Lumber Lung
Lumber Lung


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
May 17th, 2011 | 18 replies | 6,411 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Catchy, exuberant emotional hardcore fronted by a female that harkens back to dusty, old Dischord releases. Oh, and they’re named after a Simpsons reference-- as if you needed any more convincing.

Who ever began associating emo music with solitude and loneliness, anyway? There’s something about the trade-off between guys and gals yelping and screaming their respective throats out that fits into Lumber Lung’s brand of emotive hardcore frighteningly well on their first official release, though they’re not the first band by a long-shot to put this technique to record. Love Like... Electrocution, I Would Set Myself On Fire For You, and 1905, to name a few, all utilize the cross-gender method to a t, and Lumber Lung follows in this tradition. Energetic and lively but still deeply rooted in earlier emo elements, Lumber Lung are a welcome tour de force that’s sure to make waves in current screamo by revitalizing tired trends, and offering one of the year’s most dynamic, passionate records to date, regardless of silly subgenres.

More than anything, Lumber Lung is characterized by the beautiful, simultaneous juxtaposition between the female vocals and the roughness of the hardcore punk-esque background. The wall-of-sound effect is dense, akin to early Dischord bands like Dag Nasty or Engine Down; but more importantly, it rarely outshines the high-pitched frontwoman-- the curiously-clean gem of Lumber Lung’s grimy aesthetic. The band chimes in here and there for gang vocals as well, like on “Contrails,” most notably, adding yet another dimension to the free-flowing release. Passionate and oft-overwhelming, but never stretched to the point of exacerbation *cough*Kathy Coppola*cough*, the vocals are Lumber Lung’s centerpiece. Still, they’re complemented by more-than-competent songwriting, which often erupts into a furious eruption by the resolution of the (rather short) tracks. Lumber Lung’s best display of this is offered on the chilling “Time Bandits,” with her gradually-building screams eventually erupting in a memorable refrain of ”People who don’t give a fuck,” emphasis on the “fuck.” Despite highlights “Best To Keep Moving,” “Receiver,” and “Vomit A Little In Your,” the LP is fluid and forgiving, never offering a down-track and keeping a lively tempo in its short run-time.

Overflowing with zeal, Lumber Lung is an uncontrolled tantrum of an album. Though tending to be a bit messy in sections, aspects like this only give it more personality, more excitement. Lumber Lung deploy the female vocals to create a vivacious exuberance rather than a sharp dissonance unlike some of their predecessors. The result is an album that harkens back to emotional hardcore legends while concomitantly marking their own territory in the scene, providing reason after reason to forget about those dinosaurs and listen to Lumber Lung instead with each subsequent moment of unadulterated, screaming dynamism.

Lumber Lung is available for free download, here: http://lumberlungmusic.bandcamp.com/



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SeaAnemone
May 17th 2011


20297 Comments


if you guys don't like this or check this out I'll probably be offended

pizzamachine
May 17th 2011


12571 Comments


I never ever listen to emo music, but alrite

porch
May 17th 2011


8460 Comments


will get

Tyrael
May 17th 2011


20876 Comments


Nice review, sounds cool.

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

SeaAnemone
May 17th 2011


20297 Comments


btw guys it's available for free download (edited into the review)


Hep Kat
May 17th 2011


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i didn't like this album that much. nothing really jumped me

Enotron
May 17th 2011


7695 Comments


will get once my laptop is fixed

DoubtGin
May 17th 2011


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

1905 is pretty awful, but I will give this a try.

WashboardSuds
May 17th 2011


5007 Comments


these guys still making music



just kidding, ace review SeaAnemone, I pos'd

Digging: Gas - Nah und Fern

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 17th 2011


7041 Comments


Excellent review Eric, pos your way

sniper
May 18th 2011


19049 Comments


a seanEMOne review. gonna check it out.

SeaAnemone
May 19th 2011


20298 Comments


please do

sixthgoldenticket
May 20th 2011


1176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is fucking great. good review, i really love the female vocals

SeaAnemone
May 20th 2011


20298 Comments


danks for listening guyz

sniper
May 25th 2011


19049 Comments


this is totally overwrought and the vocals only sort of make sense with the music but this really holds my attention.
could easily grow on me a bunch i think.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2011


9034 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not really liking the vocals

sixthgoldenticket
December 22nd 2011


1176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

way more people should check this out

sixthgoldenticket
December 22nd 2011


1176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is this considered a full length?



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