Pennsylvania Exudes diversity on this Square of Opposition/Chumpire/I heard you hate caskets release
Where do I start?
3 labels, 4 bands, and a fantastic lay out.
This 4 way compilation was released in 2011 and terribly reviewed by an outdated source. So now I’m here to fix that.
This record idea is a culmination of 4 bands delivering roughly 8 or 9 minutes of music each to fit onto a 180 gram 12”.
If you had not known it was on record, you may think “Wait, why does KIDS give us 7 tracks, and We Were Skeletons only gives us 2?! What a rip off, I do not understand time at all!”
But thankfully I can clear that up and explain it for you right off the bat.
SO LETS BREAK THIS DOWN!
The first band is Florence and Libby.
Their style of music is odd, it sometimes gives me the vibe of late Dischord era post punk, then it dives right into very spastic, Devo inspired punk.
This band may not be your cup of tea, but they definitely deliver the most interesting sound on this record.
The opening track, “That’s Where The Feathers Came From” is a hit. It gets me feeling the way I did when I’d listen to Rites of Spring. Maybe its the reverb, or the blatant Lo-Fi but it rules. The other songs they bring are an odd mix but definitely keep you on your toes.
The next band is KIDS.
They have always been known for their spastic brandishing of Hardcore. My best way to describe the band is if SLEEP also did way too much cocaine after they smoked all that weed and then wrote a record as fast as they could.
They bring out odd time signatures so fast, if you aren’t paying attention, you completely miss them.
Sometimes the chaos can be a little confusing, but the pay off is always worth it.
The last song on their quarter is the take away from them, for sure. Slow, driving, and worth the 3:30 minutes of your time.
Side B Opens up with 2 extremely amazing songs by We Were Skeletons.
We can all agree that WWS is the band that screamo always needs and will never have again.
They brought passion, drive, and originality like no other, and these two songs are perfect examples of that.
The production of these songs are a clear step above the rest of the recordings. That alone puts them as my favourite part of the record.
I can’t say enough about how well put together these songs are, do yourself a favor and pick this record up, even if only for these songs.
The record ends with an extremely solid Paxton.
Paxton is your solid brand of Latterman influenced Pop Punk with great notes of The Ergs. A real solid way to bring this record to a close.
The songs are full of melodies that keep you humming along. They have that driving drum/bass punk that really makes me feel young and full of hope. I love how maturing punks make the best immature punk songs.
The last song on the record “Positive Life Choices” brings you a great bass intro followed by the feelings of wanting to start a punk band for the first time again.
The tag line SoFO put for this record is “We are all friends, but sometimes friends are dicks.”
I think that line sums up this record perfectly.
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