Elemantra
You Feel Bad About You


4.0
excellent

Review

by BMDrummer USER (52 Reviews)
August 23rd, 2015 | 20 replies


Release Date: 06/28/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Record-collector shoegaze.

Elemantra to me, are one of those bands that acts more as the influenced than the influencers. Like record-collector music or something; you can hear lots of different sounds all in one package. The riffage of Dinosaur Jr., the beautiful walls of noise of various shoegaze bands, the synthy melancholy of The Cure, and a little post-metal; it’s all there. Maybe it’s the advent of the internet, but I’ve always loved bands where you can hear their influences as well as a new take on the original ideas. In Elemantra’s case, they’ve released records sparsely and haven’t had the best history in terms of membership. My personal favorite of theirs, Kelly, was made under poor circumstances apparently. The production was lo-fi, the keyboardist/vocalist who played there is now gone, and the drummer who played there was only there for a short while. Oh, and a hard drive crash led up to this album. But, You Feel Bad About You is the first thing you could actually call an LP by this band. And, they sound more comfortable than ever.

Almost everything that could’ve been criticized on Kelly has been fixed here. The production is better, the sound is more consistent, and the band just sounds more comfortable playing together. Kelly was a very human record with all it’s mistakes, but a more well-put-together follow-up was necessary. They’ve only had pretty much one release so far, and to the outside listener, Kelly could come off as too chaotic sonically. The overall sound is devoid of skramz this time, doesn’t have too many Melvins riffs, and the gothic rock influence is far more apparent this time. The songs have lots of reverb-y guitars in the background, as well as acoustic guitars, the vocals are slightly distorted most of the time, and the songs are almost poppy in structure. Plus, like I said earlier, the band is just tighter. Everyone sounds like they know the songs inside and out, with lots of syncopation between everything at once.

So yeah, I recommend this. Shoegaze for people who obsessively listen to other music.



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BMDrummer
August 23rd 2015


14480 Comments


https://elemantraband.bandcamp.com/album/you-feel-bad-about-you

"The first song is shitty appleseed cast ripoff and then the rest is emo bullshit. Who do they think they are"

i am just on a spree of bad reviews lately

oWhoadYo
August 23rd 2015


2193 Comments


Thanks for the review Yung Homie

BandNewbac
August 23rd 2015


2445 Comments


gunna check this soon

oWhoadYo
August 24th 2015


2193 Comments


I thought the review was written with great finesse and reticence

It was pretty much a written pat on my back. I'm a fan, good work. pos'd. Thanks for listening to my band's rock n roll music

BMDrummer
August 24th 2015


14480 Comments


thanks for making it :]

oWhoadYo
August 24th 2015


2193 Comments


:')

oWhoadYo
September 2nd 2015


2193 Comments


hey guys, give me attention

BMDrummer
September 4th 2015


14480 Comments


yeah this is really good and special so please listen to it everybody

oWhoadYo
September 6th 2015


2193 Comments


Fuck, this had 420 views until I just now came here and ruined it

BMDrummer
September 6th 2015


14480 Comments


rip

oWhoadYo
September 6th 2015


2193 Comments


Oh and we have tapes now

Nikolai
December 7th 2015


31 Comments


these guys are basically like if sdre and sdre had a baby

oWhoadYo
December 9th 2015


2193 Comments


hey fug u bruh

BMDrummer
December 9th 2015


14480 Comments


thought those comparisons had finally died

oWhoadYo
December 9th 2015


2193 Comments


oh no those will never die. Check this out:
https://www.facebook.com/events/931318316960822/

BMDrummer
December 18th 2015


14480 Comments


jams harder now than ever, should get me a cd

AdolfChrist
August 16th 2016


20397 Comments


https://elemantraband.bandcamp.com/album/you-feel-bad-about-you

so this is really late, but they used an excerpt from your review on their bandcamp.

Digging: Somali Yacht Club - The Sea

oWhoadYo
August 16th 2016


2193 Comments


Dang right we did. I really like this review. I think I told Brendan that we used an exerpt from this. Maybe not, but I'm sure he doesn't mind

Royl123
September 2nd 2016


2075 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Saccharin" sounds beautiful!

oWhoadYo
September 4th 2016


2193 Comments


Thanks man, I love that people still jam this album! Have you heard our new album "Foreign Breath". If you like Saccharine, you'll like that album. Imo it is much better



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