Aches
These Are All Old Songs


4.5
superb

Review

by Kman418 USER (4 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2014 | 34 replies


Release Date: 01/11/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "it is sincerely my dream for anyone anywhere to listen to these songs and take away anything."

There’s always been sort of romantic appeal to emo as a genre to me. Of course the lighthearted, catchy guitar tone that’s so distinctively identifies “twinkly emo” plays a part in it, as well as the playful carefree lyricism, which despite its sloppiness often holds a lot of emotional value. However what I find truly remarkable about the genre in concept is its uncanny ability to find magnificence in the oddest, most obscure places. Looking back on the handful of bands that I can really appreciate from the genre, with the exception of one or two, none of them ever had any major following during their time as a band, yet the small crowd they were able to gather had a resilient love for them on a much more personal level than you’d find with most bands. None of them ever made any serious money off their projects, and a lot of the time albums would just be put up for free for the few who’d bother to find them. Production was sloppy, recording quality was questionable, and physical copies of any of the music was a rarity very few could afford.

Despite all this, there’s this spectacular sense of wonder that so many of these bands were able to catch that’s unparalleled. It creates this incredibly personal and heartfelt atmosphere of finding something so amazing out of such an unlikely, low-key environment. And luckily, it’s something that’s found in abundance on these are all old songs. A quick glance over their Facebook or Bandcamp will tell you that Aches is about the epitome of the bedroom-Bandcamp-emo project aesthetic. It’s all primarily written and recorded by Griffin Silver, and all Aches material is put up for free. And as the title quite literally suggests, it’s not even considered a full LP or EP; it’s just a collection of old and unused songs.

The thing is, despite all this, these are all old songs probably has more cohesiveness, creativity, and genuine passion in it than the vast majority of major emo releases I’ve heard. Each song seems to flow seamlessly into the next, creating this frantic flow of earnest emotion being backed up by some of the catchiest and most varied song writing I’ve heard. Victim kicks off the album with the most energetic song of the album, with heavily distorted guitar work blasting out Glocca Morra-esque riffs, yelled and strained vocals sailing over the chorus. Suspended. Out There. finds the compilation at its most minimalistic, being somewhat jarring yet oddly fitting coming directly out of Victim. The nearly whispered vocals are backed up by distorted vocals, a quiet bass-line, and synths to create a very atmospheric, desolate sounding sonic palette.

Trixie Tang marks possibly the most unique song on the album, with an almost wavy sounding guitar tone sounding like something out of a QOTSA album creating the main melody of the chorus, backed by very punctual beat on the drums and more distorted guitar work underneath it. Friends of Convenience, Nothing More is an almost Wingnut Dishwashers Union-esque acoustic song, with both the guitar and vocal work being incredibly sloppy and raw while still staying incredibly catchy and memorable.

The lyrics primarily cover the terror that comes with feeling isolated and misunderstood in the formative years of high school. The alienation that comes with feeling like you can’t properly express how you feel to those around you, the fear of meeting insurmountable and constant pressure, the dread of being stuck with the same group of people for 12 years; they’re all feelings that I believe everyone experienced on some level growing up. It’s the sort of sincerity that’s necessary to make this sort of music work; it’s the awkwardness and confusion that comes with growing up in its most raw form, in all its ugliness.

Unfortunately, Aches is probably a band that’ll never get widely recognized within music circles, and yet search for recognition is hardly ever a factor that goes into creating music this earnest. It’s about being able to share something with the world and hopefully reach out to someone who might be feeling the same way, to validate emotions that might be making someone feel lost and isolated. That alone should make this compilation of songs special.


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Kman418
November 2nd 2014


13271 Comments

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i didnt proof read this at all



listen to this though

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
November 2nd 2014


6439 Comments


definitely gonna check this

YakNips
November 2nd 2014


18944 Comments


last song is cool

VaxXi
November 2nd 2014


4137 Comments


If Bandcamp isnt the best thing to happen to emo music im not really sure what is

YakNips
November 2nd 2014


18944 Comments


best/worst thing

Kman418
November 2nd 2014


13271 Comments

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yeah the cover makes me laugh

YakNips
November 2nd 2014


18944 Comments


i still have this i guess i should listen again

treeqt.
November 2nd 2014


16894 Comments


If Bandcamp isnt the best thing to happen to emo music im not really sure what is

the internet
you're welcome

Kman418
November 2nd 2014


13271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yes u should



i really don't know if this is going to click with most people in the way it did with me but like i genuinely think everything i said here

StallionMang
November 2nd 2014


8162 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy shit this is incredible

Packed with variety too

Digging: Dalek - From Filthy Tongue Of Gods And Griots

Kman418
November 2nd 2014


13271 Comments

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whoever capitalized the title is wrong

YakNips
November 2nd 2014


18944 Comments


lmao thats so dumb that someone capitalized

dimsim3478
November 2nd 2014


7721 Comments


probs Dev tbh

i think's it's moderation rules that these things have to capitalised; same thing happened a little while after i first added Teen Suicide to the database

Kman418
November 2nd 2014


13271 Comments

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dim what do u think of this

dimsim3478
November 2nd 2014


7721 Comments


i think Griffin's stuff is a cut above most other emo right now but not yet this is fucking brilliant as much as can't wait for a full-length

TumsFestival
November 3rd 2014


2397 Comments


anustart

Kman418
November 3rd 2014


13271 Comments

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car + guitar have you heard this you'd love it

TumsFestival
November 3rd 2014


2397 Comments


I have not, who are they similar to that I dig?

Kman418
November 3rd 2014


13271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

btmi joyce manor say anything (kind of)

TumsFestival
November 3rd 2014


2397 Comments


I'm not too into say anything anymore (damn this username) but Joyce and btmi comparisons hmm I may have to check. Should I start with this release?



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