Mike Patton meets RHCP-esque funk rock put through the lense of nu metal sounds like a catastrophe in the making, but it actually uses its influence to its benefit and crafts something wholly original. The oddball experimentalist vocal acrobatics clearly indebted to Patton gel really well with the funk laden groove of the chili peppers and the heavy bounciness of nu metal, and it’s clear that they have a lot of their own ideas of which all turn out to be ... read more
Benjamin Lasky is someone who I’ve had an interesting history with. Despite never meeting the guy once or ever interacting with him, I’ve found myself hating him at one point. I think it was because I saw him as the corniness and tack and posturing of YouTube rap accentuated and brought to the forefront. 2022’s I Didn’t Mean To Haunt You, to me, was an instant knock out of ... read more
There is little difference between this and Cocomelon music in my mind.
Whiles there’s honestly not much here, what is here is a promising band that delivers that promise from the jumpstart. The New Jersey vampire punk outfit would form directly from the ashes (literally) of the September 2001 terrorist attacks, as a young Gerard Way was heading to his internship job at Cartoon Network Studios. Prior to this point he was shopping around a cartoon he’d been working on called Breakfast Monkey, but as soon as he saw the ... read more
If you were any of the many who had to sit through the tumultuous and exhausting cycle of this record, (going nearly an entire year to release a second single, not announcing even a track list or album name until last minute, the album not even being done months and months after Edging released, no communication with fans, tons of hyping with nothing to show for it) than you’d know just how disappointing and not worth the wait this was.
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As positive as I am about their previous material (pre-California, obviously), this is a depressive shit-heap of an album and there’s nothing to like about it.
Matt Skibidi and Mark Hopeless just do what they did on their last album but with annoying trap beats, groan-worthy forced vocals, even shittier and more dumbed down lyrics and no original ideas. It’s slightly (slightly) more creative than California in areas, but it is a good good chunk worse ... read more
After Tom’s unexpected exit of the group Matt Skiba, singer of punk band Alkaline Trio and an idol to all three members, would fill in for touring duties, ultimately leading into his permanent stay in the band on co-vocals and guitar and the recording of this record. And wow…
Yeah, it’s very that after Tom leaving yet again, Mark really has no idea what to do. In seeking a producer, they didn’t reach out to the guy who produced some of their ... read more
Not a ton to say about this one. First track is great, some pretty good ones, Yelawolf verse is pretty funny and jarring. Boxing Day is a cute little folk-inspired tune.
This is essentially just more neighborhoods. Not bad at all.
What is bad is that Tom decided to repeat history again and up and left the band in 2015. Now he can go chase aliens, at least.
How in the world will Mark & Tom find their footing ten years after going through the same exact thing ... read more
(Using the deluxe tracklist, as it feels like a more complete experience to me.)
Taking a little bit of every project they’d done up to this point, Neighborhoods feels like a happy medium to be at this late into their career. Has some of the pop of Enema & Take Off, has some of the experimental edge of Untitled, has songs that are both reminiscent of +44 and of Angels & Airwaves. First thing I notice about this record is that the writing has excelled ... read more
In the wake of Tom Delonge’s departure from Blink it was very clear something had shattered within Mark. His closest friend and brother of nearly fifteen years had abandoned him coldly and sharply, not to mention after a year or two of constant in-band arguing and disagreements. In press and the very few interviews Mark gave in the period of beginning of Blink’s “hiatus” to even after the record’s release it was very clear he was ... read more
After a relatively successful world tour with Green Day and a year-long album recording process (documented on MTV’s Album Launch program), the trio’s fifth studio album would be delivered. Only, this time it was made up of more nuanced gloom and experience rather than sophomoric emotion and raw passion. The three were (or were becoming) fathers and had a new perspective on life. That, as well as the critical success of Delonge’s adventurous one-off ... read more
It’s nice to hear him expand on his sound with these b sides. It’s even nicer to hear his sound outside of the context of the narrative of IDMTHY. I think the first track is another beautifully composed, heartfelt and creative tune with a great Brakence feature (rare w), but thought the latter was kind of grating on the ears with it’s annoying pitched up vocals (in spite of its wonderful instrumental). Maybe it’s a ... read more
Amidst a back injury-led break in touring, and the shockwaves of 9/11 still resounding, Tom would take the pain of both and write a slightly heavier and more serious-in-tone album. These sessions were comprised of songs and ideas DeLonge deemed too idiosyncratic for his main band, and you can absolutely see why. A song as tricky and somewhat out of left-field as Cat Like Thief or a song as punk and as raw and as aggressive as the aptly titled My First Punk Song could ... read more
I have never started and never finished an album so many times in my life, and after seven months I finally have. And yeah, I've never much cared for this band's anti-song approach to music, and soaking their structureless and brief tunes with homages to movies and themes I've never seen and heard does even less for me.
It's musical mush. It's too weird and dissonant to be enjoyable. There's some sick ideas here and there, but there's really no 'songs' to come ... read more