REVIEW: The Blue Period – “And Suddenly The Days Draw Long Like Light​-​Years”

blueperiodThe Blue Period is a band that, in the most basic of terms, plays indie/emo music. They definitely have that classic Midwestern sound to them. There are definite Owen / American Football influences. There are also similarities to more contemporary bands, like Football Etc. or maybe a little Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate). They have a very comfortable and familiar sound. That said, they aren’t overpowered by those influences. They definitely stand on their own feet..

And Suddenly The Days Draw Long Like Light​-​Years is a solid EP that really covers all the bases one would like it to. The dual vocals of Celia Macdougall and Chris Moore are definitely one of the best strengths of the EP. They are both strong enough to carry a song by themselves, but are also able to reign things in for great interplay. When they’re splitting songs, neither overpowers the other. A lot of bands in this genre are built on one lead vocal, so this helps set them apart from other bands. The rest of the genre staples are pretty routinely touched upon. The production is a little grittier than most similar records, but that is really a strength as well.

The Blue Period is a young band. They have set a really great foundation down on And Suddenly The Days Draw Long Like Light​-​Years. The biggest problem they have is with how crowded this genre is. There used to be a time where a band from the UK playing this style would have a certain novelty to them. This isn’t really the case anymore. I don’t know much about their local scene in Nottingham, but I’m starting to feel like there might be more Midwest emo influenced bands in the UK than we have here in the actual Midwest.

See, I’m from the Midwest. Illinois to be specific. There is a lot of history here for this kind of music. I remember a time when a million bands in the Chicago area played this kind of stuff. And I remember how difficult it was to find the good stuff. There are a lot of these kinds of bands in the UK now, and they are going to have a similar problem. The Blue Period have the potential to break away from the pack of indie/emo bands, they just need to get a bit more adventurous. It will be wonderful to see what they do next.

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REVIEW: I Love Your Lifestyle – “I Love Your Lifestyle”

ILYLAlright. I Love Your Lifestyle. So, honestly, I’ve started writing this review about three different times. I Love Your Lifestyle is a talented band, but I’m having trouble writing about them. It’s easy to be reductive. This record was produced by Joe Reinhart of Algernon Cadwallader, and that is far from the only influence that band had on I Love Your Lifestyle. If the former band was taking cues from Cap’n Jazz, the latter is taking cues from them. Meaning there is a clear influence, and certain stylistic similarities, but it’s different enough to avoid being repetitive and redundant. I hope that doesn’t sound shitty. I Love Your Lifestyle is much better than some shitty comparison would lead you to believe.

Let’s try again. I Love Your Lifestyle play a very specific kind of music. People are going to classify this as emo music, and they are right in a few regards. But, from where I’m standing, this is a pop band playing pop songs. There are certainly genre tinges thoughout, especially instrumentally. While never getting too far away from a normal song structure, they do experiment in places. They are more controlled than the bands I mentioned earlier. There are still more chaotic (I guess) moments. It’s not super out there though. Everything is filtered through strong pop sensibilities. Like, one listen to “Spider Monkey” will have the line “Come on, you are not a wizard!” going through your head for days. Even putting an acoustic song, “Dynamite & Catfights,” right in the middle didn’t hurt the overall flow of things. That would be a momentum killer for almost anyone else.

There are no shortage of bands claiming the emo genre tag. A good majority are kind of hitting the same notes over and over again. It’s kind of the curse of a genre “revival.” It takes a lot to stand out from the pack. I Love Your Lifestyle make a great case for themselves. This a record that is filled to the brim with catchy sing-alongs and big hooks. I don’t think there is anything about this record that doesn’t work. Get into it.

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REVIEW: Sport – “Bon Voyage”

sportHow the fuck is this band not from Chicago? If you played me this record, and I didn’t know otherwise, I’d assume they were from here. Alas, they are not. Sport hails from Lyon, France. If you’re anything like me, they should be your new favorite band.

Sport was impressive from the start. Their debut LP, 2012’s Colors, showed the raw potential the band had. Bon Voyage is a great expansion on that foundation. Coming through is a great punk/emo sound that is melodic and driving. Their sound is right there with CSTVT and Grown Ups. It’s fantastic.

My favorite part of the record, aside from basically everything, is how the lyrics are simple without being trite. The songs are what they are. They don’t rely on any esoteric bullshit. It’s easy to connect. There’s a recurring theme of wanting to leave and go somewhere new (which is pretty on the nose for a record called Bon Voyage). All the songs are sung and played with such heart and conviction. It’s hard for me to imagine any genre fan not being absolutely excited by this record.

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**This record is being co-released by 23 labels. I’ve linked directly to the main label page if there isn’t an item page for this record yet. Keep checking the label of your choosing. I’m not updating this list, because holy shit.**

NORTH AMERICA
Kiss Of Death
Housebreaker

UNITED KINGDOM
Good Post Day
Don’t Shoot the Messenger

FRANCE
Guerilla Asso
Songs Of A Bitch
La Tête d’Ampoule
Impure Muzik
Crapoulet
Voice Of The Unheard
No Routine
Don’t Trust The Hype Recordz

GERMANY
Adagio 830
Pike Records

SPAIN & ANDALUSIA
La Agonia de Vivir
We Are The Daughters
Walking Is Still Honest

BELGIUM
Ruin Your Fun

ITALY
Oceano

AUSTRALIA
Eunoia Collective

RUSSIA
Unlock Yourself

SOUTH AMERICA
Inhumano Records
Seein’ Red