Thursday, May 24, 2012

Suis La Lune - Riala LP

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     First and foremost, I need to thank the lovely folks at My Endless Minutes for posting the download link for this. I haven't had the opportunity to get my hands on a physical copy yet, so they have gone above and beyond by making this available pretty much as soon as it came out. Thanks!!!
     I also want to thank Topshelf Records for continuing to be one of the best record labels in existence right now. Their roster of bands is rivaling the golden age of Ebullition Records and even, dare I say, No Idea Records... Normally, you would never hear me say anything even remotely negative against either of those labels. It's just that, Topshelf has been stabling so many amazing bands over the last few years that it is almost impossible not to love them. Big Kids, Caravels, My Fictions, Pianos Become The Teeth, Prawn, The Saddest Landscape, We Were Skeletons, The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die and now Suis La Lune... I mean, seriously!!!
     On to the music... Few words, only deep breath... It arrives and descends and gives me the heebie jeebies and I can almost feel the exact moment when the crest swells and sends me over the edge.
     I could explain more, but, I was at The Morgue watching Dreadful Children and The Briefs and Shit Gets Smashed and the first band, who I can't remember... It happens that way... All the bands were amazing tonight, if only I could have gotten passed. Good thing the bus came when it did... Good thing we were past capacity. 300+ when we only generally hold 120... Yes, Punk Rock can keep us sane... And, it does.

Stay Punk, Stay Safe, Stay Until We Are Done, It Will Only Get Better.

  It is so funny the way I write when I have been drinking. Fast and loose... I didn't even describe the record within those paragraphs. Now that I have had a few days to get my shit together, I will get into an actual review of 'Riala'...

Suis La Lune are one of the best "modern" Screamo bands around right now. They have little to no association with "The Wave", or whatever label the critics have tagged Pianos Become The Teeth and Touche Amore with. They play Screamy, Chaotic Hardcore the same way the greats have played it over the years. They are from Sweden and continue to set the bar so high for Emo and Screamo and D.I.Y. and Punk and whatever the hell else you want to call it. 'Riala' is their new album and it hasn't left my headphones in a week. Within these ten songs, you can be guaranteed to find guitar lines that go from clean to raging, twinkly to jarring and everything in between. The vocals are all over the map as well. Sometimes, everyone in the band sings, screams and bellows. Other times, the main vocalist Henning, who also plays lead guitar, will vocally emote like his heart is being torn out by it's roots. There are few things I know in life, but, one of them is, I will never grow weary of "True Screamo" like this. There is just so much real, throbbing emotion pouring forth from these compositions. These guys are playing like their lives are totally depending on it. Almost as if someone is holding them hostage with guns to their heads, demanding they create songs that convey the purest sentiment of human frailty, fear, loss, love and redemption. I can't get enough.

If you need some sort of comparison, I can't give you one. I trust that most of my readers have a pretty solid grasp of the history written within these lines. If you don't, you really should study up. Suis La Lune are going to be written about in the annals of Punk, Hardcore, Emo and Screamo history the same way Still Life, Saetia, Envy, Raein and Belle Epoque have been written about. This is the sound of Real Punk Rock.

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