MRR #329 - If someone put this on and told me it was a long lost WIPERS demo, I’d have believed ‘em.  The singer is an absolute dead ringer for Greg Sage and the music has a similar dark, melodic energy.  They play the style well, and the songs are well written and catchy.  I just can’t imagine wanting to sound this much like one particular band.  MRR’s review of their demo referenced other bands, namely the OBSERVERS, ARTICLES OF FAITH, and HUSKER DU, so maybe there’s something here i’m just not hearing.  Don’t get me wrong – this is one of the best records i’ve heard in months. It just sounds so much like the WIPERS. - Unlike many of their Bostonian hardcore peers, Bloody Gears offer no acknowledgement of the XClaim! scene in their music or style. Rather, their dark, emotive punk hits the small intersection of Ebullition-approved emo-core and Crass-style political discontent on the Venn diagram of punk (far, far removed from tribal grindcore and third-wave ska). This is to say, while the anger and energy is in no short supply, Bloody Gears maintain a strong melodic backbone to their music, opting less for vessel-bursting screams and more for impassioned, harmonious shouting. It’s not what I usually go for, but there is an obvious sense of craftsmanship to these three songs, to the point where I found myself actually reading along to the lyrics on the back cover while listening (a dying art if there ever was one). It’s also worth noting that End of the Line was recorded in February of this year, and if you can remember the winter Boston had, the pain of lugging amps through slush and snow while wearing four layers of clothing is certainly evident here. Pretty much the antithesis of beach punk. - Bloody Gears is a pretty new band from Boston, Massachusets. This 7” is their first vinyl release after a 5-song demo tape which was released last year. This record is released in Europe by Taken by Surprise records from Germany, and in North America throught the well-known Deranged records. Artwork-wise I like the sparse and simple lay-out of the record. Especially the fact that from the looks of it, you can’t really predict what the band will sound like. No insert, the lyrics and all the info is written on the back of the sleeve. Very sober, yet appealing. On to the music then. My first thought after the needle hit the final was: The Estranged! And throughtout these 3 songs, the aforementioned Portland band remains an obvious reference. I would argue that Bloody Gears has a slightly less Wipers influence in their sound than The Estranged does, but the vocals of both bands definitely echo Greg Sage’s. Musically, I would say this is a little more hardcore-influenced as I can definitely hear some ‘Zen Arcade’-era Hüsker Dü in here as well. Due to the Wipers/Estranged-resemblance, Bloody Gears doesn’t score too many points in the originality section, however there’s something about this band that (at least to me) makes them stand out from the pack. The songs are well-written. Especially the tracks ‘Take a Ride’ (which was re-recorded from their demo) and the opening track of the record (‘End of the Line’) are highly memorable. After getting this record in the mail, I tracked down their entire demo online which features some equally excellent songs. My favorites being ‘Bite the Hand’ and ‘Pre-Occupation’. I’m not sure what it is, but I have a feeling this 7” has the potential to slip under people’s radar, only to realize in a year or two there are some really cool songs on this piece of vinyl. Do yourself a favour and don’t pass this up.





Landscapes of Disease

Date: 03.26.12

Format: LP/DD

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