Jairus
The Need To Change the Mapmaker


4.5
superb

Review

by Darknessca USER (4 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Album: The Need to Change the Mapmaker
Label: Skipworth Records
Web: [url]www.jairusonline.com[/url]
Line Up:
Adam Bray - vocals
Dan Lucas - guitar/vocals
Jay Gillett - guitar
Ricky Laing - bass
Symon Minter - drums

From the UK comes Jairus, a 5 piece hardcore band. The band formed in October 2001 and released 2 demos before this cd, and began to gain support among many UK hardcore fans. This is their debut cd from Skipworth Records (home to the brilliant ForDireLifeSake)...released in march 2004 in the europe (and it should be released in the US around september 2004)

Once you get your hands on this cd, you will immediatley be impressed by the artwork. This artwork is absolutley fantastic and is some of the best I have ever seen in my life. Even the cd itself is printed beautifully. Are first impressions always right, however? The first song, Lucco Sleeps On Screen kicks in, showing off Adam's sort-of airy, sort-of high pitched scream. The band shows in this song they are able to switch from a brutal sound to soft singing and back. Sidewalk Dances begins heavier than the previous song and features Oliver Goodland (from SecondSmile fame, [url]www.purevolume.com/secondsmile[/url]). This is a standout track on the cd, the mesmorizing guitar blends in perfectly with the scream/sing mix. This isnt like any other screaming singing band, which just trades off or does the same thing as everyone else. This is an extremely original way of doing it, I'd say. Track 3, ...And Caligula Blushed has much to live up to after the second track, and not only does it live up to it...it surpasses it. The strange electronic sample brings the song into full force. Double bass pedal going, guitars playing and fast, welcoming Adam's scream. Undoubtedly one of the best songs on this cd, and the perfect pit song. The small singing part "Using all defence they drew a sense of their curfews" is perfectly placed as a semi-chorus. The band slows down and picks up where they left off, as hard as ever. Brilliant. Cut the Six Minute Caller is where Adam gets to "talk" as music goes, but the song quickly picks up, the guitars playing completley different riffs that flow perfectly.

Next comes the strange instrument Our Modern Red, Selfless. This song is the perfect break for the cd. It isnt too electronic, but it definetly isnt like anything you've heard. A piano comes in with a beautiful part one minute into it. It's soft and beautiful and lets you take a break from everything for a while. One of the best instrumentals I have ever heard. It slowly drags itself into Abandons The Exterior Look where the bass gets to show itself off a little bit more than usual. It is one of the softer songs on this cd, mostly with Adam half singing, half talking. Wilomina-Theodoseus-Hangs is not only one of the weirdest song titles ever, but its also a great song! The guitars overpower everything in the intro and lead into the song perfectly. You get a sense of Adam's cryptic lyrics (which are not included in the booklet sadly, but on their message board he has posted many of them)

We burn this town while your feet trapse through the landfills, eyes blind, eyes blind. As fallacy rules...
From caskets to cavalcades with rain-making blankets. Trapping nerves of common coins as cars make melodies. We bury this spear together in the sides of idles without consent following, stalking chalk-white outlines in the floor with your nails broken. These streets shall forget us while they trapse through the landfills. Eyes blind, eyes blind.
Trapping nerves of common coins, we bury this spear into the idles side.

Does it make sense? Not really. Does it work? Hell yes! The Double Bass pedal returns for Spindley in a good way. It's another great track on here....Adam again screaming, singing, and talking his way through it. The guitar is another highlight in this song. The riffs can go into the background or come out full force. Street Lights Point The Way has a great breakdown in it, and is another heavy song on this cd. The final track on the cd "Ara Pacis begins brutally, slows down and picks up the pace again...guitars playing perfectly of the other. It ends with the fast pace guitar playing an octave for a minute or so fading out as Adam repeats "bring gasoline I'll do the murders".

The production on this cd is absolutley perfect for the band. It sounds perfect. The band's riffs, vocals, drums and bass all play so well together its as if this band has been playing together for 5 years or more. This is absolutley one of the most mature debut cd I have EVER heard.

Rating: 4.5/5

Recommended Tracks: Sidewalk Dances, ...And Caligula Blushed, Our Modern Red Selfless, Wilomina-Theodoseus-Hangs

A MUST for fans of hardcore. They aren't really similar to hopesfall musically, but in the idea that they are hardcore...yet so different from most of today's hardcore bands. This really is a brilliant cd. In order to truly appreciate it...you really have to buy the cd. Im not kidding, this artwork is faboulous. I own hundreds of cds and this is definetly the best artwork out of all of them.


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Darknessca
August 20th 2004


34 Comments


im kind of dissapoint nobody has commented. This can be attributed to the fact that 99% of people here listen to ****ty commercial music.

Ramsey
August 20th 2004


28 Comments


[QUOTE=Darknessca]im kind of dissapoint nobody has commented. This can be attributed to the fact that 99% of people here listen to ****ty commercial music.[/QUOTE]
Not really, its just that no one cares. ;)


Don't overgeneralize, tons of people here don't listen to commercial music.

Darknessca
August 21st 2004


34 Comments


Sure, but I doubt many of them actually go in and try to find quality acts like this. Im just saying people should check out smaller bands...there is always good stuff.

204409
Emeritus
August 21st 2004


3998 Comments


Also not everybody here is British.

Darknessca
August 22nd 2004


34 Comments


I'm not british, I'm canadian.

Iai
Emeritus
August 22nd 2004


3553 Comments


[QUOTE=Darknessca]Sure, but I doubt many of them actually go in and try to find quality acts like this. Im just saying people should check out smaller bands...there is always good stuff.[/QUOTE]

Yes, there is. There's also a hell of a lot of small bands out there. Not everyone who checks out small bands has heard of Jairus - they've been looking at other bands. Jairus are not the only underground band in the world. If somebody has not heard of Jairus, that does not automatically mean they only listen to what you've decided is "****ty music". Please realise this.

I'm British, I like hardcore, and I don't like these guys. They're alright, but nothing special. In fact, the only people I know who like them are the elitist crowds who listen to commercial hardcore and refuse to hang out with anyone who doesn't paint Xs on their hands and act like some sober Messiah. And, from hearing them talk, I know the bands they listen to are as disposable to them as Pop Idol contestants are to pre-pubescent girls. In 3 months, they'll have a new band to thrust down everybody's throats.

Normally you're quite mature, but your posts in this thread have been really bigoted.

Darknessca
August 22nd 2004


34 Comments


[QUOTE=Iai]Yes, there is. There's also a hell of a lot of small bands out there. Not everyone who checks out small bands has heard of Jairus - they've been looking at other bands. Jairus are not the only underground band in the world. If somebody has not heard of Jairus, that does not automatically mean they only listen to what you've decided is "****ty music". Please realise this.

I'm British, I like hardcore, and I don't like these guys. They're alright, but nothing special. In fact, the only people I know who like them are the elitist crowds who listen to commercial hardcore and refuse to hang out with anyone who doesn't paint Xs on their hands and act like some sober Messiah. And, from hearing them talk, I know the bands they listen to are as disposable to them as Pop Idol contestants are to pre-pubescent girls. In 3 months, they'll have a new band to thrust down everybody's throats.

Normally you're quite mature, but your posts in this thread have been really bigoted.[/QUOTE]

I admit it was harsh what I said, but most of the people that I've seen here really don't go too deep. I know Jairus isnt the only underground band, but I find a lot of people here don't go past major labels. I dont put X's on my hand, because im not straight edge. Commerical hardcore? is there such a thing? There's nothing wrong with getting into new bands all the time, as long as they are the kind of bands you'll listen to for awhile. And I didnt expect people to have heard of Jairus...i just expected some people to read this review and maybe check them out.

Iai
Emeritus
August 22nd 2004


3553 Comments


[QUOTE=Darknessca]Commerical hardcore? is there such a thing? There's nothing wrong with getting into new bands all the time, as long as they are the kind of bands you'll listen to for awhile. [/QUOTE]

I just wrote a big explanation and my browser cocked up. Cliff Notes Version =

If you ask those same hardcore sXe elitists what "commercial" music is, this is what they'll tell you.

"Disposable music." (the point you seemed to be getting at)
"Music that's more about the image than the actual music."
"Stuff on the radio."
"Music that does, or is designed to, sell lots of copies."

And yet, the hardcore crowd have been known to say a band is the greatest thing ever, that the singer is a genius, that everyone should download this track and that. As little as 6 weeks later, they have 'sold out'. And that's not an exaggeration. Surely this makes it disposable?

The reason they like bands like Jairus is because it gives them a name to drop in conversaton, that will make a casual observer think, 'Wow! I've never heard of them!' It's because they want to look intelligent, they want to look different, they want to look 'cool'. Surely, then, it's all about the image?

Sales are relative. Hardcore will, arguably, never sell well enough to be chart-topping. But, over here at least, Jairus sell very well by hardcore standards. So, in the realm of hardcore, this is music that sells well.

And, to top this all off, I've heard Jairus on the radio. Not some obscure pirate station, or college radio - on the country's biggest station, Radio 1. So, yes, they are on the radio.

That'll be all 4 points covered, and that's what I mean by "commercial hardcore".

Darknessca
August 22nd 2004


34 Comments


That's the UK, its not the same here. I dont use Jairus as a name drop - i want more people to listen to them because I think they are good. I want them to come over here...and they need some fans in order to do that.

Iai
Emeritus
August 22nd 2004


3553 Comments


[QUOTE=Darknessca]That's the UK, its not the same here. I dont use Jairus as a name drop - i want more people to listen to them because I think they are good. I want them to come over here...and they need some fans in order to do that.[/QUOTE]

Well, the second post in this thread was very reminiscent of that attitude I described, but I don't personally know you, so I could never judge. If that is the case, e-mail the band and tell them. And don't abandon them if they do end up over there. :thumb:

cfbassist
August 26th 2004


349 Comments


jairus is awesome!
and quit arguing about hardcore stuff.
i love this band and i have for a while.

Darknessca
August 26th 2004


34 Comments


[QUOTE=Iai]Well, the second post in this thread was very reminiscent of that attitude I described, but I don't personally know you, so I could never judge. If that is the case, e-mail the band and tell them. And don't abandon them if they do end up over there. :thumb:[/QUOTE]

done and done. their US tour is cancelled, but they are coming to canada in early 2005.

RubberSoul87
November 20th 2009


10 Comments


A Gem



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