You Blew It!
Grow Up, Dude


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mary Paultese USER (35 Reviews)
April 26th, 2012 | 214 replies | 16,730 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You Blew It!'s Topshelf Records debut is cathartic party emo at its finest.

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

2011 was a rough year for emo fans. The successive disbandments of My Heart to Joy, Snowing, and Grown Ups were simply too much to bear, and left many followers of the renowned twinkle daddies (forgive me) sobbing as they clung dearly to their Parrot Flies records with what little hope they had left. Certainly, these three acts made their mark and left some seriously big shoes to fill, but bands like Orlando, FL’s You Blew It! have proven that there is no shortage of nerdy, cat-loving math rockers in the punk scene willing to step up to the plate. With their new Topshelf Records debut, You Blew It! truly show improvement from their first two EPs, and will undoubtedly win over any remaining skeptics of their previous work (if there are any). Through the use of jangly guitar riffs and scatterbrained lyrics, Grow Up, Dude perfectly encompasses the genre’s quirky charm and rivals Snowing’s I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted as the best sing-along party emo album to have come out in recent years.

Despite the polished, relaxed delivery of You Blew It!’s previous EP, Grow Up, Dude takes on a bit more of an unrefined approach. Fuzzier production and a “shoutier” singing delivery on most tracks give the album a different aesthetic than The Past in Present. While instrumentals still remain technical and interesting, the main focus has been shifted to the vocal department, run by Tanner Jones. Throughout the course of the album he intimately and humorously details countless parties, late-night hangs, and personal interactions. Take “I’m Bill Paxton” for example, in which Jones exclaims, “I’m right where I need to be: Spending sleepless nights at Steven’s and drinking too much coffee.” The lackadaisical, witty nature of the lyrics is perhaps the album’s most endearing aspect, and gives Grow, Up Dude a sense of individuality, which is something that is often lacking in the genre.

“Good for Bond, Bad for You” highlights everything that You Blew It! does well, featuring impressive drumming patterns, winding lead guitar lines, and drunkenly poetic lyrics such as, “Everything that you claim you’re into, you’re nothing to get attached to” - one of the many lines that makes the album so immediately memorable and easy to grasp. Lighthearted confrontation is a recurring lyrical theme that also pops up in the track (and in others as well) when Jones explains, “If you had anywhere else to be besides stealing beer at parties, frankly I’d be surprised.” As if the track was not likeable enough already, a guest vocal appearance by Steven Gray of Dikembe and Wavelets helps to add some variety, solidifying it as the standout track on the album, though the others are not far behind.

Throughout the course of the album there are many more gems to be found, including the all-too-singable “Terry Vs. Tori,” which was previously featured on a Topshelf Records compilation, as well as “The Fifties,” a subdued, drumless intermission with a strictly clean vocal approach. Overall, Grow Up, Dude is an expansive emo release with a lot of depth to it. Though You Blew It! have not rewritten the book on the genre as we know it, their original songwriting and lyricism is refreshing nonetheless. The album may have its moments of reservation, but it is one that is best played loudly to small, cohesive crowds, and I, for one, will be disappointed if I do not get the chance to scream alongside the Floridian emo rockers in a basement this summer.



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pmmets07
April 26th 2012



5791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

OP@ http://www.muzikdizcovery.com/

gabethepiratesquid
April 26th 2012



4521 Comments


naming an emo band after a Tim and Eric line is so lame.

Thane
April 26th 2012



2110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ok i'll get this

Cells
April 26th 2012



1875 Comments


agreed hard gabe i fucking detest that show

pmmets07
April 26th 2012



5791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you'll like it. promise.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
April 26th 2012



10556 Comments


THis sounds cool, but I'm indifferent to Snowing. Will I still like this?

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lucasjcockcroft
April 26th 2012



3672 Comments


great review, this album rules also.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 26th 2012



48574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Spraynard are named after Tim and Eric and they fucking rule
Will check this out

Digging: The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There

WeepingBanana
April 26th 2012



9900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i always thought these guys were named after that line in Billy Madison

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5RtlpXsl8k

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 26th 2012



48574 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah seems more likely


ITsHxCTOASTER
April 26th 2012



2431 Comments


The comparisons to Snowing make me feel like I should check them out again and the "party emo" tag makes me want to listen to this

Thane
April 26th 2012



2110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is really good so far. will probably be a 4 actually.

LifeAsAChipmunk
April 26th 2012



4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Really good record, guys, I promise.

'THis sounds cool, but I'm indifferent to Snowing. Will I still like this?'

I don't know. I haven't listened to Snowing yet, but I love it.

pmmets07
April 26th 2012



5791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if you like snowing you'd be hard pressed not to like this.

Nikkolae
April 26th 2012



4399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cant get enough of this

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Blackbelt54
April 26th 2012



4266 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm gonna get this ASAP, hopefully it'll satisfy my Snowing cravings. Nice review as usual

pmmets07
April 26th 2012



5791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks man. was really impressed with this release as only a moderate fan of the EP.

dansxdead
April 27th 2012



438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Medal of Honor is my favorite song on here. This album is way too good.

xstaytrue18x
April 28th 2012



550 Comments


band/album rules, definitely the best band off topshelf records. terry v tori is such a good song.

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TomAkaVeto
May 5th 2012



1523 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They have a song that references That Thing You Do. I love this band.



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