Okay so I said I would do this last blog entry, and I'm supposed to let my yes be yes. It's been a long time, but better late than never.
Rushmore Academy - If the Cigarette Smoke Doesn't Kill You, the Hairspray Will
Great synth tinged Powerpop/Pop-punk. Highlighted by everything that characterized 2000's emo. You can check out my review here.
Novella - Cinematography and Fidelity
When this EP dropped I was just getting into screamo/emo. What separated these guys from not just the rest of the St. Louis scene, but all other screamo bands was how they used their technical prowess to really create atmosphere. I never realized screamo could be so theatric and dramatic before these guys.
Fairwell - EP
Refreshing pop rock. I honestly thought these guys could've saved the St. Louis scene. Thoughts here.
Loser's Luck - The Places Between Us
St. Louis' favorite sons. You guys will be sorely missed. Read about why here, before I start crying.
And last but not least...
Ludo - Ludo
If you know where real thin crust pizza is from, love toasted ravioli, and used to go to shows at the Creepy Crawl, you probably expected this. I mean, these guys didn't win the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands and then get signed to Island for nothing. Their first record was phenomenal. I never had a band take me on such an emotional roller coaster since I listened to Weezer's Blue Album (ya, I said it). What was crazy was, Ludo's album is significantly goofier at times than anything Weezer has done. They are able to maintain down to earth, funny lyrics while conveying the optimism of young romance on more than one occasion. Then at times, they are just down right drab. The poles are so extreme: the funny numbers are gut busting and the somber numbers are gut wrenching. There's a reason these guys have toured with bands like Relient K and House of Heroes. Honestly, just go listen.
That's it. Hopefully I'll do the reviewing thing a bit more frequently, I already have a couple lined up. Till then, stay strong.