Sorry for the long pause, I was busy with my other blog…
Today I will be reviewing “Nothing Feels Good” by The Promise Ring. This album is an absolute emo classic, yet I have not listened to it. Actually, I have only listened to “How Nothing Feels” and I really liked it, I don’t know why I didn’t keep listening to it.
Let’s dig into it!
Is This Thing On? 7.9/10 Nice intro, this is kinda poppy, but good. I really dig the bass! The vocals are nothing special though. I think this has THE sound? Damn… Really nice chorus too. Yeah, this is a good opener, but nothing special.
Perfect Lines 8/10 This is pretty good, I dig the guitar riff at the intro. The drums are better than last song, and the bass is on point too. As expected, these aren’t good lyrics. At all. But hey, it’s midwest emo, so I totally expected this. The last 10 seconds remind me of REM for a reason.
Red & Blue Jeans 10/10 This is how it’s supossed to sound, twinkly guitars and an overall comfy bass. Hell yeah! Now, there isn’t that much to say about this song, apart that it’s fucking awesome. Well done, Promise Ring!
Why Did We Ever Meet 9/10 This really sounds familiar, I think it is because it’s their most famous song. That is definitely not a bad thing, but it’s just not as good as last song. The chorus is banging though. EXTREMELY GOOD AT 03:22, THIS IS THE SOUND MY DUDES.
Make Me a Chevy 8.5/10 Really good intro, once again, this is just how it’s supposed to sound. The vocals are kind of better in this song. This song is really comfy, and I like it for that. 01:25 to 01:53 is so great, it’s almost sickening.
How Nothing Feels 6/10 Damn…
A Broken Tenor 7/10 Ohh, post-hardcore-ish sounding bass, I like it! When the vocals kick in, the song gets a little worse, but not too much to make me skip it. The chorus is just a little bad (just kidding it’s kinda despicable) It’s an ok song, it just should have kept the post-hardcore sound from the intro.
Raspberry Rush 9/10 This reminds me of The Microphones, maybe it’s because of the comfy ass bass? The soothing guitar melodies? The minimalistic but energetic drums? God knows. This is actually just what I needed, emo-ish The Microphones.
Nothing Feels Good 8/10 Cool intro. When the drums kick in, it gets so much better (the song, that is) Seriously, nice song and as always, pretty bad lyrics (but it adds to the aestethic, so it’s ok) The song was way too short though.
Pink Chimneys 9/10 Yes. This some quality shit. This album is something extremely rare in “midwest emo”, the rare thing is that it has such a smooth bass. The bass is pretty much the most important thing in this song. The drums are also rad in this song. There is not that much to say about the guitar, there are no twinkly riffs.
B Is for Bethlehem 8/10 This album is getting kinda repetitive, isn’t it? There isn’t much to say about this song since it’s just like any other song. But it’s still pretty nice.
Forget Me 8/10 ;_;7 Strong closer, I really dig the drums. This song reminds me of Jimmy Eat World (I’m not sure if that’s good or bad). Yeah it’s a pretty good song.
Well, there it is. I listened to this classic. Some songs were incredible, some were, uuh, less good?. It was just an average album, nothing out of this world. Red & Blue Jeans was definitely the best song in the album, it’s the perfect emo song.
Based on the song ratings, this album would be a 7.7/10, an ok album
This is Dear Pines first full lenght album and sadly, their last. This is one of the three midwest emo albums that have come out this year, and i’m expecting this year to be pretty good. I mean, last year was incredible for midwest emo, why can’t this year too? Here I go…
More (I) 8/10 Really good sing, kinda lo-fi at first, but then gets better (not that lo fi stuff is bad). Tyler (the singer) sings pretty well, actually, surprisingly good for it to be labeled as “Midwest Emo”. The song was a little too short tho.
Skipping 8/10 Good bass, comfy as hell. The drums are a little too simple for my taste, but they sound alright. This lacks more math core-ish guitars and harmonics. The lyrics are nice!! The last minute is also REALLY GOOD!!
Live There 9/10 Oh god, this has THE sound. This reminds me of The Pillows, it has to be the drums. The chorus is so good! I might listen to it again after I finish the album (EDIT: I did.)
Started To Hurt 8/10 YES, HARMONICS!!! The vocals sound a little off in this song, I think it would have been better if it was instrumental. It’s still a pretty good song.
Intricacies 9/10 IT’S THE SOUND AGAIN, HOLY SHIT! Cool vocals and cool bass, everything is cool.
Clean Break 8/10 Intro sounds a little kerrang!-tier, but it gets NICE afterwards, so it’s ok.
Red Arrow 7/10 Finally a math-core sounding song (just a little bit, actually), I sadly am not sure if I liked it. It sounds a little too much like the fifth song, or at least the bass does.
Decay In Motion 9/10 Man, this song is great! The bass is really good, the drums are also pretty damn good. The lyrics are, well, really “midwest. This might be one of the best songs in the album, not the best one but one that I’m sure I’ll remember.
Rang So True 6/10 The intro reminds me a little of Mineral, that’s a good thing. The vocals seems a little half assed in this song, but come on, we are talking midwest emo right here. The guitar is pretty nice, but the vocals just ruin the song for me.
More (II) 8/10 This lyrics are good, like, really good. This song was acoustic, and thankfully, the guitar was nice. A strong closer for Dear Pines.
This album was pretty sad, knowing that this is their last album. One of the best emo albums of the year, that’s for sure.
I would rate this a 8/10, worth to remember.
This album also is avaiable to buy as a cassette, and it looks gorgeous, just look at it
Midwest emo in Japanese? Now this is something i’ve always wanted to hear, hell yeah this is gonna kick ass!! Anyways, this album was released in October 30, 2013 and it’s their debut album (and only album so far) (EDIT WHILE I LISTEN TO THE FIRST SONG AND SEARCHING INFO ON THEM: FUCK, THEY DISBANDED LAST YEAR) I am expecting it to sound like Tricot, but more emo oriented.
Pyramid 10/10 Words cannot express how much I am diging this (actually, yeah i think words can describe it, but i am a lazy piece of trash) I like the vocals, not common in the genre. She sings pretty damn good. The drums are nice too. YES, PINCH HARMONICS! MY MUSICAL FETISH!! AAAAAAAAH. Good guitar at 02:40, sounds hard to play-
8films 9/10 holy shit those guitars, now that’s what i call MATH rock (vol.7)
Tobira 9/10 I like how the songs smoothly changed, I almost didn’t notice this was another song. I dig the bass, it’s the classic midwest emo bassline, I like that. I’ve said it once and I will say it again, her voice is breathtaking. I like the delay on the guitar in the last minute of the song, sounds really comfy.
Compass 10/10 I know I say this a lot but, damn good intro. A good intro gives the listener the will to, well, keep listening. Cool bass in this song, it’s smooth as hell, pretty damn cool. Once again, well sung and also once again, nice guitar. This song sounds a lot like Tricot, it’s got pretty much the same sound. I think this is one of my favourite songs so far.
Strings 9/10 The guitar in the intro reminds me of “Never Meant” by American Football, that’s of course a good thing. I just can’t stop writing about how good her voice sounds, but damn, it really is uncommon in midwest emo to… Well… Sing good. The drums are SO good in this song, they even made me air drum at some points.
裁判にかけられた男 10/10 THE GUITAR AT THE INTRO, DAMN. THEY ARE EVEN BETTER THAN “THIS TOWN NEEDS GUNS” GUITAR WANKERY (and trust me, they are really good at it) This song was sadly too short.
体温 9/10 This is just how a closer song should sound. Like it’s saying goodbye and thanks you for your time. It wasn’t exactly the best song in the album but it works extremely well as a closer.
Man, the fact that they broke up breaks my heart, they were really talented, from the singer’s incredible voice to the bassist’s lines that will probably be stuck in my head for a couple hours. The guitarrist (whoever it is) is extremely good, perfect for math core. Don’t let me get started with how much i liked the drums in this album, they were simply put: perfect.
I hate always giving everything such good reviews but I (obviously) really love midwest emo, it’s perfect in every way (if made correctly, of course) This is now in my top 3 Japanese math rock albums, that’s how much I liked it.
This is Bicycle Sunday’s newest album, it was released last month ( 9th of February, to be more precise) and by reading the Bandcamp description I can tell this is gonna be awesome. So yeah, i’ve got high expectations for this album.
A Resounding Sense of Stability 9/10 This is really comfy! I like pretty much everything about this song. At least this is proof that midwest emo isn’t dead (what a relief) The lyrics are pretty good, it screams out honesty.
Electricity Everywhere 9/10 I really dig Joe’s (the singer) voice in this song, it reminds me of the slow American Football songs, apart that this sounds a little better (or different)
Theme From “Pacific Radio Fire” 8/10 Nice intro, but that’s pretty much it. good lyrics though.
I Won’t 9/10 For some reason, this song sent chills down my spine, this song is the best one so far. This song is nostalgic in a way I can’t explain.
An Infinite Supply of 35mm Film 9/10 I love the guitar picking at the intro of the song, very math rock-ish. The song gets extremely comfy when the bass kicks in :), i like it. IT GETS EVEN COMFIER WHEN MY MAN JOE BEGINS SINGING, I LOVE HIS VOICE!
Home Could be Anywhere 8.5/10 Nice, I dig the drums in this one.
Pacific Radio Fire 10/10 This is good. Really good. Actually, this might be the best song yet, “I Won’t” is almost as good as this one, but nah, this one is way comfier and, well, “emo”.
Winter Rug 9/10 Good lyrics, man. I really hope they aren’t based on a true story. The instruments were alright, I sadly didn’t pay much attention
The Greyhound Tragedy 9/10 THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE COMFIEST BASS LINES EVER, WOW.
Your Father Died This Afternoon 9/10 Strong closer, I liked it!
This might be on my top 10 albums of the year (so far), I think that this album was incredible. Even if it was simple at times, it didn’t affect the quality of the songs (quality as enjoyment, not like, 180 kbps) So yeah, I can say I rather enjoyed this album. Even if it might not be the best in the genre, it still is an album worth to remember.
I would give this album a 8,95, but I’m going to round it up to a 9. Well done, Bicycle Sunday!
This is a mixtape by someone called Marcello, it features his favourite tunes. It was relased in 2013 and it’s avaiable to purchase on cassette (I can’t buy it because i’m broke and I don’t have a cassette player) It comes in a nice package, just look at it! It’s so cool!
Anyways, I hope the music is as nice as the package
Liqour Quickly by Olde Pine 9.5/10 HEY, THIS IS PRETTY GOOD. THIS IS SOME QUALITY DRUMMING. No, seriously, I really dig this song, I might check the band out. Nice mix so far, Marcello. Good taste by the way (if you’re reading this for some reason) THE LAST MINUTE IS GREAT, the synths remind me of The Anniversary.
Hayam Wuruk by Chuck Bass 8/10 oh shit it’s screamo. It’s still nice got some nice instrumentation. Makes me wanna pick up a skateboard and skate away, apart that I can’t skate hahaha.
Innsmouth by Always Wanted War 9/10 IT’S MORE SCREAMO, NICE! I DIG THE SINGER’S VOICE (scream voice, that is) Sounds really nice at 01:35, I like it. Reminds me of Silencer at 02:40 (that’s a good thing) (EDIT: AAAAAAAH THEY NOTICED ME WHAT’S GOING ON????? THANK YOU!!!)
Anything Is Popsicle by Ghost Cat (nice band name) 9/10 THIS IS SO GOOD, IT HAS SOME REALLY NICE VIBES GOING
Setbacks by Bicycles 10/10 This really sounds like something me and my brother would create. Everything with this song is great, from the energetic drums to the basslines to the crunchy guitar sound of theirs. Nice vocals too, I might check them out. THANKS MARCELLO FOR THIS MIXTAPE, I’M DISCOVERING SOME GOOD SHIT THANKS TO YOU.
Call The Guiness Book by Finish This Together 6/10 Cool drums. I find the vocals a little annoying but that’s ok since it’s midwest emo. No, actually, this is more pop punk than anything i’ve heard. Does the vocals have autotune? Is it part of their aestethic? I don’t dig this so much.
Stray by Gouge Away 10/10 Yo, this is cool as hell. I like the guitar and the vocals, they remind me of Crystal Castles (probably because she is screaming?????)
Mosaic by I Found Myself In Austin, Texas 9/10 THIS IS GOOD, THE VOCALS MAY SOUND A LITTLE BAD BUT IT GIVES IT AN UNIQUE STYLE, I might check them out! Nice drums too.
Back Again by Tiger Magic 10/10 NICE, it really reminds me of Lee Ranaldo’s voice, like in Skip Tracer by Sonic Youth. No seriously, this fucking rocks.
Parody by Henri Parker & The Lowered Lids 9/10 DIG THE SYNTHS/ORGANS, it has folk punk vibes, that’s pretty nice
Ride Bikes (I like that name) by Ashtray Monument 8/10 Not that bad, but not the best in the mixtape. Sounds like something my uncle would listen to (he is into punk and such) I would go to a concert of theirs tho, if they are nearby.
Benno by Lost Girls 9/10 this is GREAT, really like it! There isn’t much to say about it, since it sounds like most of the songs on this mixtape.
Cellotape by Black Books 7/10 Nice vocals, sadly this mixtape is getting a little repetitive, so it sinks the rating a little. 02:15 to 02:30 was definitely the best moment.
Eisenbahn (Marcello edit) by Lafftrak 9/10 Cool synths, nice everything.
Divide These Days by Warehouse 8/10 I like the guitar. Pretty enjoyable
Upon The Ruins by Sodium 7/10 Not my style, but the drums are good.
Meine Blume by rha. 9/10 THIS IS GOOD(!!!) I LIKE THE TWINKY GUITARS
Teenage Rampage by Phlegmatix 8/10 Good bass, I like the vocals, they remind me of a band that I can’t remember the name of, but they sounded a lot like this.
Und Niemals Tourmalet by Torpedo Holiday 8/10 Good intro, this is the kind of song you want to play LOUD. Really dig this.
Frayed by Cavalcades 9/10 Oooh, I like the sound of the guitar. Smooth bassline too. This song is pretty good. FINALLY A “MIDWEST EMO” SONG (it almost isn’t midwest)
Lines In A Story by Starry 10/10 Dude, this is THE sound. Probably the best song in this mixtape so far. I don’t think it will get better than this.
Under A Nail by Old Friends 10/10 Super sounding guitar riff at intro, really pleasant to listen to. This isn’t THAT bad. No, actually, this is really good! I like it!
Acapulco Rain by Pilots. 10/10 WOW, WHAT’S THIS SONG? IT DOESN’T SOUND LIKE ANYTHING IN THE MIXTAPE. It reminds me of Arcade Fire, but a little better. This is the perfect song for a closer, a song that makes you dance and happy. This is definitely one of the best songs i’ve hear this year. Well done.
The mixtape had some really good songs by bands worth checking out, but it was a little too long for me to remember it all. At some point the songs started all sound the same, but the last 3 songs made me leave with a stupid grin stuck in my face. Specially the last song, that was awesome.
I just realised Marcellos isn’t a person, but the name of the label. Oh well…
This album is a 8.7/10, I might check out some bands from this mixtape.
Yes, if you haven’t noticed, i’m going to listen to every single album labeled as midwest emo and review it. When i’m done with that i’m just gonna listen to every single emo album. And then, post-hardcore, maybe punk afterwards? Then all the punk subgenres, that means post-punk and shit. We’ll see if I manage to survive through it all.
This album was released in July 2014. Just by looking at the album cover I can tell this album is gonna be hella comfy. Sadly, it seems that Somebody’s Basement broke up like, three years ago and this was their last album 😦 If i like the album I might check out they other stuff, it depends if I dig them
Here’s a review, I guess
Sober And Alone 8/10 Well, it has trumpets so I like it. Hey, this isn’t that bad! I mean, Chris’s voice (the singer) is damn cool, but it isn’t really, uh, midwesty. It has everything a midwest song should have, but it feels more punk oriented than emo. IF I MADE A SONG IT WOULD PROBABLY SOUND LIKE THIS.
Wethersfield, Forever! 9/10 NICE INTRO(!!!) I REALLY DIG THIS. Oh hey, his voice got a little more midwesty. These drums are cool as hell, well done Mike. The lyrics are alright. I like the guitar riffs from the last seconds
Seeking Justice 9/10 holy shit… this is the soundtrack of thousands of white suburban kids (that’s kinda a good thing) “One more summer and i’m quitting this job, I said it last year, maybe i’ll mean it this year”, that was extremely nice.
Punched In The Grief Bone 9/10 👌👌👌👌 My favourite part was when he sang “a neighbour” and repeated it, that’s just how I like my emo.
Completely Craked 9 /10 Pop-punk-ish and fucking awesome. “I tried to kill myself but wait… no… look… please look? i’ve changed. see” Damn…
Of All The Charlie Browns In The World, I Am The Charlie Browniest 9/10 Nice name, this has some nice bass lines and FINALLY SOME SCREAMS(!!!)
Oh, I Guess I Miss You A Little 9/10 GOOD INTRO, I REALLY LIKE THE DRUMS AND THE TWINLKY GUITARS. The lyrics are kinda cheesy but ok. THE DRUMS ARE BANGING AT THE OUTRO, DID I JUST HEAT HARMONICS?? HOLY SHIT
I Think The Neighbor Kid Is Making Serious Strides 9/10 Oh god, did they just sing about a Snowing song? That fucking rocks, man. I love Snowing. DUDE, THAT’S A TIGERS JAW SONG, THIS BAND KNOWS WHAT’S UP. This is a damn good closer, I liked the last song better, but that wouldn’t have worked as a closer.
I think I will listen to their other stuff, because I really liked this album! To be honest, I was expecting it to be kinda bad but it was the exact opposite.
I would definitely go to a concert of theirs, but they don’t play anymore. This album has this kind of DIY, lo-fi aestethic, which I like because it feels more like they were playing for fun.
RIP Somebody’s Basement, I can’t believe I hadn’t listened to them yet and now it’s too late 😦
Poetry Class ’96 was released by the band Flashlight, this is their debut album but also their last. Rate Your Music says this is shoegaze AND midwest emo. That’s nice because those are my favourite genres. I’m expecting this album to be extremely good, even if it is the least rated album in the midwest emo category.
One of the band members are also part of Owls, Joan Of Arc, Cap’n Jazz, all the Kinsella stuff (It’s Victor Villareal). I’m really hyped for this album.
The Song Formally Known As Princess 9/10 This is exactly how I expected the album to sound, opening with some math core-ish guitar and energetic drums. This is really nice.
Spider 10/10 THIS IS HOW I WANT MY BAND TO SOUND, IF I EVER HAVE ONE. THIS IS THE SOUND. There is just no way this is real.
Boots 9/10 Man, that intro gave me goosebumps, the bass is a little too loud tho, and it’s just one note. The drums are on point too. This song feels nostalgic in some way that I can’t quite explain.
(Untitled) 10/10 This weirdly reminds me of Sigur Rós, maybe because it has nice piano riffs. This is the emo definition of “Irresistible” by Deafheaven.
Syrup 10/10 THIS ALBUM IS SO GOOD, AAAAAAAAHHHHH. THIS IS EXACTLY HOW MIDWEST EMO IS SUPPOSED TO SOUND.
Devine Electrifying Induction 9/10 This is the most famous song in the album, with 59 views on youtube. This song is ok, not the best in the album but still a tune worth to remember. This song also has some nice Cap’n Jazz vibes going (that’s indeed a good thing)
Pinball 10/10 YES, HARMONICS!! YES, SCREAMS!! YES, IT’S EMO!! I wish I could understand what they’re singing. (Man, thanks to this song now I’m getting pinball videos suggested in Youtube. My life is over)
Mathias Wick 10/10 Nevermind, this is the most listened song, not Devine Electrifying Induction. This is SO good!!! Is it the singing of whoever is singing? The refreshing bass lines? The post-harcore-ish drums? The math core guitar riffs?
Man, I didn’t want to start this blog with such an inflated review but seriously, I think this is one of the best emo albums of all time. It’s criminally underrated. I wish I could buy a CD of this, but that’s almost impossible, I guess I’ll have to stick with Youtube.
This is definitely a 9.6/10 album, it sadly lacks more smooth bass lines.