Remo Drive
Natural, Everyday Degradation


2.0
poor

Review

by Mathias USER (15 Reviews)
June 6th, 2019 | 105 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A non-charming case of not wanting to be here anymore.

“Yer Killing Me”, the lead single from Remo Drive’s fairly beloved debut album Greatest Hits, launched the band into relative emo fame the second Erik Paulson shouted out “I don’t want to ***ing be here anymore” amid the chaotically charming instrumental combo of 90s radio rock and new-wave emo. They were rough around the edges, didn’t necessarily reinvent the wheel, and took obvious influence from old and new bands within the genre. However, they were an impassioned group of artists who pulled listeners in to their grip by successfully energizing catchy melodic vocals, interesting and driving riffs, and a percussion section that never let that energy die. With follow up Natural, Everyday Degradation, the band loses all of this energy and puts on a sorely dispassionate performance. On “Yer Killing Me”, they said they “don’t want to ***ing be here anymore”; on their follow-up album, it now simply sounds like they don’t want to be here, and the listener is sure to share in that sentiment.

Put bluntly, Remo Drive took all of the peaks and highlights from Greatest Hits and simply performed all of them at a lower level on Natural, Everyday Degradation. All emphasis in the mix is now placed on the vocals, which have gained an even more nasally quality without any of the grit and shouts from their previous album. Interesting riffs no longer are an important part of the song structure, which might be a blessing in disguise, as there is a drought of interesting riffs across all eleven tracks. Song tempo has been slowed down consistently across the board, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, when every song has the same uninspired drum fills at this mid-tempo pace, the album fails to develop any sort of clear identity. Less excitement and more polish has led to something bland, words that even the most ardent of Remo Drive naysayers wouldn’t be able to prescribe to Greatest Hits.

This may be the most disappointing part of the Remo Drive’s progression to this undeniable sophomore slump. In all truth, there’s nothing necessarily bad about the record when listening to it. It’s a collection of perfectly serviceable indie-rockers that aren’t painful to listen to; however, that is all that the album stands to be. It’s 38 minutes of the same just-ok song. The band seems to not care, and not in an “I’m depressed and it’s relatable” emo rock sort of way - Every member of the band just seems incredibly disconnected, from the emotionless vocal delivery, to the repetitive song structure, to the lack of drive in the percussion. Occasionally they’ll break through the haze, with “The Grind” beginning to pick up tempo as the song progresses and teasingly having background vocals mixed too far into the background and a varied vocal performance including falsetto on “Around the Sun”. But outside of a few moments here and there, the album takes no risks, and doesn’t deliver it’s simple ideas in a captivating enough way to be forgivable. If their debut truly was their Greatest Hits, then Natural, Everyday Degradation is the portion of their catalogue that will be forgotten, and rightfully so.



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dmathias52
June 5th 2019


577 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

An overwhelming "eh". Albums like these make me wonder why bands even consider putting out albums that make it sound like they have no interest in making them.

Any feedback or constructive criticism is welcome, as usual!

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Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2019


7131 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

“The band puts loses”

Lose the puts

The sentence in the 2nd paragraph starting at “song tempos” and ending at “any interest” is just too long and reads awkwardly as a result

Besides that this is a v good review, concise and to the point

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dmathias52
June 5th 2019


577 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thank you sir! I tried to rework that sentence you mentioned multiple times and couldn't get it to sound right. Just changed it up again to make it more simple, so hopefully that helps.

And congrats on the promotion!!

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2019


7131 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Reads much better now imo! We have a lot of the same tastes so I look forward to seeing what yr digging or not, already hate this band but definitely won’t be checking this now lol



And much appreciated

ArtBox
June 5th 2019


285 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well written review, basically summed up everything I felt about this damn record, haha



Had to re-listen to Greatest Hits just to remember if it was good or not, and wow, such a noticeable drop-off in riffs between albums

dmathias52
June 5th 2019


577 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I’m honestly not even as a big a fan of Greatest Hits as a lot of people, but I thought it showed really strong potential. If anything, that makes this one even more disappointing for me.

AdolfChrist
June 5th 2019


21274 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

major bummer.

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Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2019


7131 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Greatest Hits sucked too

AdolfChrist
June 5th 2019


21274 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

we know, you keep reminding us.

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2019


7131 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Just in case you forgot

Doing my due diligence

SowingSeason
Moderator
June 5th 2019


31194 Comments


Very well written! Never heard these guys so nothing lost for me.

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dmathias52
June 5th 2019


577 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks Sowing! Their first one was a pretty fun, up-tempo emo-pop-ish record. This one is a record, and that’s about all the descriptor I’ve got for it lol

AdolfChrist
June 5th 2019


21274 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

surprised you havent heard Greatest Hits sowing, seems like something you'd be into.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
June 5th 2019


16065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well I wasn't a big fan of the first so this'll be interesting

Lucman
June 5th 2019


2724 Comments


I jammed some of their first when it released and I remember not liking it at all so I'll probably steer well clear of this.

dmathias52
June 5th 2019


577 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think even if you weren't a fan of the first, this one still doesn't offer much. It's more of the same, just without anything really going for it. I could be wrong though, so I'm curious if you check it out Neeka!

keza
June 5th 2019


365 Comments


Damn, I love Greatest Hits so much - it was up there as my emo AOTY that year. But I am definitely not keen to check this now. Good write-up man.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2019


16065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I for sure will, I'll let you know what I think! I liked Pop Songs a lot so who knows (:

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2019


24789 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

im stuck between a 2.5 and a 3... I actually loved Around the Sun and Two Bux...plus that one song about the two lovers was lyrically interesting and helped break the sluggish pace of the first half. really disappointing album overall tho

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2019


16065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Man y'all liked these guys so much :/



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