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Weatherbox - The Clearing [EP]

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Weatherbox - The Clearing
Release Date: November 7, 2006
Record Label: Doghouse Records

Alternative music has always been the vague musical genre into which critics and fans alike throw the odds and ends that don’t really fit anywhere else. Weatherbox is clearly one of those, although many will argue they are more post-hardcore than anything. The Clearing is their first EP for Doghouse Records, and the San Diego-based band intends it to be a prelude to their debut full-length, which we will see sometime in early 2007.

With a gritty production scheme emphasizing Justin Green’s drumming and Brian Warren’s nasal howls, “Snakes, Our Ground” certainly is not what one would expect from a band whose Myspace describes them as pop music. Equal parts Say Anything and The Matches, the song is bound to raise a few eyebrows. “The Thinnest of Maps” and “The Clearing” both fall into similar musical styles. Predictably, the heavy bass drum returns as Weatherbox dances from the outskirts of accessibility into a familiar sound that neither inspires nor detracts from their sound. As a Bemis knockoff, Warren still needs some work, as “Cowboy Mountain” shows. The lyrics are interesting, but his voice gets downright annoying after awhile, as does the musical repetition. “Atoms Smash” finishes the EP as Weatherbox’s most ambitious bit of songwriting. Toning down the sung vocals instead, the band rolls through shouts and wails, which seem to work better. Except for the acoustic guitars of “Cowboy Mountain,” the guitar work remains almost static throughout the EP; this is one of the key gripes about The Clearing.

In a genre where either being unique or having money behind them is paramount to success, Weatherbox tends to be closer to the former. The Clearing shows both promise and need for improvement. Lyrically, the songs are solid and interesting, but they need to do more in eliminating repetition and creating some slicker riffs to fit their “thinking man’s” lyrics. Until then, this EP would be a cautious buy for fans of Say Anything. Falling somewhere into the blurred category of post-hardcore, Weatherbox have shown some potential with their debut EP for Doghouse. Whether they can flesh it out for a full album, only time will tell.

Buy Weatherbox's The Clearing EP on iTunes

Track List01. Snakes, Our Ground
02. The Thinnest of Maps
03. The Clearing
04. Cowboy Mountain
05. Atoms Smash
Listen to WeatherboxMyspace | Official Site
This review is a user submitted review from Tony Pascarella. You can see all of Tony Pascarella's submitted reviews here.
 
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02:59 PM on 10/21/06
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oh man thats a shame you didnt like it.
i love it, i think the bands got some major potential.
03:19 PM on 10/21/06
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A lot of people are going to be mad at you, Tony. I am not the biggest fan, but I know a lot of folks out there are. So, good luck :)
03:23 PM on 10/21/06
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Alot of folks include me. I love this band, that is all.
03:25 PM on 10/21/06
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I'd say it's more so a Say Anything meets Criteria sound.
04:11 PM on 10/21/06
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someone should put this ep up on yousendit or something
04:54 PM on 10/21/06
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A Bemis knock off? Oh man, I have to listen to this.
05:05 PM on 10/21/06
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love love this band, I want this e.p. so bad, even though it's only 2 new songs I don't have!
05:29 PM on 10/21/06
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i love this band
and the ep is awesome
06:26 PM on 10/21/06
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this band is amazing, as are the lyrics and brian's voice. i can't wait to hear the new songs.
06:40 PM on 10/21/06
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You're high, this EP rules. The second track could be the best dynamic emo rock song I've heard all year; the whole thing is so good though.

I'd say it's more so a Say Anything meets Criteria sound.

ding ding ding. This is exactly what it sounds like and it works so, so well.
06:56 PM on 10/21/06
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You're high, this EP rules.
I agree about the high part. weatherbox is amazing and thats it
07:49 PM on 10/21/06
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A Bemis knock off? Oh man, I have to listen to this.

My thoughts exactly, hahaha
07:53 PM on 10/21/06
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I think it's kind of offensive to call him a "knock-off" of anyone. He's similar to Max, get OVER it.
08:22 PM on 10/21/06
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i think Weatherbox is great, so i'll have to check out the EP.

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