Kidcrash
Naps


4.0
excellent

Review

by Richard Craig USER (120 Reviews)
October 7th, 2011 | 81 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kidcrash: an earnest goodbye?

With an extended hiatus looming, Santa Fe, NM quartet Kidcrash deliver an EP of which they can be truly proud. ‘Naps’ doesn’t deviate a whole lot from their unmistakeable blueprint of angular, 21st century emo, and it is all the better for this. After all, ‘Jokes’ and ‘Snacks’ were fantastic albums, as was ‘I Haven’t Had a Date in Four Years…’ Ultimately, ‘Naps’ is testament to the proverb “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. That’s not to say it doesn’t stand adequately as its own piece of work though. Perhaps the most noticeable difference is the newfound emphasis placed on the bass. It is refreshing to hear it given the platform it deserves, and its role greatly propels things forward, as well as diversifying the EP’s sonic pallet. The EP carries a keener melodic edge which is a natural progression from the rest of their discography. This is greatly aided by cleaner production values, though admittedly these do slightly hinder ‘Naps’ rawer, cathartic sections. Nevertheless, ‘Naps’ is a very accomplished EP which sees Kidcrash rival their best work.

Extremely impressive fluidity, and a near-celebratory (as opposed to despairing) feel characterise ‘Naps’ and make it their most enjoyable release, as well as one of their best. The joyous crash that greets the listener on ‘Hibernationstate’ is an encouraging taste of what’s to come, and the rapture rarely lets up. Finger-tapped melodies swim in and out of one another, whilst the drums crash and roll as waves and the bass provides a captivating undercurrent. ‘Naps’ is awash with complex guitar interplay that offers a mesmerising focal point throughout, be it the ecstatic crunch of guitars and drums, and the bass’ gently throbbing staccato in ‘Unknowing The End’, or the more introspective scarcity at the start of ‘Sleep Shock’. However, though the textural variation here is great, the dynamic diversity is relatively ineffectual. Nevertheless, ‘Naps’ overtly melodic edge and seamless structuring more than compensate for such inadequacies.

The way ‘Naps’ is pieced together is immaculate and so achieves the impression of effortlessness. This is the case in each individual track here, as well as throughout the course of the EP as a whole. Pauses between each track are minimal and the tracks’ ordering facilitates smooth transitions, as well as an excitingly abrupt one from ‘Sleep Shock’ into ‘Naps’ shortest track, ‘Misogamist’. The latter is particularly impressive for its ability to transition between sections of beautifully tumbling melodies and playfully aggressive octave chords flawlessly. The EP as a whole flies by in a fantastically joyous blur and this is largely as a result of its near-unbroken fluidity and dizzying rhythms and riffs.

If ‘Naps’ really is Kidcrash’s last release, then it is to be a fitting end to a splendid discography. This is not because it is their best release (it isn’t; ‘Jokes’ is), nor is it their most ground-breaking release. ‘Naps’ does, however, perhaps best represent the sound they have strived to achieve over the last few years: the intensity, the textural diversity, the playful aggression, the high standard of musicianship, the ability to craft exciting and mesmerising music. As such, it carries an almost commemorative sense of joie de vivre about it; this is a joy to behold. In this sense ‘Naps’ is what Kidcrash are (/were?) about. It’s also bloody brilliant.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 7th 2011


10663 Comments


It's like you broke into my head and wrote down my exact feelings. Fucking crazy.


Great review, pos.

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Tyrael
October 7th 2011


20971 Comments


This better not be their last release :[

Very nice review! Pos.

Yazz_Flute
October 7th 2011


18875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dicks.

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ohfoxxxycole
October 7th 2011


4353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

really good stuff

sniper
October 7th 2011


19079 Comments


didn't even know this was a thing. happy day.

someguest
October 7th 2011


21390 Comments


the music's free because it sucks!

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Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 7th 2011


10663 Comments


You suck


someguest
October 7th 2011


21390 Comments


i am crushed

craigy2
October 7th 2011


551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this isn't actually free... so...

ohfoxxxycole
October 7th 2011


4353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this cant be the end

craigy2
October 7th 2011


551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

apparently it is. which really sucks if true. don't hold me to that though.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
October 7th 2011


10663 Comments


I heard about a yearlong hiatus. Buuuuut who knows, that could end up being indefinite.

tkxxx7
October 8th 2011


6159 Comments


Review is mostly great but first paragraph starts out rough. Also,

(it isn’t, ‘Jokes’ is)


that should be a semicolon, not a comma

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2011


17945 Comments


ur first sentence ends with a preposition

craigy2
October 8th 2011


551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no. is still worth getting though.

p.s. i'll fix grammatical issues when i'm sober.x

flaffy
October 8th 2011


158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gosh darnit these guys are good

AlexKidcrash
October 8th 2011


1 Comments


Hi everyone, I just wanted to clarify that we're not calling it quits, and I'm not sure how that rumor even started! We've actually been on a hiatus since last November when we recorded Naps, almost one year ago. We've played a few shows, but our drummer has been at school in another state most of the time. He'll be returning at the end of February, and I'll be back in March. We should be writing some new stuff as usual.

Thanks everyone for the generous words!

djunior
October 8th 2011


833 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awsome, glad to hear that.

This is really good.

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ohfoxxxycole
October 8th 2011


4353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best fucking news thanks man

Skimaskcheck
October 8th 2011


2362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

are there rumours of Kidcrash dispanding then?! sad sad sad

EDIT: oh okay three posts too late

but yay!



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