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Absolute New Classics

Posted by - 08:33 AM on 01/20/10
After our decade "best of" lists, there's certainly a disagreement and a consensus amongst staff members and users alike. Let us not forget the discussion that the site received for the Absolute Classics column either.

I introduce to you the "New Classics." Once in a while, we'll write why we think a certain album, given time, will go down as that band's monument, or most significant release, and the impact it seemed to have musically and socially.

Outside the box of the obvious choices, I'm going to pick one from my decade list to start this thing off. Jump to the replies to see my thoughts on why Every Time I Die's Hot Damn! has the potential to go down as a "New Classic."
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08:34 AM on 01/20/10
Adam Pfleider
wait. what were we talking about?
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Absolute New ClassicWhen I submersed myself into - let us be honest at the coined term at the time - "screamo" scene of the early millennium, it was dark, brooding and a serious platform to just let your heart bleed out on the floor while yelling all the words and rocking out. In a sense, there was also a confusion of what the genre was turning into. There were no rules, only more genres. Metalcore. Hardcore. Mathcore. Screamo. Everyone had a tag. Some were heavier than others. Some had a sing/scream formula. Some were ripe for the breakdowns. Some were just a bit too serious.

Enter my discovery of Every Time I Die and their single for Hot Damn!, "Ebolarama." In the roller skating, class clown video, the band rips through three minutes of poetic playfulness - a punch in the face, while the same guy doing the beating is cracking a well written monologue from the future Textsfromlastnight.com. When the breakdown comes at 25 seconds before the track's ending, and vocalist Keith Buckley screams, "This is a rock and roll takeover," I certainly smiled in its perfection.

There's a joyful panic in tracks like "Romeo A Go-Go" and "I've Been Gone A Long Time." Vivid stories are crafted in "Godspeed Us to Sea" and "Hit of the Search Party." But it is the ending "Pornogratherapy" that closes the disc perfectly - closing an abrasive and sinful hymnal, the track ends in a wave of breakdowns and feedback as Buckley screams, "That's enough! Turn it off! I promise I'm better now!" Though it relates to the song more so than the album, it speaks to the 27 minute run time of the audible adventure of fevers and heart attacks.

Though the band has a catalog that contains much of the above, Last Night in Town was the first party we went to, while Hot Damn! was the night where someone took a picture of us passed out and written on in sharpie. It showed that bro-core could be something of lyrical genius, and that the syntax of the best lines can fall on the downbeat of the most hard hitting axe bouts. For many, we stopped taking ourselves so serious, and enjoyed the ride. That being said, it's also the first portrait of a continual hard working band.
08:41 AM on 01/20/10
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All Time Low - Put Up Or Shut Up
Four Year Strong - Rise Or Die Trying
08:43 AM on 01/20/10
Cody Nelson
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All Time Low - Put Up Or Shut Up
Four Year Strong - Rise Or Die Trying
Agree wholeheartedly on Put Up Or Shut Up. Coffee Shop Soundtrack is, hands down, the best song they'll ever write. I haven't heard Rise Or Die Trying enough to know if it's worthy.
08:46 AM on 01/20/10
kbi the crowing
dr( )ning the days away
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Hopefully neither Second Stage nor In Keeping Secrets is left off this list
I don't mean to be a fan boy, but seriously, not one mention on the decade list shocked me.
08:55 AM on 01/20/10
Claret and Blue
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Great pick.
09:00 AM on 01/20/10
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Rx Bandits - ...And The Battle Begun
09:00 AM on 01/20/10
my anaconda don't
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Fear Before The March of Flames - The Always Open Mouth
Say Anything - ...Is a Real Boy
Fall Out Boy - Take This To Your Grave
Taking Back Sunday - Where You Want To Be

Just a few of mine. Great idea by the way.
09:02 AM on 01/20/10
every shining time you arrive
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As Tall As Lions - As Tall As Lions. The band's best record by far. A tonal masterpiece.
09:02 AM on 01/20/10
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All Time Low - Put Up Or Shut Up
Four Year Strong - Rise Or Die Trying

Agree wholeheartedly on Put Up Or Shut Up. Coffee Shop Soundtrack is, hands down, the best song they'll ever write. I haven't heard Rise Or Die Trying enough to know if it's worthy.

On this note, ATL - Put up or Shut up and Mayday Parade - Tales Told by Dead Friends
09:11 AM on 01/20/10
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beloved-failure ON
09:17 AM on 01/20/10
I'll buy you a raincoat
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The Dangerous Summer- Reach For The Sun

will be looked at as a classic someday...I think
09:18 AM on 01/20/10
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Album is so good. Definitely my favorite ETID release.
09:24 AM on 01/20/10
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Julia Conny's list was good, but seriously? every time i die??
09:25 AM on 01/20/10
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good writeup on ETID, even though i still think that the big dirty is better.

mewithoutYou - catch for us the foxes would be my "new classic" choice

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