The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
Record Label: V2
Release Date: October 10, 2006
The Blood Brothers are among a long list of bands who could've been much bigger than people made them out to be. In some cases that could be a good thing. In others, though, that could lead to the band becoming just another stepping stone on the long path known as "good gone mainstream". Any fan of a solid, underground band like The Blood Brothers were, lays awake at night praying for this never to happen. Thankfully, most non-fans of TBB don't recieve their sound well. It's solid truth. The Blood Brothers are an acquired taste.
Their final studio album, Young Machetes, could by any means be considered a venture into a more mainstream sound. Some tracks are reminiscent of their beginnings as an up-and-coming punk outfit from the bowels of Seattle, such as "Johnny Ripper", "Your The Dream, Unicorn!", or "Rat Rider". In fact, every song on the CD incorporates a little bit of that fresh, Blood Brothers sound, but many of them are infused with a... how do I put this correctly... "poppy" sound.
Think I'm lying? Take a listen to "Spit Shine Your Black Clouds", with its "disco-esque" sound persisting throughout the entire song. Or maybe take a listen to "Camouflage, Camouflage", an upbeat little post-hardcore track, played over an organ for the first half of the track. The second half goes straight into a minimalistic, post-punk sounding melange that finishes off the album well.
If you're not a fan of the Blood Brothers, I understand. It took me quite some time to get used to them, myself. Whether you hate the hecticness of the songs, the chaos that ensues in what dares to call itself "post-hardcore", or everyone's favorite, the sound of Johnny Whitney's voice. I ask you to listen to Young Machetes, if you haven't already, and see if it changes your opinion. It's unlike any other album they've put out, in my opinion, for one reason alone: it's not crazy. It sounds like real music. Real, real music. And it feels good. So try it.
This used to be my second least favorite Blood Bros. album, but I recently listened to it again and found myself enjoying it much more. Crimes, to me, looks very bland and forgettable compared to this album. They really find cool ways to incorporate pop influences in their songs.
I got into them when burn piano island came out I remember how disappointed I was when I got into this album that things were coming to an end for them it really saddened me but I do like jaguar love and past lives is actually opening for murder city devils I believe so that's pretty cool
Not a fan of the review; did not really cover the tracks really but hey, I suck at reviewing so i should not complain ;) All three of their albums are great. I guess I would have to say the 2nd album is my favorite since it is the album that I first heard when I discovered them. But I do believe that Young Matches was a great album and being the last of them it is completely fitting. I still get juiced listening to Set The Fire To The Face On Fire....that track murders!
I like everything the Bloods have put out. What a cool concept: two brutal singers, one with a high end shriek and one with a lower, deeper scream, battling it out throughout their songs. Even cooler: they had the tremendous DIY work ethic and background that it has an extreme amount of artistic integrity and most importantly creativity.
This band was never an easy listen, and that was the point: They wanted to make great, insanely creative music on their own terms.