Oh Juliet! - A Southern Boy's Guide to Raising the Dead
Record Label: None
Release Date: July 10, 2007
"There must be something in that water that turns your complexion to the lovely shade of blue."
And so begins Lafayette, LA natives, Oh Juliet!'s, debut EP, A Southern Boy's Guide to Raising the Dead. Not exactly poetry, right? No, but that is part of what is so enjoyable about this EP; it's not poetry, it's good music. If you're into the post-hardcore genre in the vein of The Used, this stuff is like chocolate cake: Just because it's everywhere doesn't mean it stops being good.
The EP kicks off with "Breathe Dammit Breath," a good first song that does the job of pulling the listener in. A highlight of the EP comes in the next track, "All The Churches in New Orleans," a high-energy song that showcases influences from both Gatsbys American Dream and The Used. The true gem comes with the closing track, and last hurrah, "Hunting the Canyon Below Our House," a fantastic finale, complete with gang vocals that will have you chanting along, "We are, we are / we are lonely."
As a band, they are solid - the guitar work is clever, and well thought-out, while the bass and drums more than hold down the fort. The vocals, however, could use improvement; Cullen Bernard's voice, while not bad, is simply boring, almost sounding like a less charismatic Bert McCracken (The Used) or Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance).
A Southern Boy's Guide to Raising the Dead is a good EP; while it is nothing to rock the music world, or even the scene, it is a nice listen that will leave you satisfied. This is definitely worth a listen, as I, for one, cannot wait for a full-length to see what these southern boys can really do.