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Blood Vessels
Blood Vessels
Teenage Heart Records
www.bloodvessels.net


Okay, so here is the question that I have to ask: If something sounds a lot like a beloved band, does that make it inherently good? It isn't a question of nostalgia or of a blatant copycat rip-off artist, more of the allusion presented, whether it is intentional or not. I guess my answer depends on how well they pull it off, because a lot of bands might rely on the sound rather than funnel the influence. In the case of Blood Vessels, the answer to the question "is it successful?" is: Hell yes!

I don't know, maybe it is nostalgia from some short lived bands, but I can not stop listening to this album. It sounds remarkably like a combination of Minor Threat and Operation Ivy, but somehow it is all its own. Songs from this album could easily fit in on those other records; whether it be "So Long" on the former or "Escape From My Brain" on the latter, either would blend seamlessly in with those perfect recordings.

Nailing the ambiance from track one, Blood Vessels succeed in creating the feel from that era, with the low-fi garage hardcore-punk, pristine enough to be on a CD, but with the grit like it was pulled from a tape-deck. Please know that I am not knocking the production, in fact, I find it refreshing in our overly produced world. It strikes me as some sort of perverse backwards simile; the beauty lies in the rough, not the jewels surrounding. All the more for that I thank the band for staying true to a sound, and capturing it to a "T".

While not epic in any sense, this album just plain does it for me, back to front good material laid on great tracks that resonate with the appropriate attitude. No presumptions, no disdain, only the love of the music and the need not to explain anything because it just is. Like it used to be. Like it should be. This record won't change the world or ultimately change me, but what it has given me is hope that those ideals from the salad days of punk are not forgotten, and occasionally someone will come along and get it right. So listen well because these recordings are few and far between.

-bishop

Track listing:
1) Catholic Zombies
2) Escape From My Brain
3) Not Funny
4) So Long
5) When You're Young
6) Primal Urge
7) Don't Care
8) Hell Rocket
9) White Knuckle Grip
10) Complacency


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