Immure" bombards you with a barrage of tapped guitar riffs, high pitched vocals, and mathy drumming. This same formula is used throughout M(US)IC, but it works nearly every time. The most enjoyable moments on the album can be found when Damiera merges its technicality with its pop-punk influence rather than having them combat each other. This can be seen in the song "Via Invested". The poppiest song on M(US)IC, "Via Invested" tones down the instrumental complexity somewhat, allowing the vocals of David Raymond to shine through. While moments like these do pop up from time to time on this album, "Via Invested" finds a perfect balance between mathy instrumentation and poppy hooks that lasts for almost all of its 3 minutes. Damiera doesn't exactly replicate this combination for the other songs on M(US)IC. Other tracks, like "Flora:Yield" or "M(US)IC" place technicality as a higher priority. I don't mean to imply that M(US)IC is an all-out wank fest. This is far removed from the actual truth, which is that Damiera, underneath all of its instrumental precision, is writing pop punk songs. These songs are just covered in a layer of progressive tendencies. While this is not by any means a bad thing, it can sometimes detract from the simple, catchy melodies present here. There are certain points where things feel needlessly tech-y, such as the ending sequence of "Via Invested". The last 20 seconds of this track feel tacked on, like the guys in Damiera just thought, "Hey, we should throw in a math rock freakout at the end of our lead single."

The only other critique I can throw at M(US)IC is that by the end of its running time some of the songs begin to sound rather similar to one another. However, Damiera counteracts this effect by keeping their album brief. This way, you don't get too overloaded with the effervescent pop hooks and tweedle-dee guitar parts that saturate this album. All in all, M(US)IC is a solid debut album worth listening to if you enjoy pop punk, math rock, or both.



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elephantREVOLUTION
December 14th 2010


2791 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is such a good album. i hope damiera releases another album like this. quiet mouth loud hands was a huge disappointment.

FourSquare20
December 14th 2010


320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, its nice for my commute to and from school. puts me in a good mood. But yeah, i listened to some stuff off of Quiet Mouth and it didn't sound too great.

tombits
December 14th 2010


3471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

good album, good review

Kiran
Emeritus
December 15th 2010


6002 Comments


yeah this is a great album, it just sucks that 'quiet mouth loud hands' was so poor. have you heard 'the disillusionist'? really good song, i'm not sure if it appears on an ep but it's not on any of their LPs

FourSquare20
December 15th 2010


320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't heard it, but i'll check it out.

Oceanus
January 25th 2011


877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This quality of this album consistently surprises me when I revisit it. There's a lot of talent and a lot of fun here, and it's one of my favorites.

playswithpassion
February 21st 2011


276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Every time I revisit this album, I remember how much I fucking love it...soo good and like you said in the review, just the right length to keep it from getting boring.

Now if only their next album wasn't such a letdown.

Oceanus
February 23rd 2012


877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still discovering more and more in this album.

Oceanus
December 8th 2012


877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still loving this.

elephantREVOLUTION
December 8th 2012


2791 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah this is one of my favorites from high school. i wish this band was still around

sailSAway
September 18th 2013


900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

they quit while they were ahead. but another album in this vein would hit the spot.

sailSAway
September 18th 2013


900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah, sick tunes.



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