Bomb the Music Industry!
Vacation


5.0
classic

Review

by William Lim USER (23 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2013 | 52 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


This is Not a Review: "Bomb the Music Industry! – An Epitaph"

Everybody that loves you / will be leaving someday soon

It’s been almost a year since Bomb the Music Industry! called it quits, and I’ve only just realized that I haven’t sat down and said “you know what? I loved this band,” (emphasis on the past tense). I mean, I’ve listened to BtMI! hundreds of times since their breakup, but it was only tonight while nostalgically listening to Adults!!! that I actually sat down and realized what it means to say that “BtMI! are over. They broke up.”

You have to understand that Bomb! were something incredible. They brought together a Fugazi DIY ethic, a vitally human personality, and a musical output which spanned a huge range in not just genre but also emotion: from gut-wrenching folk singalongs to intensely fun spastic-ska-electronic-God-knows-what. It’s a combination that was unbelievably perfect--that someone like Jeff Rosenstock could express to us through thoroughly incredible music and a saintly approach to the business side of music that he felt failure and depression and loneliness--despite all his grandiose achievements, he was still human. I guess it’s the ultimate statement on the disillusionment entailed in living a normal life in this day and age. Finding something that you love and pouring your heart into it will always be what BtMI! represents to me.

The breakup of Bomb! specifically feels a bit like something (or someone) vital in your life dying: it’s the realization that nothing will ever come close to what this band was. Listening to Bomb! now truly evokes the sentiment that you don’t appreciate the things you love most until they’re gone. I only saw the band live once, and it was a short set in which they played maybe ten songs. Out of six brilliant studio albums, a few EPs and an array of miscellaneous material, this was honestly miniscule. And it’s heartbreaking that I could have seen Jeff live only a year prior for $10 but passed it up for a reason I can no longer even remember. But then you think “hey, Bomb! was pretty much completely written and recorded by Jeff, and he’s still doing solo stuff”. In truth, this isn’t so much of a reassuring thought. When we came to Vacation, BtMI! was finally a conventional band: it took them six albums and an EP, but Jeff wasn’t really a spastic nutbag anymore, and that’s depressing, even if Vacation is a borderline perfect record. The final nail in the coffin for me was when Jeff put out his “Teenager” single, and it was clear that Jeff was never going to write entirely crazy records again. It’s not like I blame the guy, but with Bomb! over I don’t think we’ll see another “Side Projects Are Never Successful” or “Blow Your Brains Out on Live TV” again, live or otherwise: those songs were crazy, invigorating and f**king beautiful but, above all, they were completely unique. Where giants of music have come and gone, there have often been bands of a similar sound to carry on the legacy, but the breakup of BtMI! was one of those moments where you knew that we would never see anything of the like ever again. Bomb! went the way of the dinosaur or the Tasmanian tiger or the woolly mother-f**king mammoth and only left behind the bones that are their records for us to marvel at what once was.

BtMI! breaking up did give me something positive, however: I can say honestly that they are my favourite band of all time and I highly doubt that that will ever change. I have this theory that the best bands are always the ones that have broken up, and that cliché that “you don’t fully appreciate the things you love most until they’re gone” plays into it. Moreover, BtMI! ended the journey in the most wonderful of ways that was Vacation. Not only was it more than we could ask for in a record, but it closed at a place that contradicted Album Minus Band in so many ways in that it was focused, hi-fi and decisively conventional. Bomb the Music Industry! thus ended in a full circle which only enhanced the majesty of their career. And with that, they fulfilled something beautiful in death, leaving behind a legacy of music, personality, and an ethos unrivalled.

The final minute of “whoah oh whoah oh” that closes out the album proper is at once brilliant and impacting, and shows just how different, yet still very much ideologically the same, a band that once ended an album with the line “And if I had a big emo band or dropped out of college I would have never met you, man” can be when they’re finally all growed up.
--John [insert nickname here] Hanson rounds out Bomb the Music Industry!’s career




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Cygnatti
July 3rd 2013


22300 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Gr8 album.

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DirEnRefused
July 3rd 2013


2241 Comments


Band was most definitely something special, and you did them justice. Pos.

DirEnRefused
July 3rd 2013


2241 Comments


Anyone who complains that this isn't technically a "review" is an emotionless numnuts.

And yeah, probably their third or fourth best.

CK
July 3rd 2013


4952 Comments


This review might be a bit personal in a few, or many, instances, but it's all in good taste for the most part

dimsim3478
July 3rd 2013


5410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Version of the article with some images/embed YouTube vids attached: http://www.last.fm/user/dimsim3478/journal/2013/07/03/5v2o7u_bomb_the_music_industry!:_an_epitaph

Hey, Lakes.

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dimsim3478
July 3rd 2013


5410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

^I don't agree and am therefore wrong.

By the way, if you pause right before the outro chorus of the song during the "Everybody That You Love" official music video, you get this: http://i.imgur.com/n1He8ku.jpg

facupm
July 3rd 2013


8594 Comments


Review is gud

newjunk2
July 3rd 2013


232 Comments


This is their best album. I don't care what y'all have to say about that.

DinosaurJones
July 3rd 2013


491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You just made me sad

Kman418
July 3rd 2013


11339 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

first 5 review to be written for these guys congrats

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DinosaurJones
July 3rd 2013


491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They deserve it. As much as I love their earlier stuff, Scarmbles and Vacation are basically 5s. I'll probably bump my rating of this up at some point.

Kman418
July 3rd 2013


11339 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

great review but dude what are you talking about his solo stuff still rules hard, idk how you can 5 this but then be disappointed with teenager

bach
July 3rd 2013


13150 Comments


pos'd

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dimsim3478
July 3rd 2013


5410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Sorry if I didn't make it clear but I loved Teenager, it's just that when that song came out it was clear that Jeff was never ever ever going to write crazy songs like Side Projcts ever again.

Also, I don't actually have Vacation at a 5 (it's honestly like a 4.8 for me): keep in mind that this isn't a review, it's more of a blog post.

Kman418
July 3rd 2013


11339 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

idk i'd say he still does some crazy stuff like that, twinkle and i don't wanna die would most definitely fit that description imo

dimsim3478
July 3rd 2013


5410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Nah, in comparison to, say, Goodbye Cool World! I think they're kind of normal. I mean, yeah the piano on "Twinkle" and the utter Asian-ness of "I Don't Wanna Die" are weird but they're not spastic or anything.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2013


24098 Comments


"this isn't technically a "review""

you're seriously the worst fucking user

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dimsim3478
July 3rd 2013


5410 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Maybe he missed DirEnRefused's comment above it...

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2013


24098 Comments


I got no angst towards you, you just suck hard dick (and I'm sure I'd have some serious support if I printed up a petition stating that!!!). I'm not interested in talking about it, just felt like pointing out a terrible post, no matter how "tongue-in-cheek" you claim it was.

I should listen to this band.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2013


24098 Comments


edit:

hahahaha I totally didn't see the comment above it

I concede defeat

but I stand by my opinion of your suckage, you were just right on this ocassion

anyway this is the most I've sputniked in a while and I already hate it again (kind of my fault). as you were.



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