Morning Effort
I heard you the first time, it just wasn't funny


3.0
good

Review

by Tristan Jones USER (47 Reviews)
August 24th, 2014 | 51 replies


Release Date: 08/23/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Everything you love -- or hate -- about bedroom emo in less than ten minutes.

There's something strangely endearing about a musician that self-deprecates openly. This mindset can result in poignant, raw and heartfelt music. However, there's a fine line between creating music that supports this type of emotional venting and music that indirectly mocks it. And there's the question of whether or not that's a bad thing in itself -- music that is essentially saccharine pop-punk operating under the guise of something more profound. If the end product is truly enjoyable, is it worth the effort to scrutinize the authenticity of the feelings that are being projected?

I ask this because there are innumerable instances where I was ready to write off an artist completely when I began to question their sincerity. In my curmudgeony state of omniscience -- due to the trials and tribulations only fellow 22 year olds would understand -- I occasionally sneer at the emotional output of musicians younger than myself. I consider my limited experience with marriage, children, drugs and poor self-esteem; and I find it difficult to imagine every dime-a-dozen teenage emo band I come across having the slightest idea what real problems are. It is this pessimism bias that has prevented me from enjoying many bands in the past. Nonetheless, I cast aside these preconceived notions and gave Morning Effort a listen.

Morning Effort's latest EP, entitled I heard you the first time, it just wasn't funny, begins predictably with twinkly guitar work that sounds like it was recorded with a cardboard box. The vocals exemplify youthful naivety, and are often sung in a shouted melody similar to Brand New on Your Favorite Weapon. The lyrics are succinct, and are often belted in a raw fashion akin to Snowing, particularly on the blatantly titled 'shitty kinsella rip off'. Vocalist Matt Pollock draws primarily from themes of social anxiety, and the sense of paranoia that can often accompany it. For those who may have experienced social anxiety to some degree in their teen years, certain passages will feel all too familiar, particularly this excerpt from 'For Tabasco Use Only':

"So I'm trying to be brave in an uncomfortable place.
And these sceneries won't change at a normal form of pace.
And I'm trying to see what I see as a different point of view."

The music on this EP is emo/pop-punk at a vulnerable level. As a whole, I heard you the first time, it just wasn't funny is consistently catchy and lighthearted, but still fervent. The bass work is muddled and sloppy, but coincides nicely as it takes cues from the drummer. The drummer is competent and manages to even steal the show occasionally, notably with his tight use of cymbals during 'Jean Simmons'. Structurally, the songs are varied throughout, and the EP never feels too repetitive in its ten minute run time. All of the musical elements are well-suited to each other, though never really reach the level of energy required to get your blood pumping. Despite this, I heard you the first time, it just wasn't funny manages to be an enjoyable listen.

I heard you the first time, it just wasn't funny is an unexpectedly decent release from a relatively unknown band. While they never reach soaring new heights, Morning Effort have delivered an EP that will satiate fans of bedroom recorded emo music. If you're the type of listener who values profound emotions above all else, then you might be put off by Morning Effort's brand of naivety. But if you're willing to cast aside your reservations, you just might find something to love.



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JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 24th 2014


1895 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

http://morningeffort.bandcamp.com/album/i-heard-you-the-first-time-it-just-wasnt-funny

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ExplosiveOranges
August 24th 2014


3884 Comments


Just a tip: Try to wait until your review is bumped off the front page before posting another one. Yeah, I know that it's technically been a day since you posted your last one, but it's still a good idea to avoid having more than one on the front page at any given time. Other than that, though, review is fine. I'll probably stay away from this one.

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 24th 2014


1895 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Ah, I thought one-a-day was the only rule :/ I'll keep that in mind though, cheers

JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 24th 2014


1895 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

And yeah you wouldn't like this lol

StallionMang
August 24th 2014


6145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review pos'd; listening now, this rules

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 24th 2014


1895 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Cool, glad you like!

StallionMang
August 24th 2014


6145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely reminds me of Snowing or Midwest Pen Pals if they did bedroom pop

YakNips
August 24th 2014


13192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea this rules hard

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ExplosiveOranges
August 24th 2014


3884 Comments


Congrats on the feature, man!

YakNips
August 24th 2014


13192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah nice feature dude hard

too bad this is actually really good imo

tommygun
August 24th 2014


25413 Comments


'self-depreciates'

lose the letter 'i'

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 24th 2014


1895 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Depreciate is a real word Tommy, and I think I used it sensibly...
edit: actually, I'll change it since they kinda work the same in this case

JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 24th 2014


1895 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Lmao this got featured? Geez

BMDrummer
August 24th 2014


9899 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

knew yak would dig this

tommygun
August 24th 2014


25413 Comments


yea i know it's a real word but it's more commonly used to refer to items losing monetary value over time (vehicles etc)

self-deprecating is a better fit in the context of that sentence but w/e

YakNips
August 24th 2014


13192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

frankly most 'bedroom emo' is fucking unlistenable but this is great

JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 24th 2014


1895 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

@Tommy - nah you're right dude my bad. fixed
@Yak - I had a feeling you'd like this

melonade
August 24th 2014


1329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oooooo bedroom emo, sounds like my kind of shit

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thelastsignal
August 24th 2014


1587 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd! Downloading right now, I've been listening to a ton of emo lately.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 24th 2014


50958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet

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