Remo Drive
Greatest Hits


4.0
excellent

Review

by Conmaniac CONTRIBUTOR (70 Reviews)
March 24th, 2017 | 305 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Revitalize me.

As a reviewer, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to review albums within the realm of emo or indie punk or whatever you want to call the genre. In fact, every time I review a band that I feel like deserves some attention within the muddied genre, it’s hard as hell to actually say what sets them apart from everyone else. Because of this, I constantly feel like I am repeating myself, falling into an endless cycle of saying the album “jams” or how it “makes you feel”. Unfortunately, with Remo Drive’s Greatest Hits many of the same things can be applied to the three piece’s first full length effort. However, there is something there that truly makes these guys special, and I guess I’ll attempt to articulate why.

Let’s think back to the start of the genre itself. By “start” I really mean the 2nd wave of emo, also known as the 90s. Bands like Mineral, The Promise Ring, and American Football paved the way for the genre as it is today with their emotive lyrics, twinkly guitar riffs, and punk aesthetics. However, if you look back to these bands’ songs and style you will see that they really didn’t do anything particularly special. Sure they had some masterful lyrics and vocal deliveries, but if you take Nothing Feels Good for example, you will see that it’s really simple pop music played in an “alternative” style. Yet, they didn’t have to as living within simplicity often produced perfection. Fast forward to today. After the genre was revitalized by bands like Snowing and Algernon Cadwallader, the early 2010s saw a huge influx of emo bands. Some may argue that the genre has died and no longer exists today, but there still seem to be a large number of bands that identify themselves as “emo”. Hell, even my own band is guilty of contributing to this oversaturation of sorts. Because of this, bands are often trying to do too much through experimenting by combining multitudes of genres together or even within their songwriting. Although this has produced some of the best albums, I feel like I’m not alone when I say that the whole shtick getting pretty tiring.

Remo Drive is tired too. Greatest Hits sees the band taking from both old and new in fantastic fashion. Unlike many other bands that blatantly rip off the heralded classics, these three college kids have found their own sound that sits comfortably between Weezer’s Pinkerton and straight up punk music. What they do take from the 90s is the idea of not trying to do too much. Songs like ‘Strawberita’ are really extremely simple songs that feature a driving punk riff, catchy melodic vocals, and an energetic percussion section. And that’s really the whole album for you in the simplest of terms. In addition to this, the band also takes from some of the more successful recent emo bands. Elements of JANK can be found within the lead singer’s vocal melodies, Joyce Manor within the driving bass, and Mimisiku within the crunchy guitar tones. Yes, this album does “jam hard” and it does “feel genuine”, and yes, the lyrics are pretty stereotypical but still manage to hit hard. More importantly, the band has attempted to revitalize the things that truly make this genre so special. So I guess it’s up to you to decide if they are successful or not.



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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


24270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

been in a writing slump recently but this new album needs some attention cuz it's damn good.

stream: https://remodrive.bandcamp.com/

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


24270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

also someone make me review something other than emo

AsleepInTheBack
March 24th 2017


5876 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely agree that these guys carve out a niche for themselves, just not sure it's entirely my thing, will definitely revisit it though. Interesting review as well con. Contains a bit too much discussion of the history of the genre and this band and that band for my liking, but it ties into the thesis well so I can't really complain. Spiritual pos

McTime50
March 24th 2017


656 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Was thinking about reviewing this, but you beat me to it. Good review!

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


24270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this review is a bit of a mess and I realize that I dont talk about the music as much but thats really the whole point of the review I guess

thx tho peeps

AsleepInTheBack
March 24th 2017


5876 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also review mount eerie. That isn't emo, and there is still so much to talk about A Crow that hasn't been said, despite how strong 2 of the reviews have been. Or review some more stuff like acid ghost, I need more recs from that genre man

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


24270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Idk what I would do with a Mount Eerie review haha. I appreciate you believing in me tho man (;

I'll prob review Diet Cig's newest album when it comes out in April and I'm also on the search for more stuff from that genre honestly

AsleepInTheBack
March 24th 2017


5876 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fair enough haha, it's a tricky album to tackle. Sounds good

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


24270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

any Asleep reviews in the works?

Prancer
March 24th 2017


909 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet this has a review now. Album has some really catchy tunes on it.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


24270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its solid af

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


24270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nvm

Prancer
March 24th 2017


909 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wasn't my soundoff, lol.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


24270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why is your name familiar then shit lol

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2017


56235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

good review, will check

BlushfulHippocrene
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


2662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yesss! I love you, thanks for reviewing this. Good job, man.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


24270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

im hoping u like this trebby

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


24270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ay thanks Blush love that 4 rating my man!

BlushfulHippocrene
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


2662 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Forgot I hadn't given it a rating, but Yer Killing Me is the greatest song ever.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2017


24270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the lyrics to Yer Killing Me crack me up haha. but yeah Strawberita onwards is amazing. dont dig the first couple tracks as much but the back half is so killer



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