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America Is Waiting
In The Lines
Diediediamond Records
www.americaiswaiting.com


What a beautiful sort of anarchy is represented on this album. America is Waiting's energy is ferocious and addictive with an anti-music approach to existence. Throwing normal convention in the face of the masses, they attack songs with a melee approach, an every-man for himself, come-to-jesus that bends musical relativity to the breaking point but goes beyond. Every instrument seems hell-bent on producing a sort of cacophony, but is masterfully put together into an exquisite blended vision of what music should be.

The shear intensity is what catches me the most, even in a subdued mode such as "The Virus Is Airborne", the undercurrent is pure movement. Unlike a lot of angst filled early nineties attempts to see the future, these gentleman coax the material with a loving hand, a heavily calloused, but loving hand. There is no angst here, just pure pathos. I hesitate to call it emotion for those who would confuse my description with emo, it isn't, but rather it is closer to the hardcore of bygone days, pure, with no qualms with about its humble existence.

There are a lot of reasons I like this band. They have a subtle yet heavy-handed willingness to play with the musical medium. They feel like a unit, a single entity that doesn't play favorites to specific instruments, and more over, every individual bows to the greater whole. They know how to use noise, without making it an annoyance. They sound discordant while maintaining beautiful melodies. They just are.

The drumming is superb; it is filled with a rage, but is constrained enough to disappear in a heart beat and reappear picking up the ebb and flow of the songs like in "Nothing Justifies". The bass is so close to being perfect- it loses a little in the production, but there are some awesome moments of clarity as it moves around the drums. Bass and drums should be inseparable, one supporting the other, and you can tell that this bass player understands that. The guitars are nicely in sync. They take the approach that Fugazi trademarked; simple definitive lines that have nothing to do with each other, and yet are perfectly fit into a coherent guise. And separately, alternating single note lines with complex movement by the other, as in "Cut You", simply awe-inspiring. Vocals play well into the ultimate mix, taking the ups and downs that the songs take, letting the song be at points, and being the song at others. It is a brilliant mix.

This album isn't for everyone though. It isn't for the faint of heart, and it isn't for those people who have to constantly ask, "What's going on?" But for the rest of you who like movement in music, and like to be challenged on that level, I have something special for you. You know who you are, you know who you're not.

Chaos reigns supreme, long live the king.

-bishop

Track listing:

1) Primate Chow
2) Sympathy for Rome
3) Nothing Justifies
4) The Virus is Airborne
5) Cut You
6) Guilty as Charged
7) Intravenous Genius


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