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by kill.pop.

kill.pop. aims for a sound that is not only familiar , but disquieting and abrasive.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. entrada
0:52 album only
2. proxy suicide
3:19 album only
3. exiter
3:08 album only
4. silence
3:52 album only
5. getting out
1:28 album only
6. forensic
2:45 album only
7. change me
3:33 album only
8. shut out
3:53 album only
9. buried
3:19 album only
10. sunkiller
3:21 album only
11. if it were mine
4:44 album only
12. criminal/sourtimes
5:36 album only


Album Notes
kill.pop. is a band of misdirection. They come from different social backgrounds, music backgrounds and art backgrounds; and when together they push and pull each other trying desperately to gain ground on the other and in the process end up in an entirely different direction than any of them intended. kill.pop. aims for a sound that is not only familiar but disquieting and abrasive. They attempt to shake up the comfortable yet remain within reason. Call it post rock, or post grunge, grunge with a post art/prog rock lineage. Call it a sound, an action, an ideal. Call it punk or post punk or pre-killers post new wave second generation hip hop for those missing the poetic ramblings of the cure while desperately wishing for the rock of led it it... kill.pop



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bob the builder

a bad mix can't mask an awesome album
what a poor mix can't hide is one of the most exciting new records of the year. Mixing the growl of hardcore, the apathy of grunge, the attitude of punk and the ability to combine whispers with screams of rage the new Kill.Pop. CD has elements of all the things that are missing from most commercial CD's these days, namely BALLS.

t. schroeder's drums are heads and shoulders above early "I" and new comer j. irvine adds a little different twist from previous kill.pop. member m. fann.

The liner notes say Irvine and Kinder share bass and guitar duties and without knowing who does what, there is a nice mix which is consistently rhythmic and some nice changes on songs such as "silence" and curish "sunkiller".

stand-out tunes are the long relationship confrontation of "change me", the modern rock classic "proxy suicide", the in your face hardcore anthem "buried" and my personal favorite the cover of Portishead's "sourtimes" which takes the low melencholy triphop original and turns it into an angstfest which begins with a low simmer and ends with an all out war (NOBODY LOVE ME!) and unlike the original, there is no relief from the subjects final declaration.

now back to the mix.
i understand that bands these days have little to do with how their albums come out after all the different hands have touched it. i can only image the differences between the recorded, mixed, mastered and pressed versions of these songs. there are times when the dust settles and everything sounds absolutely perfect and others when one instrument or another (usually bass) sticks way out from the rest of the mix. there are times when you have to strain to hear the vocals and there are other times you wish they were more buried in the mix. i'm not gonna fault the band for these glaring errors because like i said, the songs are tight, the ideas are fantastic and the musicianship is top notch. if you are fans of east coast fugazi, midwest big black and westcoast deftones, this CD will find a happy place in your CD collection.

**** (out of 5)