Lemuria
Pebble


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bob McFlum and the hairy pancake brigade USER (6 Reviews)
January 13th, 2011 | 19 replies | 8,074 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: GO 90's GO!

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Bridge Nine raised quite a few eyebrows with the signing of Lemuria. Although the label has tiptoed outside the hardcore realm in recent years, bands like Polar Bear Club and Strike Anywhere undoubtedly have roots in the genre. Lemuria, on the other hand, is a band known for adorably awkward male/female vocals, fuzzy guitars straight outta '95 and a lyrical portrayal of emotions that are often masked or metaphoric and rarely clear-cut. To put it bluntly, they have no roots in hardcore; their sound couldn't even be described as post-fill in the blank or any subgenre of the sort.

So, a label that carries a lot of weight in a certain subculture took a calculated risk in releasing Pebble, and there's something really exciting about that notion. It's reminiscent of the halcyon days of Jade Tree releasing albums from the Promise Ring and Kid Dynamite, and Revelation putting out classics from Elliott and Shai Hulud. While the definition of punk might be different to every person you ask, diversity and inclusiveness is and will always be punk as ***, so kudos to the B9 folks for thinking outside the box.

Lemuria had a tall order to follow up 2008's excellent Get Better given the circumstances mentioned above, and thankfully, Pebble more than holds its own; while it's exactly what one would expect from the band at this point, it's anything but a carbon copy of its predecessor. "Gravity" opens the album on a quiet, somber note, with guitarist Sheena Ozzella vulnerably and convincingly singing lyrics like "You're good. / You're good at breaking hearts. / Someday, someday, / someday you will be old. / Gravity will destroy you, / what you were good at" over minimal instrumentation that builds and builds but never breaks, which is appropriate given the track's lyrical content. It doesn't eclipse "Pants" as far as great openers go, but it's a nod to trying something different, which ought to be commended.

"Wise People" is where the production of J. Robbins initially shines through; the vocals are distorted and echo-y, the guitar and bass are far fuzzier and the drums are louder and more distant. It fits the band's aesthetic like a glove, and the fact that the song's catchy as hell certainly doesn't hurt. "Pleaser" continues the infectiousness, and it's frankly the best drumming Alex Kerns has ever put to tape; there are plenty of exciting moments and nuances throughout facilitated by his percussion that shan't go unnoticed.

When Kerns takes lead vocal duties, such as on "Different Girls", it's a treat. His voice is deep and somewhat monotone and it perfectly complements Ozzella's mousy, vulnerable singing, evident whenever they back each other up, such as on the aforementioned "Girls" and the track that follows it, "Bloomer".

Pebble ends just as impressively as it began, with "Chautauqua County" serving as the "first single" and rightfully so, as it's the catchiest of Lemuria's 11 offerings here; Ozzella's "whoa"s and "oh"s here really seal the deal, making it easy to see why the song was picked to be released twice. "The One" is a tad more subdued, and it works well enough as an album closer, but like "County" it ends a little abruptly, leaving the listener wondering if there is such a thing as too much brevity. (There is.)

That's small potatoes at the end of the day, though, as Pebble perfectly balances progression with familiarity for a listen that's never anything less than exciting. With material as strong as this, it's easy to see why Bridge Nine hung their credibility-laden hats on Lemuria



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BobMcflum
January 13th 2011



125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i luv this album might be overpraised but whatever i'm going to bed

Captain North
January 13th 2011



6779 Comments


You posted this on Punknews first aye

BobMcflum
January 13th 2011



125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ye but here i often get more feedback^^

GulliKyro
January 13th 2011



357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its a time warp but a good one.

Hep Kat
January 13th 2011



15018 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

disappointing to say the least. i expected a lot more

Digging: Sir Michael Rocks - Banco

DoubtGin
January 13th 2011



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

annoying

ObeyTheCowGod
January 14th 2011



62 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Gravity i such a great song but sadly the rest of the album was on the Cd to so that brings it down a bit. Great review good album 3/5

mmfarva
January 16th 2011



1352 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Very hit or miss. I love Gravity, but no other song has quite the power of it. A great build up that is honestly kind of wasted.

omnipanzer
January 31st 2011



21418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very glad I stumbled upon this. Very 90's indie. I like it a lot and can't wait to hear "Get Better".

Digging: Grant Lee Buffalo - Fuzzy

BallsToTheWall
January 31st 2011



44164 Comments


Not as good as I hoped it to be.

omnipanzer
March 4th 2011



21418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"i had no expectations and had never heard these guys before so.."

Me either but this is my album of the year so far. I can tell no one is going to agree with me here but... fuck it.

Tyrael
March 4th 2011



20740 Comments


Scurrilous

omnipanzer
March 4th 2011



21418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

buttfuckit

omnipanzer
March 9th 2011



21418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think this whole album is great :^)
I got the rest of their discog and am enjoying it as well.

sixthgoldenticket
May 25th 2011



1176 Comments


don't really get the disappointment behind this, one or two songs are duds but the rest are great, and they're still awesome live

omnipanzer
May 25th 2011



21418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

For anyone that was disappointed in this or Yuck give "Action Strasse - American Gas Jive" a try. It may have more of that 90's edge you are looking for. It has one of the ex-guitarists from The Lemonheads in it and you can tell.

BobMcflum
August 31st 2011



125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bumped it down a 0.5 since it got kinda boring after awhile, still a great release though

XingKing
July 15th 2013



10045 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why is no one talking about their new album?

omnipanzer
July 15th 2013



21418 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

New album?

/golf clap



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