Staph "Keys" CDPosted on Monday, November 23rd, 2009 @ 7:20am » permalink
Another cool release from intriguing label Kid Sister Everything is the "Keys" EP, which offers up three songs in about 15 minutes from Chicago trio Staph. I guess you could call this "screamo", though it's certainly not the irritating kind. Jangly clean guitars and thick basslines mix with a little bit of raw distortion, and all three band members contribute vocally, so there's a mix of intense screaming and pained, distant singing. Of course there's a frantic sort of edge to some of the riffing and arrangements, but there are also a lot of drawn out instrumental passages that have a surprising midpaced throb happening, and such excursions really add a different sort of feeling to the emotional tone of their work as a whole. As usual I don't know what more to say, especially seeing as you can check out the entire EP below. Here's one song and a dash of (different) lyrics to give you an idea of what to expect:
It's raining gold downtown. Looked up to spot a rainbow in the sky. Had no umbrellas so a million people died. And if these streets could speak, we'd get eaten up in its concrete teeth. A million people. If these streets could speak, we'd get eaten up in its concrete teeth. The symphony marches in packs of cigarettes and six. Existence spends me every day like your accumulation of pennies. We broke the ground that we walk on. 'Cause we took too long to walk on.
Released earlier this year, "Keys" was limited to just 50 hand-painted discs in hand-sewn sleeves, and is also now sold out. So, the label has given me permission to post the entire thing for your listening enjoyment:
If you like what you hear, definitely check out the Kid Sister webstore and/or their full distro list to see what other releases are still available, as their general aesthetic seems to be pretty consistent across the board. I'll definitely have to keep an eye on what they release in the future…