Love Like... Electrocution
Love Like... Electrocution


4.0
excellent

Review

by ultradolphins USER (1 Reviews)
August 10th, 2007 | 124 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A completely solid release from a band often overlooked in their own country. One of the best Australian emo bands opus... That's all that needs to be said.

I first saw love like electrocution in 2004 when I was sixteen, playing with the Dillinger Escape Plan in Sydney with a fake ID. I was a typical Dillinger fan back then, impatient as anything to witness the “magnificence” that I had heard was a Dillinger show. I dismissed Love Like Electrocution as what they were to me then, simply an unpolished effort. Fast Forward to today and Love Like Electrocution is one of those bands that I kick myself for not seeing more often.

This album more than anything showcases the short life of one of the most promising bands I have ever seen in a genre that seems more concerned with emotion than any substance to back it up. Compiling the “She Was Red Hot” ep with five new tracks interspersed, the album flows surprisingly well possibly due to the slight homogeny of the songs. This I believe is something that can be overlooked when the songs sound as good as they do. Playing off against each other are two vocalists with different screaming styles, one a caustic high pitched scream, the other an almost spoken word yell. The vocal layering works well to flesh out what are often quite simplistic lyrics save for flashes of wit. The topics are varied and lack cliché which is always nice to see. My favourite of the album being those in “We’ve Built Our Tombs And Now We’re Sleeping In Them”

‘ ...and it’s with a hint of irony I suggest, faking a passing interest in European cycling races is little more than a bourgeoisie institution.’

In general, the songs lyrically are downright cryptic. “With Horses In Her Eyes She Struck Like A Wildcat” for instance seems to the best of my knowledge to be about a woman striking a cowboy down because he loves horses so much although I could really be missing the point badly on that one.

True musicianship in the band comes in the form of both guitarists who manage to provide an undoubtedly heavy experience while hot crossing it up a fair bit. Although nowhere in the technical league of said band, Love Like Electrocution perform flashy riffs mixed in with more atmospheric (not in the post rock sense, more in a wall of sound way) moments providing interesting textures and feelings as opposed to outright technicality, just the way it should be in my opinion. The rhythm section plays well taking the spotlight away from the guitars when need be, usually when creating a sense of calm before a heavier faster part. The bass doesn’t play too vital a part on first listen but with my bass player ears you can definitely pick up fills all over the place underplayed by the guitarists but creating an essential depth to the piece without which the mix would feel much thinner. The drums keep splashy on the hats a lot of the time thankfully not resorting to straight punk drumming and double kicks very often. Instrumentally the band mix it up a lot switching from poppier moments to straight out blast beating allowing the vocal interplay to overlap and bring the sound up a notch out of the mess of sound that is a lot of emo.

Thus presented is an amazing performance which has transferred surprisingly well to recording, always a bonus in a world where lo-fi recordings can sometimes be a chore to listen to. It’s polished but not to the point where it sounds manufactured. To be honest the record has that God City studios sound despite the fact that it was recorded and mastered halfway across the world.

It’s hard to describe the band in terms simple enough to discern to the uninformed listener who has not heard the band I’m not going to attempt as I simply don’t have the skill. Instead I will attempt to compare them to other bands of the genre, certainly a nice and lazy thing to do. Loves sound is not of the cinematic grandiose emo school like Funeral Diner or Circle Takes the Square nor is it straight out thrashiness like Orchid or Shikari to use unobscure reference points. Love Like Electrocution plays restrained emo, with almost a Belle Epoquish tinge to the music and yet the singing is almost early Blood Brothers meets Page 99. The songs are short with the typical long song titles and the whole album can’t go for more than fifteen minutes. It feels over in a flash, in the best possible way.

Unfortunately this can be seen as one of the negatives of the lp I believe. Although the album contains eleven songs it’s over so fast that it’s hard to become immersed in the song writing. The record is more like something you play in the car on a quick trip or waiting at a bus stop as opposed to something you sit down and analyse. There is not really a sense of continuity throughout with each song seeming to go off in a slightly different direction. However, it does not really do this enough to constitute a true change in writing, leaving the album coming off somewhat samey and yet not containing any real conceptual link between songs. This said, the album is a fantastic collection of screamo songs with a singalong edge. And although slightly short of classic, I believe it is one of the best recordings by a band of the genre.

For a band that only released one ep and this, essentially a discography, Love Like Electrocution has attained an almost legendary status in the screamo world. You only need to look in the admittedly terrible skramz boards all over the net where countless fans debate the true genre. For every person mentioning how good the used and other similar bands are there will no doubt be two or three “true” fans berating them with their use of quotes boxes and senses of self superiority. And one of the bands you’ll often hear in the oh so grating list of bands they provide as rebuttals is Love Like Electrocution, which is pretty good for five boys from Adelaide, a city pretty much otherwise known for its of churches.

Positives:
Excellent Musicianship and Vocals
Interesting Song Writing

Negatives:
Short For a Full Length
Slightly Samey

Standout Songs:
Tips for Avoiding the Clap: 1. I wouldn’t Piss on A Scorpion If It Was on Fire
With Horses In Her Eyes, She Spat Like A Wildcat

And If you’re into grindy type music you should probably check out one of the guys new bands,
Robotosaurus, www.myspace.com/robotosaurus Really Good old Daughters type stuff...


user ratings (83)
3.8
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
antihippy
August 11th 2007


696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well written review. you really described the band well.



one of my favourite emo albums. sometimes i wish that they had written more material.

br3ad_man
August 11th 2007


2126 Comments


Fantastic band. I dunno if they're still doing it, but Building were selling this album on ebay for $5 per copy as they're closing down.

I'm pretty bummed I never got to see these guys.

astrel
August 11th 2007


2615 Comments


This sounds like something I might enjoy.

lunchforthesky
August 11th 2007


1039 Comments


Excellent first review.

It's nice to see someone besides Pixies and DFelon review emo and know what they are talking about.

Great job, keep up the good work.

711
August 11th 2007


1340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

loooooove this band

great review.

ultradolphins
August 11th 2007


47 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow thanks for all the kind sentiments...

yeah ebay for the love is still going on but building closed down like a year ago I was talking to Damian from the label and hes like they might be starting up again so thats cool importing shit is pretty expensive, my distro went flat after like 2 months

at any rate I should be doing a whole lot more emo reviews when i get the time because this site is sorely lacking

that and more obscure Australian music

Lovely to meet you all

KritikalMotion
August 11th 2007


2281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

your orsum.



and im going to somehow check this band out.

antihippy
August 11th 2007


696 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

at any rate I should be doing a whole lot more emo reviews when i get the time because this site is sorely lacking





as long as you leave portraits and daitro alone. :p i was planning to do them too.

Fire Away
August 11th 2007


293 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nice review man

at any rate I should be doing a whole lot more emo reviews when i get the time because this site is sorely lacking



that and more obscure Australian music


have you heard Eleventh He Reaches London? i dunno if they're really 'emo' or not but they sound like a promising band anyway, out of perth i think.

cbmartinez
August 11th 2007


2525 Comments


Great review man, welcome to the site.

Confessed2005
August 11th 2007


5747 Comments


Hey, this review is awesome. I second cbmartinez's welcoming. This sounds pretty damn cool too.

204409
Emeritus
August 11th 2007


3998 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review and album. I've been a big fan of LL...E since Buddy showed them off to me in 04. I have all of these songs but for some the naming is messed up so I've never bothered figuring which below on the album or in what order. Nice.

ultradolphins
August 12th 2007


47 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thats a good idea actually i might do some eleventh he reaches London, theyre a very good band as far as things go. Or some more Adelaide stuff like My Sister the Cop. Can somebody help me, what is this sites policy on reviewing eps? is it all good or just full lengths?

And yeah the track listing is messed up on the back of the building cd because its taken directly off the LP insert which isn't in order for some reason. I think I got the order right but I might be wrong. Basically though every song LL...E ever made is on this album

GleamInRanks
August 12th 2007


298 Comments


You can review eps, that's fair game. So I listened to this album and I liked what I heard. Good review.

Otisbum
August 24th 2007


1913 Comments


Love track 1's name.

Nice review.

blackmilk
August 24th 2007


583 Comments


they're good in short spurts

KritikalMotion
February 14th 2008


2281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ahh this is fucking good.

gaslightanthem
July 19th 2009


5208 Comments


big tunes D =

witchxrapist
October 16th 2009


11117 Comments


With Horses In Her Eyes... is clearly about chasing booty, lol.

MalleusMaleficarum
February 29th 2012


16396 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i quite fancy



being a famous public figure



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