ManBearPig
Ruined Emo


3.5
great

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
February 18th, 2011 | 46 replies | 10,120 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Oops! You must have clicked on the wrong link by accident... King of Limbs is right below this one, it's okay!

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

It’s like a fucking fix that needs satisfied. Maybe that’s hyperbolic; in fact, it definitely is. There’s definitely a routine, though. Don’t ask me why, but my music-listening has been at an all-time low lately. Nevertheless, the routine needs satisfied. Every so often I come across the most likable, instantly-satisfying EP’s from lesser-known screamo/hardcore/pop-punk bands and fall head-over-sneakers for them. Suis La Lune, Grown Ups, Stay Ahead of the Weather, Touche Amore... many a superb band have fallen victim to my obsession. EP’s are an intrinsically appealing venue, with their short length and lack of commitment and input, and now seems like the perfect time for me to have discovered Manbearpig. Hailing from Norwich, England, unsigned band MBP play a recognizable hybrid of hardcore and screamo elements that is somehow erupting with catchiness. Their first EP was recorded by the guys from Maths, I believe; which, if you’re familiar, should have you checking this out already. But for now, let’s ignore the atrocious name (sorry guys... but c’mon, seriously?). It’s a misnomer, I assure you. Admittedly, I can’t find much in Ruined Emo that separates the band from their aforementioned contemporaries. Don’t get me wrong-- they’re in high company, and this is the EP’s biggest flaw (if you can call it that) and strength simultaneously. Nevertheless, Ruined Emo undoubtedly succeeds in fulfilling my fix, and I’m guessing many of you have similar wants.

Simply put, Manbearpig has zazz. Yes, fucking zazz-- they have that indelible quality to their music that’s so mysteriously alluring. Could it be the catchy chorus’s refrain in “Allardyce?” Maybe it’s the band’s ability to combine the best elements of melodic hardcore and screamo together that makes it so tempting, or even an aspect as simple as the easy-as-pie 15-minute run-time? The guitars are gritty, the percussion is a stable staple, there’s not much not to love, here. Either way, MBP (let’s just refer to them as that, shall we?) is refreshingly entrancing. What’s odd about the EP, in the best way possible, is the piece’s balance throughout a mere 5 songs. You don’t usually hear praise being flung towards albums with a definite lack of highlights, but a highlight is difficult to pinpoint on the EP where so many individual moments are so endearingly eye-catching and shiny.

I understand that others sense some sort of deep catharsis and significance from albums like ... To the Beat of A Dead Horse or Lost Ground; but it’s easy listening for me-- blithe and mindless, even. If there’s one thing that MBP (and honestly, it may only be one) does to set themselves away from their peers it’s exemplifying this trait, it’s the vocal melodies. Exhibited best on “White Gold” and “Allardyce,” MBP displays an odd amount of ebullience and bounciness in the catchy vocal lines. It adds to the zazz. It satisfies my need for infectious hardcore/screamo, and is literally the only album with enough allure to pull me away from the clutches of the King of Limbs, right now. Frankly, there’s not a lot of room for failure on Ruined Emo, as they play the line between fresh and too-derivative more than a little. Thankfully, they never cross the divide. MBP might not blow you away with innovation, but I dare you to listen to this just once-- because if you’re anything like me, Defeater and Touche Amore fans, the zazz will have you entranced, caught in a web of playing “Balance” right after “Ebb and Flow” fades out, a.k.a. where I find myself right now.



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SeaAnemone
February 18th 2011



19955 Comments


Good idea Eric!-- review a random band amid a 4-year anticipated Glassjaw release, a 4-year anticipated Radiohead album, and announcements of both a pg.99 reuinion show and a new Dredg CD!
I’ll be surprised if this gets three reads...





...which is probably a blessing considering the quality of this review. Writing hasn’t been coming to me lately, but this needs some attention and you guys would seriously love it, so I thought “oh well, why not.”

Also, artwork is here: http://bandcamp.com/files/21/02/2102925881-1.jpg

NOT here: http://pictures.mastermarf.com/blog/2009/090623-manbearpig.jpg

Digging: Natural Snow Buildings - The Night Country

Yotimi
February 18th 2011



6458 Comments


Manbearpig is an awesome name Eric. I assume you know where that comes from right?

Digging: Millie and Andrea - Drop The Vowels

Blindsided
February 18th 2011



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Psssht this deserves more attention than King of Limbs I'm sure.
Sounds pretty good I'll check it out.

Kris.
February 18th 2011



12238 Comments


who cares about this
glassjaw
radiohead
jeez

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2011



17204 Comments


cereal.

SeaAnemone
February 18th 2011



19955 Comments


Yotimi: hah yeah, I do, hence the "alternate" artwork I posted... and you like the name?! I don't but that's just me... and the music makes up for it

Andcas: hah no that's probably good it'd been a while since I wrote a review where I'm sorta just talking... only spent 15 min on this... the music deserves better, honestly. Decided not to take myself seriously like I too-often do. But yeah, I figured it'd be better to write something "OK" about this and get people to listen than not write at all. Plus the one guy from Maths turned me on to them... and they're great.

SeaAnemone
February 18th 2011



19955 Comments


Alternate summary after wave of Radiohead passes: "I'm super cereal."

couldwinarabbit
February 18th 2011



6996 Comments


read it but I hate zazz so I dunno if I would like this.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
February 18th 2011



15615 Comments


Summary is pure win, review rules, Seaanemone rules. Pos'd. Review flows well and was really fun to read, seems like you let loose a bit here. Even if it isn't as professional sounding I love it.

Digging: Low Roar - 0

bungy
February 18th 2011



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice job Eric I'll check it out.

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ConsiderPhlebas
February 18th 2011



6157 Comments


fucking zazz

bungy
February 18th 2011



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In middle school I thought it was hilarious to answer every question with "manbearpig" during class

bungy
February 18th 2011



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

actually I still think that's pretty funny

SeaAnemone
February 18th 2011



19955 Comments


yeah SS I just sorta... wrote it. haha usually I make some notes or something, but in the case of little-known emo / hardcore / whatever bands with little EP's or whatever I just write sometimes. and, "let loose," ... hope you tried that.

bungy there was a kid that went to my middle school who looked like a manbearpig so that's what we called him. the name sticks to this day.

scissorlocked
February 18th 2011



3509 Comments


will check it out,seems enjoyable

the review rules as always man, have a pos

Digging: Leon Vynehall - Music For The Uninvited

mallen-
February 18th 2011



1235 Comments


Great review eric. I'm super cereal.


edit: dammit you beat me to it

DinoX
February 18th 2011



3582 Comments


hardcore named after a misadventure in South Park.

What could possibly go wrong?

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 19th 2011



23804 Comments


hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

seriously, summary=win

also, multiple uses of the word "zazz" = win

all in all, have a pos. and I may check this out... if I ever stop listening to Godspeed You! Black Emperor

gabethepiratesquid
February 19th 2011



4521 Comments


Ugggh their Bandcamp doesn't work and I can't find their Facebook amidst the large group of South Park's Manbearpig's Fan Pages and I'm not in the mood to download.

fuck my laziness but I'm genuinely interested

TigerShark277
February 19th 2011



73 Comments


all time low is fucking terrible


stopped considering your opinion after i saw their name



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