Joliette
Convertirse En Agua


4.0
excellent

Review

by TheSupernatural USER (7 Reviews)
March 15th, 2013 | 19 replies | 1,661 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Who would've expected one of the best post-hardcore acts in recent years to be a Spanish-screaming band from Mexico?

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

I’m not well versed in music outside of the English-speaking world. I don’t count Volbeat or Daft Punk. I’ve listened to a little Maná and Reik, but that’s about it. Maybe one or two Enrique Iglesias songs in Spanish. Not even Rammstein. It all seemed a bit like a gimmick to me, as an American. Sure, I enjoy a couple Maná or Reik songs here or there, but I would never listen to them if the lyrics were in English. There’s a sort of charm and mystique in the foreign tongue that made the music more appealing. But how can I compare them to their English-speaking counterparts? Maná is essentially The Eagles, while Reik is Lifehouse.

Using that example, Joliette closest to early Thursday (Thursday morning, if you will). The guitars scream defiant melodies throughout the better part of the EP. The drums are fast but precise. The clean vocals are eerily similar to Geoff Rickly’s. However, Joliette is different in a couple different areas, which I will go over.

First, it’s impossible to ignore the Spanish lyrics. That doesn’t mean they’re bad, and based on what I’ve been able to understand (I took three years of Spanish in high school and still study here and there), they tend to tell personal, albeit vague stories. For example, “Al caer, voy perdiéndome dentro de tus ojos que arden como el sol/Y al caer, pierdo el color, permanezco estático,” (Solar). The fact that it’s in Spanish seems to have little impact on how everything comes together.

The lead guitar features plenty of rapid, and often dissonant melodies. Between the lead, rhythm, and guitars, they almost sound out of tune. This dissonance works well in creating a new dark atmosphere. With the hectic screaming and unpredictable drumming, Joliette’s music reveals itself as quite chaotic. However, it is clearly planned out. The songs are structured similarly to the songs in Thrice’s Illusion of Safety: there’s a clear chorus, and you’ll hear it only once or twice. “A. Baldwin” is the most interesting song on the EP, lacking a solid chorus and utilizing a 7/8 groove to build anticipation for the intense end.

The band still has plenty of room for improvement. Specifically, they would benefit by focusing on more calmer and quiet parts in order to mount tension for the heavy musical anarchy that they construct. “Veinte+20menos” becomes the weakest song for this reason. Structurally, the song is great, but it relies too much on the lead guitar tone to highlight everything. In the last song, “Juan Pérez,” the band summarizes the previous four songs in a stunning five-minute epic whose power cannot be understated.

For a debut five-song EP, Convertirse en Agua is quite strong. The songwriting and production quality are dually impressive. The Spanish lyrics are a point of interest, but not the defining quality of the songs. For a band so young, they show plenty of maturity and promise, and they deserve to be lauded for that.



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TheSupernatural
March 15th 2013



848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The EP is free at band's website: http://www.joliette.mx/

Definitely better than that Senses Fail song in Spanish that was released recently.

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CaptainHadouken
March 15th 2013



1960 Comments


Might check this out. sounds decent. Good review, pos'd

Cormano
March 15th 2013



920 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

lol these faggots just got their money and gear stolen from their van like 2 days ago

Cormano
March 15th 2013



920 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

good review but this isn't a 4

TheSupernatural
March 15th 2013



848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah I saw : assholes always going after the good bands

Cormano
March 15th 2013



920 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

funny thing is that the city in which that happened isn't even a dangerous place

taxidermist
March 15th 2013



7175 Comments


Damn, sucks for Vakuola :/

Cormano
March 15th 2013



920 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

well apparently they're rich kids anyways

TheSupernatural
March 15th 2013



848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Are they? I don't understand how being rich means being robbed on tour and struggling to find the funds to finish the tour is less difficult.

Cormano
March 15th 2013



920 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I don't know, like I said, apparently they are, judging by what some people were saying on the internet

Owantjaaaa
March 15th 2013



2772 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

''lol these faggots just got their money and gear stolen from their van like 2 days ago"
Using faggot as an insult and laughing when someone gets their stuff stolen? You really are a piece of shit

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mursu
March 15th 2013



252 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Review was good, pos'd. I haven't listened to this for a while.

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Cormano
March 15th 2013



920 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"Using faggot as an insult and laughing when someone gets their stuff stolen? You really are a piece of shit"
I'm sorry

Owantjaaaa
March 15th 2013



2772 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool

TheSupernatural
March 15th 2013



848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Might be a KILL alt, tread carefully

vakuola
March 15th 2013



274 Comments


Rich kids? Nah brother, people talk a lot of shit on the internet, and actually we were able to continue touring thanks to friends who helped us sending money, even if it wasn't in a dangerous place, it could've happened to anyone.

Anyway, if anybody wants to listen to a couple of new songs I can send 'em over

Owantjaaaa
March 15th 2013



2772 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd like to hear some of the new songs
72haha72 said he would send me some of the new stuff a while back, but i think he forgot about it

Asdfp277
March 15th 2013



847 Comments


sounds like i'd hate it, sweet gonna check

72haha72
March 18th 2013



430 Comments


Thanks to everyone who has invested some time in joliette, wether by checking our music out or by erratically calling us "faggots". We're honored either way, we just want to make ourselves known both inside and outside of Mexico. I'll share with you guys the link to our newest video, hope you like it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qAQYam7Xqw



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