I was going to write a review about the new "We Are Scientists" album, but I don't think i would be able to do a fair review of it right now. So rather than trash an potentally good album, I'm going to sing the praises of an album I allready love from a band that rarely lets me down.
Artists: Hot Water Music
Album: Fuel For The Hate Game
Comments: I hate victory records. Hate it with the fire of a thousand suns, which is also proably one of the names of the bands on that suckass lable. I used to love victorty records, back before Snapcase turned into computers and broke up, and before Streetlight Manifesto got jack for all their equipemnt. These days, Victory seems to carry every single pop screamo band in the world; its a lable consiting of Taking Back Sunday and their respective clones. Its this kind of mindless repetition of style with no creativity that is killing music these days.
So you might be asking yourself, what does all of this have to do with Hot Water Music? The answer is that this album "Fuel For The Hate Game" is, in my opinion, a blueprint for all of these Victory record bands; a guide to how to make a style of music creativly without repetiton and mindlessness. "Fuel For The Hate Game" gets its strenth by playing off of its influences. In "Backjaw" and "Turnstyle", one can't help but hear a Sunny Day Real Estate style of emo, but fused with some more hardcore guitar work and furious drums. At the same time, its melodic enough not to turn off the casual listner. The vocals are raw and snarrling, with lyrics that pull at the heartstrings, all as the dueling guitars swirl around each other.
The true triumph in this album is how it sounds like a step forward. When this album was released, screamo wasn't even on the radar in mainstreem music. Hot Water Music was able to fuse their emo roots with their hardocre tendencies, and make something beautiful and strong. This album in my mind is the first real hardcore/emo/screamo album of its kind, able to appeal to casual listner and still make the snobs happy. Listening to this album makes me both happy and sad. Sad because a genre of music has been reduced to stupid haircuts and bad metaphors, but happy because it reminds me that all it takes is a little hardwork and a little creativity to breath new life into a genre.
Key Tracks : "Backjaw" "Trademark" "220 Years"
Worth The Money: Yes, especially fans of At The Drive In, Sunny Day Real Estate, hardcore bands