Self Defense Family
Heaven Is Earth


4.0
excellent

Review

by DrJohn USER (47 Reviews)
June 26th, 2015 | 87 replies


Release Date: 06/30/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gutters and Tears and Balloons--Pay & his amazing friends issue#2.

If the dissonance and retentive hangover of "In My Defense Self Me Defend" is one who lies mumbling alone on grey, dehydrated grass, the rest 'lucky 7' could be those who conceal their sidekicks from one antagonist's eye--or you shading the next page of issue #2 over central metropolitan green. Manipulating parallax, SDF has disguised this LP's subject matter of black & white exaggerations, heroes, villains, and their creators, seeking one terrene figure--in full motley--behind our primary point of view. A kaleidoscope which encompasses all those who'd felt compiled to channel energy into small crowds or panels and subsequently applied color, channeling their own extremes--eventual prize winners or even those who never made it. As for Self Defense Family, they 're aware of the non-existent placement on the best-seller list; I've actually come to the conclusion that their league "not makin' it big" marks a strategic choice so that they can shapeshift according to mood, without answering to us... or answering in a way that might make us pull further back, raising our brows even higher.

So, Kindlon's lingual outlines and his companions add shade and colour, though on Heaven Is Earth you won't find post on post-core or rasp over power-chord that explodes inconsiderably on all directions. The mollified prose stands atop trembling guitar peaks, the occasional harmonica and piano, and dynamic lows from the bass; layers that build up to the exact amount of energy SDF has always savoured, albeit more controlled... focused--released in burst mode, behind a vanguard of percussive opaqueness. To make you even more uncomfortable, they went for four different studios, toggling four different producers, and if that hints towards wide gutters and "heterogeneous", they might argue that they used to stack up spiders and aardvarks in that same box under their bed. And if that sounds ambiguous or torn as Talia* & the rest of nature's anti-figures, Pay might add that, deep inside, those are also defined and loyal to their own cause. He can even tolerate the cynic twat inside you smirking at the title, but then again, he might punch back in his bottom tier, condescending, "*that swell of joy lasts until you catch a glance of this sad ***ed world at its best." On second thought, come his next rant balloon, he'll probably choose to elaborate a tad further...



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DrJohn
June 26th 2015


1041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Full album stream - http://www.stereogum.com/1810523/stream-self-defense-family-heaven-is-earth-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/



Talia - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Imn81ZysOk

Dave Sim - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eN5rsDN90E#t=1m08s



DrJohn
June 26th 2015


1041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thnx mate

BMDrummer
June 26th 2015


14352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

hype hype hype

BMDrummer
June 26th 2015


14352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i'm waiting for the day of release

BMDrummer
June 26th 2015


14352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

best band in punk right now

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
June 26th 2015


6676 Comments


what modern punk bands would you rec, fti

BMDrummer
June 26th 2015


14352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

the best bands in the genre are usually not seen as the best while they exist anyway

YakNips
June 27th 2015


19373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really good review

manosg
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2015


11317 Comments


Great write up Doc, pos.

Will probably check the tracks you've linked once I jam some Ted Nugent.

Digging: Dio - Magica

DrJohn
June 27th 2015


1041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad u enjoyed Yak & Manos...

danielito19
June 27th 2015


12058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i was working on a review. yours is much better.

DrJohn
June 27th 2015


1041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers!

Lord(e)Po)))ts
June 27th 2015


39738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Try Me sucked, probs wont TRY THIS

adr
June 27th 2015


12000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nah it's the boringness

Lord(e)Po)))ts
June 27th 2015


39738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the interviews were stupid so yeah i didnt like that

danielito19
June 27th 2015


12058 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

check this potsy

Lord(e)Po)))ts
June 27th 2015


39738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok fine

YakNips
June 27th 2015


19373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

adr calling try me boring lol its certainly not the thrilling musical roller coaster that is carrie and lowell

Lord(e)Po)))ts
June 27th 2015


39738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@yak you fucking love carrie and lowell so shut up

YakNips
June 27th 2015


19373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i do fucking love it but its far away from unorthodox is all im saying



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