Push Over
Demo


3.0
good

Review

by Mort. USER (56 Reviews)
February 8th, 2017 | 50 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Re-treading ground that’s already been re-treaded.

Push Over (Thomas Erak and Kurt Travis) sound exactly how you’d expect them to sound: a hodgepodge of twiddly-diddly post-hardcore tropes in the vein of Dance Gavin Dance and The Fall of Troy, all noodle-y math-y guitars and intricate rhythmic acrobatics. Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with this; it’s something that’s been done well in the past (by the artists’ former outfits no less) and I’m sure will be done well again. It’s just disappointing when veterans of the genre make a pale shadow of their own legacy, coming off as imitators of their previous work, re-treading ground that’s already been re-treaded (see: Blue Swan Records).

I guess if anything Push Over can be patted on the back for not going overboard with the technicality like so many imitators do, but that doesn’t excuse the plain lack of experimentation here; the majority of Demo consists of the same staccato rhythms, fluid drumming and lacklustre post-hardcore freak-outs we’ve been hearing for a while. “This Lonely Love” just sort of meanders into the background, relying on a true and tested formula of lovelorn choruses against catchy nostalgic verses, which works well enough, although it strikes me as Push Over doing Dance Gavin Dance. Travis’ sugary vocals dance around the mellifluous guitars pretty smoothly as they always do, and the contrast drawn between his and Erak’s vocals is intriguing, but they never really do that much with it. There’s the possibility of some brilliant vocal interplay here yet it’s not brought to fruition, which is frustrating when you consider the versatility of these two vocalists. Although I probably shouldn’t be too hard on Push Over; Demo is just a demo after all. But if it’s indicative of the work to come I’m disappointed.



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Mort.
February 8th 2017


16221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

so yeah this is like modern post hardcore that sounds like most other modern post hardcore



on spotify and bandcamp

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Calc
February 8th 2017


16706 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

why you nevah put links why!?!?!?

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Mort.
February 8th 2017


16221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

eurgh fine



https://pushovermusic.bandcamp.com/

Mort.
February 8th 2017


16221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh and feedback appreciated as always. forgot to put that

NastyCrab
February 8th 2017


803 Comments


holy shit is that a switchblade on the cover

NastyCrab
February 8th 2017


803 Comments


jesus

Mort.
February 8th 2017


16221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yes my child?

NastyCrab
February 8th 2017


803 Comments


just wanted to say hey : )

Mort.
February 8th 2017


16221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hey





what a wonderful kind of day

kris.
February 8th 2017


15504 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol dang it i really love that cover

gonna check this out

kris.
February 8th 2017


15504 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

wait wtf this is thomas and kurt? duuude

Mort.
February 8th 2017


16221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

basically 16 year old mort's dream band

kris.
February 8th 2017


15504 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yea this was really bleh. first song reminded me of classic tfot jams but yeh not feeling this.

Mort.
February 8th 2017


16221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not much goes on here

JeetJeet
February 8th 2017


9266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Kinda really like this. Nothing mindblowing but nothing bad to say about it either.

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joshuahuntkc
February 9th 2017


1887 Comments


I think this is really well executed for demo. Kurt has a really experimental side to a lot of his work and he seems to be pushing the envelope in other projects lately so while this material does lack in that department I'm excited to see where they go with it.

Tyler.
February 9th 2017


18361 Comments


im sure i wouldnt give this anything above a 2

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2017


24251 Comments


Pos'd review Mort. Man between "Demo" and "Dance Gavin Dance" I am 99.99% sure I am gonna hate this, but will check anyway.

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Mort.
February 9th 2017


16221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i wouldnt bother

Mort.
February 9th 2017


16221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

and cheers for the pos



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