Friday, January 13, 2012

After the Lights by The Saddest Landscape (2012)

Kind of Like: Suis La Lune, Her Breath on Glass, Pianos Become the Teeth
Genres: Screamo, Post-hardcore
Buy: Topshelf Records

It's officially Hopslam season!  Which for us Michiganders, means our newsfeed is filled with people taking pictures of their first sips of our beloved Bell's Brewery beer.  It's only available for a few months of the year, and it is the tastiest, most alcoholic brew you can have.  If you have two, then chances are you are legally drunk.  So, if you aren't from Michigan, but you dig Bell's Brewery and find it in your area, see if that Hopslam is floating around.  You can use their Beer Finder thingy to find Bell's in your area.  It's expensive, but well worth it.  It goes down so well because it tastes great, and after a few sips you get that nice warm feeling in your throat like you do when you drink whiskey.  But that's ok, it means your body likes it and wants more.  I think.

I haven't paid too much attention to Topshelf as of late.  I'm still waiting on the Prawn LP to be sent out, but aside from that that's the last thing I was really stoked about.  I can't deny this LP though, it's brutal in every aspect.  Modern screamo is almost to the point of getting tedious with how popular it has become in an underground misunderstood fashion, but this album shows there are still great bands out there that not only have their own voice, but remind you how powerful this genre can be at times with the right mixing and direction.  I know I get a lot of UK readers, and I may be late to the punch for this, but check these guys out while they are over there.  They got a few dates left.  It's expensive and hard as hell to go over there, so make it worth their while.  I'm sure if The Long Haul, Kerouac, Goodtime Boys, or Veils made the trip to the states (especially the east coast) they would get a lot of love.

Thanks to yo-gurt for the heads up on this.

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