Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Comadre - 2009 A Wolf Ticket

Band : Comadre
Album : A Wolf Ticket
Release Year : 2009
Genre : Screamo / Hardcore / Punk

Tracklist :
1. Hamlets
2. Tannerisms
3. Viva Hate pt. I
4. Viva Hatept. II
5. Word Is Bond
6. Grow Worms
7. King Jeremy
8. Suicides May Have Been Pact
Comadre is a band from Redwood City (a suburb of San Francisco), California, comprising of former members of Heartcrosslove, One’s Own Ruin, and Light This City. Their sound is an off-shoot of hardcore and punk played fast and chaotic with an abundance of energy, but also a large focus on melody and tunefulness. Their influences can perhaps best be shown by the covers the band has performed live, by groups such as Rites of Spring, Refused, Kid Dynamite, and Suicide File. 
A Wolf Ticket takes a step towards doing something different for Comadre, and for the most part, yields some fantastic results. From the moment Hamlet ends and Tannerisms comes crashing it’s pretty clear that *** is going to get ***ed up for the entirety of the very brief listen that is A Wolf Ticket. Speaking of, its brevity is one of its greatest strengths. Tracks flow seamlessly together and the occasional sample provides the only real respite, resulting in a barrage of cool guitar, ridiculous drumming, and the best vocals on any Comadre release yet. It doesn’t last long, but never fails to hold your attention. The kids in this band have grown up a lot and it shows all over this new material. It’s pointless to discuss track highlights because the album stands on it’s own, something that can’t really be said for past albums. It’s easy to hate on how quickly this is all over but when you listen to the frenetic breakdown at the end of Viva Hate Pt. II or revel in the old school feel of King Jeremy theres no reason to be pessimistic. After all, Comadre is still all about having a good time and the latter of those tracks is probably the most uplifting song Comadre has written(and for the first time Van Morrison and Kid Dynamite feel at home on the same track). Plus, the album ends on a great note: Suicides May Have Been Pact is probably the best song Comadre has ever done.

Don’t take it the wrong way: Comadre is Comadre. This release isn’t really progressive. This release isn’t really the next step for the band. Rather, one should treat A Wolf Ticket as its own beast and that is exactly what it feels like. This may not be Comadre's best album, but it is their most matured, well crafted, and confident. The truth is that hardcore and screamo have both been done to death, but Comadre manages to reinvent the sound inside their own little tiny bubble, and their newest record is the first time they’ve made strides towards breaking out of that. It’s not perfect, it’s really short, and the lyrics still aren’t particularly amazing but I’ll be damned if you like up tempo punk and don’t really enjoy this. A Wolf Ticket makes more sense in time and even though it lasts about as long as my sex last night the songs don’t old, and that’s more than I can say for any other band playing anything remotely similar to this.

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