True North (2) ‎– Somewhat Similar

No Idea Records ‎– NIR-156
CD, Album

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1 Hey, Let's Spend The Night Together
2 You J.O.J. Or F.O.B.?
3 Right Church, Wrong Pew
4 The Hot Hand
5 Let's Get Past That
6 Summer Lovin'
Piano [Tickles The Ivories] – Jon MarburgerVoice – Kim Helm
7 Single Fin Mentality
8 The Chair Sued The Chamber

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Recorded May 2003 - December 2003 at Goldentone Studios.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: 254641 01
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LN07

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#156 True North (2) Somewhat Similar(LP, Album, Blu) No Idea Records #156 US 2004 Sell This Version
NIR 156 True North (2) Somewhat Similar(LP, Album, W/Lbl, Pin) No Idea Records NIR 156 US 2004 Sell This Version
NIR-156 True North (2) Somewhat Similar(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) No Idea Records NIR-156 US 2004 Sell This Version



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August 23, 2014

Second album proper from Gainseville's revisionist hardcore outfit hailed by Maximum rock and roll as ``the future of hardcore'' builds upon 2003's `Put your nightlife where your mouth is' EP. If the title of that EP was a much needed swipe at all the trendy `punk' kinds down their local meat market dancing to Britney, Beyonce and lady Gaga while swigging Stella, then this is the rousing call to arms needed to bring the people out to the gigs. Whether it's the future of hardcore or not is up to you to decide. And maybe no-one cares if it is or isn't, anyway, judging by the myriad of other reviews for True North on Amazon.....
What I can tell you is that this band contains members of the superb `Twelve Hour Turn', also on No Idea, and also purveyors of some of the most gnarled up and beautiful emo-core this side of the Moss Icon timeline, which is high praise for anyone who has heard or seen, or even heard of these bands. This leaves the album with a dash of emo-inflected fragility flowering up from the brutally raw and chaotic sounding riffage, while the singing sounds angry as hell but still human, unlike most metal and hardcore bands whose singers often sound totally inhuman, and not always in a good way.
Their sound is just discordant enough to enable it to flow smoothly within the arrangements, as in the superbly-titled-near-instrumental, `Let's get past that', with it's incessant and rhythmically complex hooks. In fact, the middle section of the album is superb: `The hot hand' contains the line ``apathetic ####'s been done, and unempathetic ignorant prick has been done to death'', while `Summer Lovin'', with its initial been-done-before girl/boy vocal is underpinned by jittery post-rock excavations, which, in turn give way to the lush warm chords of the line ``let's separate the want from the lonely''. The song's arrangement spins ingeniously onwards from there, via some more, and this time, slightly more trad.(sic!), but still-inspired, male/female vocals. At 5.08 minutes it saves the best bits for later in the song; the longest of a white knuckle 28 minutes.
What I love about this band is that the songs are not stuck in a single tempo or emotional range like most harcore/emo stuff out there, particularly bands on the major labels. Fiery, resonant and intellectually robust to the last, this is a dynamically and musically superb effort, which is still unlikely to bother small-town record shops. Not that small towns have record shops anymore - but, hey, they did in 2004 when this was review was originally written, in a `zine' that you could actually hold, written back in the mists of time, when downloading was hardly even heard of. It seems that things have changed a lot in the last decade then? Maybe not, as this CD sits forlornly at 95p and nothing more(, as I write,) as no-one has heard of them; downloading has not helped us find the pioneers and the inspired, who are currently and massively outgunned by the name thieves and the pseudo.....the quantity is easily obtainable but the quality is all, well, somewhat similar....''