I passed on making it out to see The First Step at Beat Kitchen the day after the last Repos show and decided I’d just run through whatever it was that I got a hold of Friday and Saturday. Click photo of you choose to make big.
The Repos – “Ending On a Positive Note”
The last record that The Repos recorded before breaking up this past weekend is them playing nothing but, believe it or not, Youth Of Today’s “We’re Not In This Alone” all the way through. This record is so good that I can’t wait for the arguments to start over which record is better.
Sure the original is pretty unfuckwithable, but at the same time, the fact that The Repos had the balls to cover the whole fucking thing and do it well adds a different feel to every one of these songs. It breathes breath after barbarous breath into songs I’ve already heard tons of times, but now want to listen to all over again. I can’t imagine these savages practicing forever to get every note perfect on this record, and you can tell they didn’t. These guys made an already awesome record their own in the best way they could. Well, save for the fact that the drums don’t sound so hot, even for a hardcore record. This is more than made up for by the drum track being played backwards on the last song. Such a genius idea. I hate to not give credit where it’s due, but I wouldn’t be surprised if these weirdos had X number of records in their own individual collections that had some similar sonic tomfoolery on it. No matter how you look at it, it’s still an awesome idea to steal. Other nonsense: the record plays at 45 rpm and has no track listing or credits of any kind. Every page in the book that comes with this LP is more of the same of what you see above. I’ve also heard that some LPs didn’t come with inserts. Harsh.
It’s just too bad The Repos didn’t decide release their own version of Youth Of Today’s unintentionally hilarious video for “No More” along with the record! This is easily the best record I’ve bought in ages though I can’t escape the irony that none of the songs on it are originals. Bottom line: this is vastly superior to Youth Of Today doing reunion shows because you can tell that The Repos are playing these songs for fun and not to cash in something they did two decades ago. The intensity of either experience is inarguably on par with one another.
Much to my surprise, whoever designed and silkscreened this one sided record did a pretty good job. I’ve seen this done a few times before, but this is probably the highest quality screening I’ve ever seen on a record. I don’t know how or why these dudes and/or the label that put this out ended up pressing the playable area of the record at 8″, but it adds to overall bizarre appeal of the release itself.
As far as the aural innards of this record are concerned, I’d say that they end up sounding like they’ve been mastered poorly, or just flat out wrong. The whole thing is too bassy and quiet. I can understand jumping to the conclusion that more bass equals a thicker sound, but why and how did it end up being so quiet? Sure I can just turn up my stereo but… Musically it’s just what I was expecting: Cookie Monster singing over fast parts and sludge parts. The lyrics are also what I was expecting though it was funny to hear a guy that I know personally to be genuinely frustrated and angry but always physically nonviolent sing about smashing heads into walls and killing people; a situation which is possible, though highly unlikely.
The Life Trap 7″ however sounds fine musically and lyrically, but doesn’t arouse my senses as much as the WN record. This is perfect for being blasted daily at any given skate park the world over but it’s not anything I haven’t heard before. I’m definitely into the cover though. So much so that I, in person, told the guy who designed it (who also does vocals) how much I liked it.
The Weekend Nachos summer tour journal in MM is pretty awesome/unbelievable, but why did it take so long to get written and printed? The Repos interview in Herpes is solid and highly recommended. The editor of Mindless Mutant had made a comment in passing to the editor of Herpes saying that The Repos sound like what Youth of Today would sound like if they were serial killers. To capitalize on this comment, The Repos interview is not accompanied by photos of the band, but by classic YOT photos with famous serial murderers’ heads pasted over the faces of Cappo and the rest of the now infamous clean cut virtuosos! Such an awesome idea. Both also contain reviews, interviews and their own fun, individual and interesting take on hardcore. I really can’t recommend one over the over and I wish more ‘zines were like this.
Posters for both shows
Last but not least I want to say that I sincerely hope that after seeing these posters that more people are prompted to make proper posters for shows more often and not just weak “e-flyers” to put on people’s MySpace profiles. It’s also mind boggling that it took this long for me to see Caravaggio’s “Judith Beheading Holofernes” used as a flyer for a show.