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The Blood Brothers
Crimes
V2 Records
www.thebloodbrothers.com


The Blood Brothers succeed in being different, creating a smart sound, if somewhat disorganized at points, which transcends mere music into a form of art. There are a lot of good things that can be said about the Blood Brothers, but like true art, it is a matter of individual taste whether the general public will like them or not. Personally, I don't see how they could make it with John Q Public, because as any great artist pushes the boundaries of their work, the depth grows and accessibility suffers.

You have to give them applause just for the simple fact that they've created something new - well not exactly new, but compared to the majority of bands out there, they are pushing creativity to unheard of levels, and that's enough for me. For their risk-taking I can't help but compare them to D.C.'s Black Eyes, who constantly ignored the status quo to concoct something inherently beautiful yet dysfunctional, while at the same time alienating their audiences. It is a fine line to walk, and there are barely any bands that I know of who can do it. But you can't fault a band for staying true to their base, and not lightening their sound just to fit some Clear Channel definition of music.

Where they optimize their ambiance is in their intensity, it is the sort of intensity that used to be defined by the Seattle scene fifteen years ago. And the only people I could see listening to this music are the disenfranchised youth of today, those aimless ones who won't settle for the corporate convictions of others, and protest their elders/peers with the complete antithesis of accepted music that they can find. The Blood Brothers definitely fit that bill, while being an educated exploration of what is music. Now the question I would like to ask those people is: "Do you really get it?"

There is so much going on that I doubt a lot of listeners will truly latch on to the genius behind the structuring and division of songs, more likely they will latch on (if the latch onto anything at all) to the superficially strong guitar lines and pounding beats. Almost every song contains a plethora of subtlety in the form of changes and intelligent song pieces, which ebb and flow beneath the major currents. You have to be paying attention though, it took me several listens before I got past the shock value the album presents; but I found it, so you can too.

Ultimately this album will not fit the taste of a lot of palates, but those willing to devote time getting past the initial shock tactics, abrasive changes and piercing vocals could find a deeper treasure. Especially today when there are so many vapid bands vying for exposure, it is now more important than ever to support those who know what they are doing. Eventually we can bring about another music revolution.

-bishop

Track listing:

1. Feed Me to the Forest
2. Trash Flavored Trash
3. Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck
4. Peacock Skeleton with Crooked Feathers
5. Teen Heat
6. Rats and Rats and Rats for Candy
7. Crimes
8. My First Kiss at the Public Execution
9. Live at the Apocalypse Cabaret
10. Beautiful Horses
11. Wolf Party
12. Celebrator
13. Devastator


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