Bomb the Music Industry!
Everybody That You Love


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ben Jimenez USER (36 Reviews)
March 24th, 2011 | 44 replies | 8,889 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There's something for everyone. But there's expectations for more. Everyone wants to be satisfied. This band is looking directly into our glassy eyes. But sometimes you can't satisfy everybody that you love. This band sure as hell tries.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Vacation. It's treasured time by the working man. And we're expected to believe that Jeff Rosenstock―the swiss army knife of ska, self-professed-tongue-in-cheek-but-clearly-recognizable musical genius, lead-everything of The Arrogant Sons of Bitches (ASOB) (1995 to two-thousand-something) and Bomb the Music Industry! (BTMI!) (2004 to present)―is a working man. We've heard how he doesn't want to go outside because he might have a terrible day, how depression is no fun, how he doesn't want to die. How does he get anything done? How do any of us get anything done? We have the same questions, the same worries, and the same attitudes. Rosenstock just proceeds to self-diagnose with clarity and writes a prescription for a musical composition that puts on an audible clinic.

The EP Everybody That You Love is two songs in just over seven minutes. You would quickly assume it couldn't keep you busy on a bus ride into the city except that you find yourself listening to these two songs over and over again, strumming the air guitar to the beach-ball melodies of oceanside inspiration amidst the occasional chaos and distortion demanded by punk rock purists. The title track is polarized from Matchless, Considerable Weirdness, the B48 Home (a Brooklyn bus!) because of the contrast developed by the tempo and overall musical pep, but both songs have overtones of depressingly sweet perspective on a life put to a constant test to meet expectations.

There's so much pressure on Jeff to perform to meet expectations of his own, friends, family, and fans. And those expectations have consistently ballooned because his projects have all made significant progressions in music quality (production aside, song construction has become scary-good), subject matter (we've moved on from blowing on Nintendo cartridges toward life's Hurricane Waves), and fan base (there are at least a dozen people at their shows). Instead of crumbling under the pressure―although there are clear signs he's not invincible―he channels all of his frustrations, challenges, and failed relationships from raw emotion directly to musical creativity. Rosenstock has a very talented supporting cast―a tragic misnomer because the interconnectedness of the band on stage and on the road showcases that they each contribute to each other's successes (and playful failures). It's this cohesiveness of their efforts that demonstrates why BTMI!'s release Vacation in the summer of 2011 will be their best yet, and Everybody That You Love is just a preview of what will be included on the album.

So I press play again, listening for the fourth time to the bittersweet metronome set by B48 on my morning jog, or while watching light poles zip past as I ride the Metro. I hear the stressed guitar melody amidst punk rock purity, the whoa-oh-ohs, and the electronic fuzz of the keyboards that has helped define their sound. There's something for everyone. But there's expectations for more. Everyone wants to be satisfied. This band is looking directly into our glassy eyes. But sometimes you can't satisfy everybody that you love. This band sure as hell tries.

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cvlts
March 24th 2011



8954 Comments


whoa a descendents1 review

theacademy
March 24th 2011



28252 Comments


lol and you're digging yellowcard

talk about getting caught with your pants down!

cvlts
March 24th 2011



8954 Comments


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fuck. i got nuthin

Spare
March 24th 2011



5252 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

how did you write such an awesome review about a 7"

Digging: Radiator Hospital - Torch Song

Spec
March 24th 2011



27062 Comments


Nice.

iFghtffyrdmns
March 24th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wow Ben, this is an almost over-the-top fantastic review for the seven inch but I love it. I saw that this hadn't been reviewed and considered doing so, but I'm glad you did instead cause mine would have basically said "Oh Jeff, you're so fantastic. You never let us down. Keep up the good work." Nice review! Jeff love for life.


Satellite
March 24th 2011



20682 Comments


awesome review

if the 2 songs on here and "hurricane waves"/"can't complain" are any indication, vacation is DEFINITELY gonna be their best album yet.

Digging: Dikembe - Mediumship

STOP SHOUTING!
March 24th 2011



631 Comments


a bit fanboyish maybe, but nicely written.

iFghtffyrdmns
March 24th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Everybody should be a Jeff Rosenstock fanboy, without a doubt.

Spare
March 24th 2011



5252 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

if the 2 songs on here and "hurricane waves"/"can't complain" are any indication, vacation is DEFINITELY gonna be their best album yet.
i know right? been saying this exact thing to my friends

Blackbelt54
March 24th 2011



4268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

always good to see a btmi! review. anyone know the release date of vacation?

Spare
March 24th 2011



5252 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

probably in summer for you murrkans/winter for us strailyuns

Satellite
March 24th 2011



20682 Comments


early summer-ish i believe

descendents1
March 24th 2011



702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Talking with Tom from the band the other night and he said it's going to blow everyone away. There's apparently an epic ~7 min or whatever opener too. He said it's nothing like Adults!, which I didn't really understand (I couldn't predict what that meant). I'm so stoked.

Satellite
March 24th 2011



20682 Comments


wait so are they playing as a full band on this tour? i thought it was just gonna be jeff + his ipod + random kids with instruments. in either case i'm stoked.

Blackbelt54
March 24th 2011



4268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome i'm stoked

descendents1
March 24th 2011



702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I saw them a few weeks ago in North Carolina and then in northern Maryland. I actually got a video from the show in Maryland http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7_46My93IU&feature=channel_video_title Then we went to some afterparty on campus and talked. Matt was kind enough to invite me. It was pretty neat.

Satellite
March 24th 2011



20682 Comments


awesome. nicest dudes ever, huh? i drank with jeff and john in lansing last fall. seeing them at the same venue in 3 days.

descendents1
March 24th 2011



702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They really are. They put up with a lot of fanboys but they're willing to reach out to their reasonable fans (the one's who aren't going omg over the fact that their favorite band is standing in front of them and want to disclose everything about the last 4 years of listening to their music). Since I'm finally getting a decent paycheck, I bought them some beer and purchased everything they had on vinyl.

I'm sure that Lansing show is going to kick ass.

Satellite
March 24th 2011



20682 Comments


haha i tried to by them beer but they were already getting it for free.

i'm definitely a bomb fanboy but i tried to maintain some semblance of dignity. some kid in a green day shit who had to be like 14 went on some huge tangent about how they changed his life and introduced his mom to jeff. it was hilarious and jeff managed to be cool about it even after they left.



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