Binary Heart
Splitsville


3.5
great

Review

by Statrick Pickles USER (63 Reviews)
September 20th, 2012 | 7 replies | 1,386 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: mostly nice sounds

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

After many years as the defiantly pragmatic drummer for (now defunct) Bomb the Music Industry! (and formally for Long Island's The Arrogant Sons of Bitches), Mike Costa set out to make a (sort of) solo record. I can't help but recall my last (and, let's be real, my only) conversation with the heroically unsung percussionist following a sweltering living room show that gave Flagstaff in mid-July a run for its money. That "conversation" involved Costa casually dragging on a cigarette while I rambled incessantly about how Scrambles was the sixth best record of all time, oozing fanboy vibes harder than a late 90's preteen with Ricky Martin backstage passes. His response - a sidearmed comment about how Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba is so intensely underrated - has been brought to new light in the wake of Quote Unquote Records' and Mike Costa's very own, Binary Heart.

There's something oddly fascinating about how an otherwise insouciant remark from atop a cracked Pittsburgh sidewalk seems to define a record released years after the fact, yet it feels so casually intentional on Splitsville. Just four unassuming tracks have made their way onto the twosome's debut, taking all the right hints from punk's last two decades in the process. Where Skiba found his coup de maƮtre in an embittered howl, Costa relies on a much smoother approach - an effortlessly heartfelt tenor - to convey his stories and misgiving. Opener 'My Last Night in San Francisco' is the product of a Kerouac novel and a pre-2003 Smoking Popes track slugging it out over unhealed old wounds. The fact that 'We Lied in Silence' isn't a bonus track on As the Eternal Cowboy is terrifically shocking. In a nutshell, Splitsville is the musical mind of Mike Costa finally crawling its way out from behind the drum set. It's simple, pure and fantastically compact. It's still trying hard to stomach last night's liquid decisions. Yet the true magic of Splitsville lies in the fact that Costa's solo endeavors have at long last begun their journey to fruition, after so many years of tragically underrated percussion-management. That journey is anxiously awaiting its well-deserved entrance into your lonely ear canals - so don't be a boob, ya boob.



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iFghtffyrdmns
September 20th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

if btmi can come back from the dead and play one last show then i can too you little fuckers

riyl: quote unquote





Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 20th 2012



49801 Comments


You're the best at these personal reviews man

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Gyromania
September 20th 2012



15200 Comments


nice write-up. pos

iFghtffyrdmns
September 20th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wurst b/c its also a sausage

congrats on making contrib there gyro, btw

pmmets07
September 20th 2012



5848 Comments


cool album art

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
September 20th 2012



2714 Comments


I really like this - you begin by waltzing into a casual conversation while writing the whole review in the same kind of style and conciseness of said talk. Noice.

dimsim3478
October 4th 2013



4738 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really fantastic review.

Holy shit, I LOVE MIKE'S VOICE.

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