Masked Intruder
Masked Intruder


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
February 14th, 2014 | 16 replies | 1,630 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Get sexy, pop-punks.

What springs to mind when you think of romantic music? Is it Barry White's booming bass voice filling a candlelit room? What about the slow grooves of Maxwell's first album or the rhythmic shapeshifting on Future Sex/Love Songs.

Or is it pop-punk? It's got to be pop-punk.

If you haven't heard Masked Intruder, that might seem a little confusing. They're an absolute gimmick in the most charming of ways; a four piece, colour-coded pop-punk band with sugary sweet melodies and a penchant for petty crimes. They're the Ramones meets a modern version of a leather-jacket wearing Hollywood street gang circa 1950s; the kind whose switchblades are combs and whose haircuts are the toughest things about them. They wear balaclavas, remain anonymous (but, like, are obviously probably The Ergs) and can cheese with the best of them. They're also responsible for what I'd argue is the most romantic album of 2013. And 2012, since it's a re-release. 2014, too, unless Maxwell or D'Angelo finally release their long awaited albums. Yes, Masked Intruder, their feature full length debut, is so nice I'll hype it thrice, and oh boy is it sexy.

Or whatever. But it's really great.

Some people say that love is a prison, and you're locked up whenever you're in it.
Well I don't buy it.
And anyway, if being locked away just meant waking up next to you everyday, well I wouldn't mind it.


And so begins the metaphor that carries the album. They're criminals, but only out of, likeā€¦ love. On "Unrequited Love," singer Blue lives up to his name. You can hear the frustration setting in atop the slinging guitar work. "I'm in love, unrequited love. Nobody cares for me. Every single day is lonelier than the last. Cried so many tears that I had to wring out my mask."

Holy shit, right? Here's a heartbreak we've all experienced, maybe not to the point of our balaclava's soaking through, but to the extent that frustration has led to something worse. For us that means isolating ourselves or overreacting; falling into a downward spiral of drunkenness and gloom. For Masked Intruder it means four part harmonies and an ensuing petty crime spree.

On "Breakin'" Blue escapes custody, metaphorically or otherwise, to be with the one he loves. On "Heart Shaped Guitar" we learn just how unrequited their romance is---they've never met. What happens next is both awkward and magical. Here's a guy so in love with a woman he's one upped Say Anything, swapping boom box for a heart shaped guitar and Peter Gabriel for an original. But she doesn't know him! He's crossing the line! Gross. Absolutely.

But their back and forth? It's fucking magical.

If this were real life there would be a real social implications to the song worth examining in great detail. Personal space, reciprocation and appropriate flirting are all issues we can dialogue about, but this isn't real life. Masked Intruder the band operate in a fantasy land that's somewhere between Grease and Rock 'n' Roll High School, one where rape culture doesn't exist. Masked Intruder the album exists in that same space, and in its short 29-minutes tells a phantom-relationship from front to back. It tells a story of infatuation, heartbreak, rejection and reaction. More than that, it does it with some serious musical chops.

Take a song like "Wish You Were Mine," a slow-burning heartbreaker with an a cappella backbone that's reminiscent of Glee's frolicking score, only, y'know, not nauseating. Here's a song with razor sharp guitars and a hearty swing and, more than that, lyrics that reek of earnest desperation. "All I want to say to you," sings Blue, "is that I wish you were mine."

By the time it ends, Masked Intruder sells itself as fantasy. It sells itself as an album filled with yearning. This from an album that features a song about a cat burglar falling for his would-be score.

"Hello Beautiful," croons Blue. "I can tell just by the look that's in your eyes that you don't consider this a nice surprise finding me here in your house. It may be true that I came here to rob you. Please believe that's something I would not do now that you blew me away."

The line between fantasy and fiction blurs the longer you listen to the album, and that's maybe the most endearing thing about it. These caricatures strip the real world implications of a stalking, breaking & entering love affair and replace them with childhood tinglings of love at first sight and the crippling reality of rejection.

"I had a dream that we walked hand in hand in the summer sun. You were eating a popsicle and we were having so much fun. We made out under the stars, you told me I'm the only one. So why don't you love me in real life?"



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tyler
Emeritus
February 14th 2014



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Honestly, I don't know.

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2014



1636 Comments


wow, long time since I've read a review from you.

Digging: My Brightest Diamond - None More Than You

Tyler
Emeritus
February 14th 2014



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It'd have been better if I waited the full four years, but at least I made my return with a review of a two year old album.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 14th 2014



17197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This isn't menstrual or tidal but it is unexpected.

silentstar
February 14th 2014



2231 Comments


I don't even know you but ...


you should have never left

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 14th 2014



16258 Comments


sweet a cocaine review

witchxrapist
February 14th 2014



10934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And upon his return, Tyler hypes good ass jams.

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StreetlightRock
Emeritus
February 14th 2014



3762 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is fun as fuck.

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Hep Kat
February 15th 2014



15000 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This isn't menstrual or tidal but it is unexpected.


who the fuck are you, because my e-buddy redskyformiles told me he HATED this band

Digging: Merchandise - After The End

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2014



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm surprised you 5'd this hep...

Hep Kat
February 15th 2014



15000 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

have you seen these guys live? i saw em with the queers and teenage bottlerocket last year best show ever, makes the album that much better

i love these guys, they're hilarious



Hep Kat
February 15th 2014



15000 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

also its like 2006 itt fuk

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2014



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Seen them a few times, they're great live yeah but...ehhh

Hep Kat
February 15th 2014



15000 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

they're definitely not the most fun pop-punk band out there lyrically, but these jams are catchy as shit

Kris.
May 22nd 2014



12152 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.avclub.com/article/go-crime-spree-new-masked-intruder-song-204920

new song
didn't know there was a new album coming out next week, fuck

Owantjaaaa
July 7th 2014



3204 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.swnk.org/articles/masked-intruder-is-everything-thats-wrong-with-2013s-punkscene/
heh this site will never stop being shit

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