YEAR END! – Top Twenty Records Of 2014

fulllengthIN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:

  • Allison Crutchfield – “Lean Into It”
  • Braid – “No Coast”
  • Cayetana – “Nervous Like Me”
  • Crisis Arm – “Rend”
  • Dikembe – “Mediumship”
  • Divino Niño – “Pool Jealousy”
  • Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) – “You Will Eventually Be Forgotten”
  • Free Throw – “Those Days Are Gone”
  • Grey Zine – “Destitution”
  • The Hotelier – “Home Like Noplace Is There”
  • Kill The Intellectuals – “I Hope You Die Painlessly – With Laugh Lines And Wrinkles Around Your Eyes”
  • Kittyhawk – “Hello, Again”
  • Late Bloomer – “Things Change”
  • Living Room – “Moonchaser”
  • Mother Room – “Scorched”
  • Museum Mouth – “Alex I Am Nothing”
  • My Fictions – “Stranger Songs”
  • Perfect Future – “Manifesto”
  • Sport – “Bon Voyage”
  • Weak Teeth – “So You’ve Ruined Your Life”
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REVIEW: Living Room – “Moonchaser”

livingroommoonchaserThis shit rules, you guys. It’s really no secret that I love bands that play that really specific emo and punk mixture. I love that kind of music for a lot of reasons. I love the hooks, big choruses, and overall feeling of it. I love the emotion that comes through when the vocals kick from calm to full on yelling. I love the grittiness of the instruments, where things go from a mellow twinkle to full on driving punk. I also love it because it reminds me of the local bands I used to see when I was younger. Living Room makes me feel a lot of ways. Nostalgia mixed with great enjoyment.

Moonchaser sounds like an album that would have come out of Chicago in the early/mid 2000s. It touches on all the hallmarks of the Midwestern punk/emo scene, but has some of the the bite of East Coast punk rock. Which makes sense, seeing as Living Room are out of Brooklyn. It’s that combination that makes Living Room, as a band, sound special. It is also what makes Moonchaser such a goddamn good listen.

The record has a perfect flow to it. Starting with the opener, “American Levitation.” That songs is a very calm, mostly vocal performance. It ends with a guitar buzzing that explodes right into “Casual Science.” The album just goes almost full blast until about the middle from there. Things slow down a little bit on the front half of the song “Out Of Love.” It doesn’t last long, because that songs kicks it right back up on the second half. It was a calm, melodic break. Which is actually pretty common here. Living Room are quite adept at that start/stop, calm to driving type sounds.

It’s a damn shame that the record only last about 26 minutes. I was really wanting a lot more by the time the penultimate song, “About Time,” came around. It’s alright though. The album closer, “Magnetic Service,” comes next. It is a song that closes a spectacular record in a great way. If nothing else, this record will make you look forward to whatever the band does next.

Living Room is a band that is capable of a lot. Moonchaser is only their second release, and debut full length. If they can continue to grow, and keep putting out quality releases like this, they will be one of the best bands playing this music.

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