Origami Angel
Gami Gang


4.5
superb

Review

by Mathias CONTRIBUTOR (54 Reviews)
May 3rd, 2021 | 151 replies


Release Date: 04/30/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: So sweet it will give you a cavity and then kick your ass at Mario Kart.

If Origami Angel had committed to their schtick just slightly less, GAMI GANG could have been a complete disaster. They take almost all of everyone’s least favorite aspects of pop-punk and lean into them as hard as they can. Immature, nostalgic lyrics, group chants, hand claps, do-do-dos, high-pitched and somewhat nasally vocals, and any other cliche you can think of. They even include breakdowns that verge on easycore, random trip hop beats, some screams, and even bossa nova. It seems as though they came up with a list of items that would annoy every music purist and dad in New Balance sneakers and thought “How can we make an album out of this?” Even better, they made it a twenty song, double album. And, against all odds, it all works.

And again, it works because they commit to what they’re crafting. Origami Angel clearly had the time of their lives making this album. Yes, there are sadboi lyrics aplenty to be found, but they’re so earnest in their immature absurdity that it draws you in. This isn’t lyrical nostalgia of thinking about the good ole days or rebelling against growing old, it’s more missing those moments where we could just tell our best friends “grab your Game Boy, get in the car”, a line that is italicized and in quotations because it actually appears in a real song that is actually titled “Mobius Chicken Strip”, an early highlight. A late highlight comes in “Caught in the Moment”, where the emphasis on the chorus is on eating Taco Bell in a Lyft, showing character progression and the passing of time from “Mobius Chicken Strip”. Or maybe all of these songs take place within a day of each other in singer/guitarist Ryland Heagy’s current life. I simply don’t know and that is so much of the beauty of GAMI GANG. Yes the lyrics are immature and “cringe” at times, but they’re also fun and real and honest. I have a job that’s meaningful and I enjoy and am pretty settled into what might be a “grown-up” lifestyle that I’m happy with it, but I also miss the days in college where friends and I would drink mugs full of wine and watch The Bachelor or busting my ass to Best Buy to get Pokemon Emerald only to lose it at a Bowling Alley a few weeks later. Yearning for simpler, more fun times isn’t an innately immature or bad thing, it’s something that’s logical and that just about every person feels to an extent. That is the feeling that Origami Angel have captured on GAMI GANG.

That feeling isn’t just conjured up from the lyrics, but also from the musicianship of the band. The band is really just a duo, with Heagy taking up the vocals, guitar, and bass and Pat Doherty on drums. There’s some debate around what genre exactly Origami Angel is, as they have been firmly planted into the new emo scene (and are perhaps ushering it in), but definitely sound inherently much more like a pop punk band. Much of that genre blending comes from Heagy’s guitar playing, which is clearly influenced by classic Midwest Emo bands of the American Football ilk. Mathy fretwork is abundant and mixed with crunchy power chords, but also mixed with incredibly unpredictable song structure. The masterful composition of the songs are another sign that this is clearly a serious album. It’s wildly inventive and unpredictable for the genre. Again, they incorporate a number of styles into what is already a pretty distinct sound. The opening one-two starts with a trip hop beat that leads into “Self-Destruct”, which begins with hard-hitting riff and then bounces back and forth between sunny pop punk guitar and easycore style riffs in a way that is not cringe-inducing (at least for most), a style also seen in “Dr. Fondoom”. “Bossa Nova Corps” states its influence right in its name, “Greenbelt Station” is a moving folk song, then there’s “/trust” and “[spoons rattling]”, which intersperse emo-folk stylings with some of the heavier sections on the album, and the delightfully titled “Neutrogena Spektor” just says “fuck it” and throws every style together in less than three minutes. Even with this bouncing around, the style is distinctly Origami Angel’s own.

To sum GAMI GANG up, it starts with a trap beat and ends with Grant Napear saying “If you don’t like that, you don’t like NBA basketball. In the 50 minutes in between those two moments, NBA basketball is essentially one of the only things that isn’t discussed. There’s even a gosh darn Jimmy Neutron reference on this thing. Origami Angel have put together a sugar rush of a joyful album. It's fun, it's high energy, and it's the soundtrack of a good time. Is it high art? Somehow, that’s debatable. In time there will likely be just as many people who would say yes as there are who would say no - And that’s the beautiful thing about it.



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dmathias52
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2021


1581 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album. Feedback on the review is always welcome!

The suggested bands Sput has for this band are wild. Touche Amore and Hail the Sun???

WatchItExplode
May 3rd 2021


8756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yay! I will circle back to the review in the morning but killer summary 😊

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WatchItExplode
May 3rd 2021


8756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Nevermind. This review is great. Mach Bike is a song I absolutely love even though it is basically a nothing burger lyrically.

SlothcoreSam
May 3rd 2021


3130 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

GAMI GANG!



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Storm In A Teacup
May 3rd 2021


31731 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Made it through a few songs. Could be a grower. Not a super interesting sound but could be decent songwriting

WatchItExplode
May 3rd 2021


8756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It's just dozens and dozens of segments stacked on top of each other halfhazardly. Rules.

Slex
May 3rd 2021


11202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm close to 5ing this now lol

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alamo
May 3rd 2021


3872 Comments


somewhre city ruled gonna check this tomorrow when i am sober and s

g40st
May 3rd 2021


27 Comments


I guess I should listen to this.

g40st
May 3rd 2021


27 Comments


This is very good so far.

Lucman
May 3rd 2021


5204 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Gami Gang rise! Loved the review, dm. They bring all of the things that should lead to a cringe-inducing time but instead inject it with so much heart, relatability, and pure unashamed fun. I love every minute of it.

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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2021


2966 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wonderful review, record's amazing :]

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dedex
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2021


7854 Comments


Aight very good rev, will check this as I quite liked their first one

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JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2021


36306 Comments


Lovely review, album is ...fun? I guess? Definitely prefer Somewhere City and am not sure if there's really enough to sustain such a long outpouring of posicringe here but ig it's a home run if you love this band??

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parksungjoon
May 3rd 2021


31674 Comments


>not sure if there's really enough to sustain such a long outpouring of posicringe here

is this a new display name

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JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2021


36306 Comments


i do need one of those

parksungjoon
May 3rd 2021


31674 Comments


well its only 87 characters long so

Pikazilla
May 3rd 2021


16372 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

can def imagine someone getting an extra wide anal cavity from hearing this



good review tho - mental POS!

parksungjoon
May 3rd 2021


31674 Comments


gummy gang when

GhandhiLion
May 3rd 2021


11998 Comments


pika wtf

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