Comadre
Comadre


4.0
excellent

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson EMERITUS
January 5th, 2013 | 199 replies


Release Date: 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 
sniper
January 5th 2013


19075 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.

Cygnatti
January 5th 2013


28590 Comments


hell yes, great band

didn't even know about this

Electric City
Emeritus
January 5th 2013


15756 Comments


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

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


19075 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.

taxidermist
January 5th 2013


7218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The return of Iluvatar. Alas.

Electric City
Emeritus
January 5th 2013


15756 Comments


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

SeaAnemone
January 5th 2013


21388 Comments


never thought much of this band

SeaAnemone
January 5th 2013


21388 Comments


yeah

chambered99
January 5th 2013


889 Comments


Summercide is the jam

kitsch
January 5th 2013


5110 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


21388 Comments


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

Tyrael
January 5th 2013


21005 Comments


Great work compadre

will check

SeaAnemone
January 5th 2013


21388 Comments


yeah I didn't keep up with emo at all in 2012 really besides a few exceptions
pretty uninterested in the genre now, I only really jam Gospel/Off Minor/Ten Grand/pg.99/Hoover on occasion and some old emocore stuff I guess


SeaAnemone
January 5th 2013


21388 Comments


$5? goddamn no

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 5th 2013


52911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I will probably hate but will check anyway

Digging: Grandview - Everything Between Paint and a Wall

SeaAnemone
January 5th 2013


21388 Comments


I mean ya I kno but I repeat: not really jamming emo much anymore no desire to get into new stuff

and I have Wolf Ticket or whatever but I didn't like it it was just a boring punkier version of Trphy Scars /poorcomparison

SeaAnemone
January 5th 2013


21388 Comments


late for an xmas get-together (who has xmas things after xmas????) and therefore should stop posting on sputnik but I'll probably check it out when I return if I remember

kitsch
January 5th 2013


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

everyone grows out of emo but its always fun to listen to



although stuff like hoover, angel hair, and antioch never get old



the LP is only 12 bucks, which isnt bad for vinyl. if i like the stream i may buy this

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 5th 2013


52911 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Drag Blood is fuckin sweet





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