Gypsy
Giant's Despair


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mary Paultese USER (35 Reviews)
February 29th, 2012 | 21 replies | 7,370 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wilkes-Barre is at it again; featuring members of bands well-versed in the hardcore scene including Cold World’s guitarist, Alex Russin, on vocal duties, Gypsy are here to bring you what may be one of the most overlooked releases of 2012.

First things first: Gypsy sounds a lot like Jawbreaker. In fact, anyone who has ever listened to the hugely influential emo band (especially Dear You or other later works) will be instantly reminded of Blake Schwarzenbach’s airy vocals upon hearing Giant’s Despair. Luckily, Gypsy’s appeal lies in many areas besides their obvious sonic similarities to Jawbreaker, so let’s not dwell on that fact. Giant’s Despair is a huge debut from the Wilkes-Barre band, combining all the appeal of 90s emo with immense guitar riffs, booming bass tones, and ample vocal hooks.

Highly regarded punk producer, Will Yip (who recently worked with bands such as Title Fight, Dead End Path, and Mother of Mercy), did wonders for the album, giving it a truly distinct and powerful sound. Tones of each instrument weave in and out of one another in harmony, creating an atmosphere that seems to melt through the listener’s skin and straight into his or her bones. Driving, melodic leads seep in through one ear, while Alex Russin croons into the other. Groovy guitar solos complete with “wah-wah” make occasional appearances throughout the album on tracks like “Count Your Blessings” and “Unconditionally Dependent.” Guitar solos are surprisingly and unfortunately scarce in current emo/punk, and the classic rock-loving 8th grader in me misses them dearly. It is refreshing to hear Gypsy inject such a tired and true aspect of rock into a genre that is often complacent; nearly anyone can start a punk band and play a few power chords, but Gypsy prove that they have the musical prowess to transcend adequacy.

Giant’s Despair is an easily accessible album. At just under 30 minutes, each of the ten tracks is fairly concise, and memorable to boot. Whether it be the unforgettable chorus in “(Non) Fiction,” the dark, reverberating guitar riffs in “All Along,” or the distorted backup vocals in “Selfish Blues,” each listener will walk away from the album with something different to remember it by. Don’t sleep on Gypsy, because their Six Feet Under debut LP can easily compete with similar releases, such as Basement’s brilliant debut, I Wish I Could Stay Here, and Title Fight’s ever-popular Shed. While Gypsy may or may not get the same amount of recognition as the aforementioned bands, Giant’s Despair is more than enough proof that they are indeed worthy of sharing the stage.



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pmmets07
February 29th 2012



5846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

AYO. LISTEN TO THIS ASAP.

Spluger
March 1st 2012



1119 Comments


I might just have to check this out because a Russin brothers in it.

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pmmets07
March 1st 2012



5846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i bought it on amazon. dunno if there are download links anywhere.

pmmets07
March 1st 2012



5846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056048/

Spluger
March 1st 2012



1119 Comments


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f3/Potatoes.jpg

pmmets07
March 2nd 2012



5846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

spluger's got it covered

Arecibo
March 19th 2012



18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album's great.

pmmets07
March 19th 2012



5846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah it's seriously underrated thus far. especially on this site seeing as there are only 3 ratings for it.

Spluger
March 19th 2012



1119 Comments


fuk

Symmetry
March 24th 2012



43 Comments


More people need to listen to this. Does anyone else feel like the bass drum is really forward in the mix?

Spluger
March 24th 2012



1119 Comments


fuk

pmmets07
March 24th 2012



5846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeee people startin to recognize

Spluger
March 24th 2012



1119 Comments


I don't know why, but this album cover is pretty fucking awesome.

Eko
May 15th 2012



2119 Comments


gonna check this out

guitarplaya91
May 26th 2012



485 Comments


This is so great.

pmmets07
May 26th 2012



5846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah one of 2012s best so far for sure

pmmets07
October 13th 2012



5846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

come on this needs more love

Cygnatti
November 16th 2012



21349 Comments


is this any good?

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pmmets07
November 16th 2012



5846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

top 10 material

Cygnatti
November 16th 2012



21349 Comments


hmm



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