Comadre
Comadre


4.0
excellent

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson STAFF
January 5th, 2013 | 249 replies | 18,279 views


Release Date: 01/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An eclectic release from a well respected diy band, "Comadre" pushes boundaries while still delivering thrills, with some unexpected chills to accompany them.

As a band, Comadre have always been most notable for the fact that out of all the “screamo” bands to have broken out since the mid-00’s, they are one of the few that never seem to have let up. Even though they’ve only released two ‘real’ records since 06, that time has been filled with splits and mix-tapes, constantly updating their catalogue. Along with the fact they are always playing somewhere, sometime (and never missing a single Fest to boot), its impressive that they’ve spent all of this time without some huge change in sound. Segue into…

“Whoa, guys, did you hear the new Comadre album? Its like…totally different.”
-Some guy in some living room, somewhere in Southern California

Comadre, as a self-titled released, is incredibly self assured. Whereas most bands would use the opportunity of self-titling an album to reassert their sound, Comadre flips this on its head by going balls-to-the-wall with expanding their style. While they’ve always made a habit of being an ‘eccentric’ hardcore band, they pretty much shed any inhibitions and go straight into making some kind of crazy blend of 80’s punk revival, post-punk, 90’s alternative and post-hardcore. While the first two tracks, “Color Blind” and “Cold Rain” are solid if straightforward up hardcore songs, once you get into “King Worm”, with it’s dark synth-pop aesthetic and the Nick Cave/Robert Smith vocals playing off their usual strained screaming, the album really starts opening up.

“Summercide” is a brilliant first single, playing up the *** sounding keyboard-through-amp recording to give the song a driving beat. As infectiously catchy as it is tonally abrasive, Comadre somehow manage to keep the song from getting too ridiculous. “Drag Blood”, likely the strongest song the band has ever written, manages to transition from trumpet riffs and huge synth notes into a slow, deliberately plodding bridge as vocalist Juan screams “the Devil owes me” to chilling effect. As a matter of increased note, the harsh vocals have become even more of a sticking point: the delivery goes from throat-shredding yells to ear-piercing yelps (honestly, it gets pretty close to Jerome’s Dream level insanity at times), and those who get annoyed by those types of screaming might have to take a minute to adjust to how abrasive the vocals can be at times.

That said, the trademark intensity of Comadre has transformed on this record. Gone are the days of the windmill-mosh of “Breakfast of Champions” and “Blackland Dirt”, replaced by aggressive sections that can honestly only be described as ‘dance-mosh’, minus all the incredibly negative connotations you’d normally associate with that kind of description. The album can go from Germs worship into a movie soundtrack-like instrumental, followed by a soulful R&B sample, transition into quiet musical interlude and then back into ferocious hardcore without missing a beat. Where most other punk bands are content to use other genres as gimmicks to prop up their weaker moments, Comadre never relent with their writing, rarely leaving you not surprised or unimpressed with a song. While its certainly too eclectic to cater to everyone, if you can deal with a tastefully executed mix of hardcore, punk, post-punk, alt, and post-post-post-post-post whatever you want to label it as, Comadre is an excellent evolution and a great way to kick off diy punk in 2013.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2013


16088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album is streaming for free at http://comadre.bandcamp.com/album/comadre. you can preorder it right
off of there as well.

sniper
January 5th 2013


19049 Comments


i tried to see this band last night for free with loma prieta but the venue stopped letting people in when i was literally 4th in line to get in. fuck free shows.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2013


16088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

dude they tweeted like 10 minutes after that "dont leave, theyre letting more people in" =/ sucks

Cygnatti
January 5th 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hell yes, great band

didn't even know about this

Digging: Jon Hopkins - Immunity

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2013


15737 Comments


i hate it when bands name a self titled album. is it really that hard to come up with an album name?

Digging: Ricky Eat Acid - Three Love Songs

marksellsuswallets
January 5th 2013


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Comadre has basically become the benchmark for good DIY punk for me. Band can do no wrong really.

sniper
January 5th 2013


19049 Comments


they let more people in multiple times until eventually the owner came locked the door and told us to fuck off. i drove home and got drunk instead.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2013


16088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

id rather have it be self titled than it be called "comadres traveling circus of flying dicks" adam

taxidermist
January 5th 2013


7203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The return of Iluvatar. Alas.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2013


15737 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/soundoff.php?albumid=116766

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2013


16088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeah adam i know YOU ALREADY TOLD ME

SeaAnemone
January 5th 2013


20284 Comments


never thought much of this band

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2013


16088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

eric you're a silly person. didnt you like death of anna karina? if so, this is up your alley

SeaAnemone
January 5th 2013


20284 Comments


yeah

chambered99
January 5th 2013


801 Comments


Summercide is the jam

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2013


16088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

its got some similar stuff going on, if its a lot more poppy and less outright weird. check it out bro

Xenophanes
Emeritus
January 5th 2013


10593 Comments


Album is so kawaii

kitsch
January 5th 2013


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

self titled albums are cool

you hooked me into listening to this with 'dark synth-pop'

SeaAnemone
January 5th 2013


20284 Comments


oh wait didn't know there was a band by that name thought you meant the Tolstoy story woops lol
never heard them

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 5th 2013


16088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

its lol to see all the old 'skramz' posters coming out and no newfags. =(

sea your emo cred is shit



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