Album Review: Death Chorus by Polar Bear Club

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download (6)Death Chorus by Polar Bear Club 

Record Label: Rise Records

Genre: Punk Rock

Release Date: November 19, 2013

Songs: 10
good good

Polar Bear Club are an American punk rock band from Rochester and Syracuse, upstate New York. Formed in 2005, the band has released four albums-Sometimes Things Just Disappear, Clash Battle, Guilt Pride, and Death Chorus. They have also released one EP called The Redder, the Better. Current members are vocalist Jimmy Stadt, lead guitarist Chris Browne, Patrick Benson, Tyler Smith, and drummer Steve Port.

opinion

Polar Bear Club are roughly a new band to me. Their music is so pop punk/punk rock that it’s a bit scary. Normally, bands like these usually end up starting in pop punk but then change their sound years later whether if it’s for the best or the worst. Polar Bear Club’s dedication towards pop punk is respectable and encouraging, and Death Chorus is proof of that.

These days, I’m a real stickler when it comes down to vocals. In Death Chorus, vocals are very strong, don’t get me wrong, but I would have loved some songs to have a darker tone to them. But other than that, my biggest problem with this album is the middle where songs start to sound the same without any of them being easily distinguished.

Before the middle, the choruses in the beginning are really tight and smooth like in Blood Balloon and So I Buy. WLWYCD has a tremendous build-up with the drums and guitar slowly coming back in. The drumming is awesome to the extreme in So I Buy as well as For Show. Siouxsie Jeanne is one of the softer songs on the album and it’s sadder and of course about love, but I still love it.

Overall, Death Chorus by Polar Bear Club is an album that pop punk lovers will enjoy. They seem to have a solid reputation and release very solid album, and I can’t wait to hear more from them.

3 Sexy Treble Clefs
3 Sexy Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Blood Balloon-3:12

2. Graph Paper Glory Days-2:50

3. So I Buy-2:50

4. For Show-4:09

5. Siouxsie Jeanne-2:24

6. WLWYCD (Why Live When You Can Die)-3:14

7. Chicago Springs-3:27

8. When We Were College Kids-2:41

9. Twang (Blister to Burn)-3:15

10. Upstate Mosquito-5:40

Album Review: Acceptance Speech by Dance Gavin Dance

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Acceptance Speech by Dance Gavin Dance

Record Label: Rise Records

Genre: Post-Hardcore

Release Date: October 8, 2013

Songs: 11
good good

Dance Gavin Dance are a post-hardcore band that formed in Sacramento, California in 2005. Since then, they have released two EPS- Whatever I Says is Royal Ocean and Secret Band. As well as five albums-Downtown Battle Mountain, Dance Gavin Dance, Happiness, Downtown Battle Mountain 2, and Acceptance Speech. Current band members are: Jon Mess (unclean vocals), Matt Mingus (drums, percussion), Will Swan (guitar unclean vocals, rapping), Tim Feerick (bass guitar), Josh Benton (guitar), Tilian Pearson (clean vocals).

opinion

I am so out of the loop when it comes to this band. The last time I listened to anything new by DGD, it was off of their self-titled album. Of course, everyone knows about Jonny Craig and his issues but I never knew that he rejoined the band. Anyway, they weren’t this heavy and they liked to add a lot of conversations to their songs like in Rock Solid. But out with the old and in with then new, right? Acceptance Speech is definitely an album that  might come as a surprise to some fans, especially older ones who have lost faith because Down Battle Mountain is an awful album but I assure you that this is fairly good.

Tilian Pearson, the newest member of Dance Gavin Dance has really smooth vocals that make me a great choice as a clean vocalist. Add in some rough vocals from Jon Mess and the harmonic balance is slightly off. Pearson’s voice is amazing but sound too clean in The Robot With Human Hair Pt. 4 and Acceptance Speech. Throughout the album there could have been a few nicely executed build-ups in Death of the Robot With Human Hair instead of it going from slow to fast quickly. It also doesn’t help that the song sounds like it could be the theme song for the Power Rangers or Power Puff Girls. Strawberry Swisher Pt. 3 is just awful with lyrics that just bash bands and bad producing skills that make the song sound like a child went crazy in the production room.

Drums keep the band together and sounding like one and in Carve and Doom and Gloom Matt Mingus is so tight and spot on that it’s hard not to notice how smooth it is and makes everything else. The change-up in Honey Revenge is nice with clean vocals taking the lead. Unfortunately, this song is beyond fucked with Pearson sweetly singing about rape: Oh (I’m just tying the knot)/Can’t wait to catch you all alone/Oh (I’m just tying the knot)/Girl, then I swear I’ll take you home/Whether you want it or not/Whether you like it or not. Creepy, right? Dance Gavin Dance ends the album on a more relaxed note with Turn off the Lights, I’m Watching Back to the Future Pt.2 that includes a flowing guitar solo to stay in listeners’ heads.

Acceptance Speech still has that snarky tone that Dance Gavin Dance has always had. They tend to provoke people and push the limits and like to insult their listeners with nice tunes and harsh lyrics. After the wreck that is their last album, this one might just save their damaged relationship with their fans. I would say that the best songs on this album are- Acceptance Speech, Doom and Gloom, and Turn off the Lights, I’m Watching Back to the Future Pt.2. Maybe even Honey Revenge if it weren’t so damn creepy. I recommend this to anyone who has been skeptical of DGD in the past because although this album still has flaws it is a step in the right direction since DBM2.

3 Sexy Treble Clefs
3 Sexy Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Jesus H. Macy-3:27

2. The Robot with Human Hair Pt. 4-3:35

3. Acceptance Speech-4:27

4. Carve-2:50

5. Doom and Gloom-3:41

6. Strawberry Swisher Pt. 3-3:36

7. Honey Revenge-3:30

8. Demo Team-3:09

9. Death of the Robot with Human Hair-5:09

10. The Jiggler-4:56

11. Turn off the Lights, I’m Watching Back to the Future Pt. 2-6:01