Crywank
Fist Me 'til Your Hand comes Out My Mouth


3.5
great

Review

by SusanBoyle USER (54 Reviews)
December 15th, 2020 | 25 replies


Release Date: 05/01/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Crywank’s final record ends the band’s tumultuous career on a fragmented, but wholly entertaining high.

I’ve got a confession to make.

I really love the band Crywank.

Perhaps ‘love’ is too strong a word for my feelings on the band. “I really enjoy the band Crywank,” maybe? “I really appreciate the band Crywank” also seems more appropriate. Yeah, let’s go with ‘appreciate.’

I really appreciate the band Crywank.

Normally, I wouldn’t consider liking a band a sin, but Crywank are the exception apparently. Their brand of bedroom anti-folk has garnered them quite a bit of ire from pretty much everyone. Even from the project’s very beginnings as a solo venture of James Clayton, critics and general listeners alike seemed to write Crywank off as nothing more than angsty singer/songwriter music played purposefully amateurish.

But while I’ve never thought the band had released a truly essential album, or even one worth recommending to anyone outside the internet music bubble, I’ve never had the same distaste for their music. Perhaps there’s a screw loose in my head knocking about, I’m not sure. What I do know is that I’ve found myself enjoying their music consistently for the past 10 years.

All of this to say that the group’s (self-proclaimed) final album has made me appreciate Crywank again. The flashily-titled Fist Me 'Til Your Hand Comes Out My Mouth will not please any longtime detractors of Crywank, nor will it win a place on any 2020 album of the year lists. What this 27-track behemoth of a final album will do however, is serve as a fitting end to one of anti-folk’s most underappreciated artists.

Stuffed to the brim with strange auditory experiments and unfinished-sounding snippets, as well as more traditional rock tracks, Fist Me 'Til Your Hand Comes Out My Mouth makes it its mission to never stays in one place for very long and to keep listeners on their toes. The “I Love You But I've Chosen Me” suite opens the album innocently enough, taking cues from Midwest emo and folk punk. But after that, all bets are off. The primitive “Flower In Hand” plays with no wave chaos effortlessly. The industrial tracks “Ungrateful Son” and “Boosep” are remarkedly well done; especially the latter, with its booming, rhythmic percussion. Closer “Deep Down I'm Really Mark Smith” is a perfect ending track, harkening back to Crywank’s roots as a more standard singer/songwriter solo project. The playing across the album, while amateurish and messy, manages to be fairly competent (and sometimes exceptional). And considering the sheer amount of the genre-hopping that takes place over the course of Fist Me 'Til Your Hand Comes Out My Mouth’s hour-long runtime, that’s commendable.

The only issue with the album, and it’s a major one I’ll admit, is the sheer amount of songs here. While the opening 8-track suite is comprised of substantial tracks, the bulk of the album is made up of those previously-mentioned song fragments. Which both works in the album’s favor (in service to that distinct rollercoaster-off-the-rails feel Fist Me 'Til Your Hand Comes Out My Mouth provides), but also to its detriment. There were multiple times when I was getting into a track, only to have it abruptly end and leave me a bit empty.

I could go on and on trying to describe how the album feels, but frankly, the description for the album that’s up on Bandcamp paints a clearer picture than I could ever write:

“It wasn't recorded or approached how we usually would an album, with the focus whilst making it being that it's made more for us than for an audience. As a sort of form of therapy to create some joy out of what is inevitably disintegrating.”

That quote is exactly how the album feels. The conclusion I came to whilst listening to this, their final record together, was that Crywank were never built for anything more than brief online fame/infamy. The album is their beautiful burnout, a band knowing their done and just clipping together one last scrapbook page for themselves before shutting the book for good. And in a world where bands go on living well after their suggested expiration date all the time, I really appreciate the band Crywank for knowing when to close the book. And I really appreciate the band Crywank for going out on a high note like this.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SandwichBubble
December 15th 2020


12458 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not like anyone was going to review this 8 months after it was released, so I thought I'd give it a review. Good album.

Stream: https://crywank.bandcamp.com/album/fist-me-til-your-hand-comes-out-my-mouth

SlothcoreSam
December 15th 2020


2900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album has a couple of good tracks, but that's pretty much Crywank's Discography. Their best of would be worth checking.

Digging: Hospital Bracelet - South Loop Summer

SandwichBubble
December 15th 2020


12458 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For sure.

Still think tomorrow Is Nearly Yesterday is a genuinely great album.

GhandhiLion
December 15th 2020


9904 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

longtime detractor of Crywank here. This album is very good.

Digging: King Snake Roost - Things That Play Themselves

evilford
December 15th 2020


48106 Comments


The fuck is this

Digging: Frozen Soul - Crypt Of Ice

SandwichBubble
December 15th 2020


12458 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@GhandhiLion You ruined my whole narrative, review is useless now.

But yes, very berry good album. Perfect 3.5/5 kind of album.



@evilford album

GhandhiLion
December 15th 2020


9904 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fist Me 'til Your Hand comes Out My Mouth



evilford
December 15th 2020


48106 Comments


Oh

SandwichBubble
December 15th 2020


12458 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

(Un)fortunate album name, for sure.

Could be worse though, could've been a sequel to

https://www.sputnikmusic.com/images/albums/274308.jpg

sixdegrees
December 15th 2020


10771 Comments


please no

sixdegrees
December 15th 2020


10771 Comments


5. I Love You But I've Chosen Me - Part V: Yellow Donut Doggo

SandwichBubble
December 15th 2020


12458 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They're the masters of unnecessarily-long and ill-fitting titles.

They'll be missed.

deathschool
December 15th 2020


27148 Comments


lol

Digging: Madvillain - Madvillainy

sixdegrees
December 15th 2020


10771 Comments


I'm more of a fan of their Poopoo Peepee era material personally

Cygnatti
December 15th 2020


34356 Comments


last i heard of this band was 8 years ago dam

Digging: mum - Finally We Are No One

deathschool
December 15th 2020


27148 Comments


They have grown more mature in that time, clearly.

Cygnatti
December 15th 2020


34356 Comments


certainly seems so !

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
December 15th 2020


22930 Comments


I've reviewed some bands with a crazy name, notably weedpecker, but crywank wins them all.

Digging: Radio Supernova - Takaisin

parksungjoon
December 15th 2020


25739 Comments


cry wank and let slip the dogs of whore

Digging: Government - Shitshitshit [japanese death poem]

someone
December 15th 2020


1618 Comments


This is really good, both the review and the album



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