I think I got this Lewistown seven inch because I reviewed it. I dug it because of the nice and vaguely-melodic slugfuzzed guitars, and the snappy snare (tag line on the record: “Spreading the violence of ‘mid-tempo emo core’ since 1996”). I once played a show with them at a pizza place in Phoenix… in front of about six people, not including band members. I seemed to be the only one there who was totally psyched to see them.
It was put out on Bug Recordings. Both the label and band were from Richmond, Virginia. I reckon this is from 1996, but it could be 1997.
Their split with Target for Aggression is out there for download. It also contains “Breathe/Burn” (same recording… and the split also features Target for Aggression covering that song). And a bunch of other good songs that are worth tracking down.
You may remember that earlier I posted the Meadowlark/Slave One split 12″. The Meadowlark stuff on that split is pretty good, but so far I’ve had some trouble getting into it. This seven inch that’s downloadable below, on the other hand, right away makes me go Oh yeah, man, this is the stuff. I’ve had this for forever on a mix tape a friend made for me. But then I found it on butt white vinyl last week while shopping for records. Right after I found it I found out that the quote at the beginning is from the movie Dune. I say this line pretty much every time there’s a storm a’brewing. And now I know that it’s not only from the Meadowlark 7″, but also from a movie that I’ve seen.
They are frantic and all over the place, which may seem sort of messy, but dang they do it well. Sort of remind me of Harriet the Spy, but can also be chunky and driving and fast, like His Hero is Gone (that may seem like a basic and off comparison, but there are some intense thrashy elements… so spit). I know I don’t comment much on lyrics and content, but I include the contents, so I leave it up for you guys to explore. Basically, these guys from Texas are honest (“fuck rights, I want my freedom”) and personal (“this is the sound of growing old too fast. this is the face of facing the future alone…”) and more. Nice insert also includes drawings and writing and a dedication.