Review Summary: That'll be $15000 please.
What a time to be alive.
Bands I’ve only heard about from at most three people on a message board fifteen years ago are getting back together and touring America again. Bands that have had echoes carry a torch for them, long since abandoned album reviews now being linked back to. People who were not even born when a band broke up now singing their praises, posting about them on social media and finding online groups to share their love for them and the genre. I’ve seen comps spring up out of nowhere, reunion shows pop up on my feed like spring flowers. Even a kickstarter!
So that brings us here. If you didn’t know, Jeromes Dream had their kickstarter go live and funded to such an extraordinary degree. $15K. What follows makes this story from a weird one to a dumb one.
A certain facebook group were given updates throughout the production of the album. Cracks started appearing to the dream of a return. Not being able to get the producer the kickstarter promised, pictures with really stupid expensive amps and other gear. Proceeds going towards some unsavory charities. It was a mess. What’s kind of ridiculous is how most bands are usually invisible through all this, they disappear until there’s something to share, but for some reason people have to be ever-present on Facebook.
And that’s the story of the song titles. I’ll be short on details, I just want it known that it happened, there was an argument on Facebook, as there is wont to be. There are even meme’s of it.
So what’s the ultimate ***posting move in this sort of situation? Take the guitar demos released for the new Jeromes Dream album and finish them up.
As far as I can tell, this had been made using rerecorded guitar tracks from the original demo, and they sound amazing for it. Since the real new album has been released at this point, I haven’t listened to it enough to know what demo songs survived to become real songs. I appreciate the energy put into these, and the screams sounds really savage. I have no idea what the lyrics are supposed to be, so I guess they’re doing their job. Overall, I can’t really say much about the originality of the work. The arrangements of the songs carry a lot of energy, and that matters more for me in this genre. Screamo is more like popcorn for me, it’s tasty, i can have a lot of it, it comes in all sorts of varieties, but you never really think back on each serving, maybe just the first few. Every once in a while something happens to remind you to have fun. So in being a tongue-in-cheek jab at the old guard, Jeromes Dream did technically write a good album here.
Also, I know it was an Indiegogo campaign.
It’s available for free, and I know it’s getting a tape release if you’re into that.