Nothing Feels Good by The Promise Ring

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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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. How Nothing Feels     6/10 Damn…
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12.  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

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Marcellos Mixtape 2

dude, you can listen to it here

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This cover is cool as fuck

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!

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I love the art, I think Marcello drew this?

Anyways, I hope the music is as nice as the package

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!!!)
  4. Anything Is Popsicle by Ghost Cat (nice band name)     9/10 THIS IS SO GOOD, IT HAS SOME REALLY NICE VIBES GOING
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?????)
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Parody by Henri Parker & The Lowered Lids     9/10 DIG THE SYNTHS/ORGANS, it has folk punk vibes, that’s pretty nice
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Eisenbahn (Marcello edit) by Lafftrak     9/10 Cool synths, nice everything.
  15. Divide These Days by Warehouse     8/10 I like the guitar. Pretty enjoyable
  16. Upon The Ruins by Sodium     7/10 Not my style, but the drums are good.
  17. Meine Blume by rha.     9/10 THIS IS GOOD(!!!) I LIKE THE TWINKY GUITARS
  18. 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.
  19. Und Niemals Tourmalet by Torpedo Holiday     8/10 Good intro, this is the kind of song you want to play LOUD. Really dig this.
  20. 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)
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. 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.

Somewhere Else by Somebody’s Basement

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.

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Listen to the album right here my man

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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…
  6. 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(!!!)
  7. 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
  8. 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 😦

A solid album worth to remember, 8.8/10