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All People

All People

Self Titled

Community Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

A mere year after their prior effort, All People return for a third dose of their off kilter, emotionally unfiltered showmanship.  The melodically driven, pseudo-spoken word style that last distinguished the New Orleans four-piece on Learn Forget Repeat continues to serve as an unmistakable fencepost for their self-titled LP.  But this time around the band pumps the brakes, pulling back the tempo and placing their sights squarely on continuity for their latest nine-song album.  All People feel more contained and calculated than in past efforts; in some ways feeling less adventurous and spontaneous in the process.

When a band reduces their pace, they better have some commendable substance to fall back on, and some exciting ideas in lieu of an energizing tempo.  In this regard, All People start their self titled-full length on shaky ground, but eventually appeal to the listener upon unravelling their larger framework.  “Slow” opens the disc with a familiar vocal waiver amidst the pervasive hum of distorted riffs and occasional soundboard keys.  Around the halfway mark the vocal inflection jumps to communicate an elevated emotional state, offering a glimpse of the instability characteristic of All People’s past works.  Follow-up “Plain Essential Language” gets a little indie-esque with humming synth, dream-pop keyboard notes, and a meandering momentum.  The album starts cautiously, leaving open the question of where the band will head next.

Not until the somewhat ominous atmosphere and vocal emboldening of “Naught” does the slow moving approach really thematically cement itself as the dominant direction.  In doing so though, All People thrust fans into a stylistic reorientation, all the while abandoning some of their most endearing characteristics.  In other words, the departure may be too radical.  For instance, “Fearful/Sick” expertly straddles a middle ground that would have been far more effective of a transition statement well in advance of its mid-album placement.  Instead, the first few songs mosey along, keeping the listener waiting for a hint of familiarity that never surfaces.  The album concludes drifting sleepily on the clouds of “Of You” and jangly indie art-house instrumental jazz of “New Rain.”  Again, both tracks are adequately composed, but tend to lose themselves in their own artful ambitions.  Put less kindly, they’re a little boring.

All People’s self titled effort is not what you’d expect given the band given the band’s historical output.  While there’s nothing wrong with ambition and differentiation, All People don’t offer particularly compelling evidence that they had a firm handle of this deviation before they chose to veer off course.  As it stands, the album is an interesting idea with modest execution, but fails to live up to high bar set by Learn Forget Repeat.  The quirkiness remains in tact, but the band seems to have stumbled when applying a slower tempo and darker setting.

Video: All People – Slow

All PeopleLouisiana post punks All People has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Slow” from the band’s self-titled album. The disc is out now via Community Records.

Watch the video below.

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All People Stream Self Titled LP

All PeopleLouisiana post punks All People is streaming their new single “Fearful / Sick.”  The song from the band’s upcoming self-titled album. The disc is due out on May 20, 2016 via Community Records.

Listen to the track here.

All People – Fearful / Sick

All PeopleNew Orleans’ post punks All People is streaming their self-titled album, due out May 20, 2016 via Community Records.

Listen to the album here courtesy IMPOSE.

All People

All People

Learn Forget Repeat

Asian Man Records / Community Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

As humans we have an innate desire to classify the world around us.  Shapes are defined by vertices, weather by temperature and humidity, people by race, and the list goes on.  When it comes to music, we attempt to pigeonhole sounds based on similar tempos, beats and instruments into genres.  But music is an art, and a subjective one at that.  Musicians that embrace such ideas challenge what we know about conventional classification, encouraging listeners to remove their empirical lenses and embrace the creative expressions in front of them.

Punk, indie, and just about anything with a “post” prefix occupies the spiritual place of “miscellaneous” – an outsider attitude that unifies otherwise disparate bands like Andrew Jackson Jihad, Trophy Scars, Hotel Of The Laughing Tree, Elliot Brood and countless others.  The aptly named and emerging up and coming indie-punk act All People falls squarely in the same boat.  For their sophomore effort, Learn Forget Repeat, the New Orleans four-piece has a limb in as many alt-leaning genres as they can.  

All People break the album up into a handful of distinct segments, so any token listen is hardly enough to just to conclusions – the most holistic representation best comes to life as the track listing unfolds. 

When “Consume” opens listeners wouldn’t be wrong to lump All People in with typical Asian Man Records style punk rock. The beat is straight up and progresses quickly, lightly peppered by a soft dose of catchy keyboard notes of varying origin. “Unfinished Book” continues to make a catchy statement in part thanks to experimentally distorted guitar tones with plenty of feedback and pedal work to make them more than a mere curiosity. By the time “Mind” follows up, the primary vocals define themselves as intriguingly off key – at least until the realization that they aren’t really being sung. In fact, early on the vocals feel a little like Big D & the Kids Table’ David McWane – akin to talking melodically.

While the description might seem a tad off-putting, the application in songs like “Devil” should make naysayers reconsider. The almost hypnotic, chant-like lyrical spiral, “devil will take hold of your heart, if you don’t stay sharp,” presents something of an off kilter trip into the far reaches of your subconscious. “Doubt” represents All People’s next big sonic departure in its vocally diverse, gritty and chaotic. “Don’t let the thoughts build a nest, or you will not get rest,” plants the band amidst toughening guitars and stretches of quivering organ notes. In fact, it wouldn’t feel out of place if the band hired a homeless, self-proclaimed prophet to hold a cardboard sign stating that “the end is nigh” during one of their live shows.

Just as they enter their newfound roughness, the album once again transforms into a very clear, crisp variant. A mid-tempo sensibility takes hold in “Conversations” and “Alienate” as it establishes a more substantive, full melodic sound. Eventually, a big chorus of layered, sing-along gang vocals gives way to an indie-esque bridge and accompanying twinkly finale. This is All People at their most accessible.  Then the disc suddenly shifts to a casual instrumental jazz tone, complete with roving bass groove a track later with “LITWOP.”

As the album enters the final leg, an almost cinematic element takes hold. Amidst a roughneck guitar backdrop, “Disfunction” directs attention to the singular, climactic statement that “The greatest achievement of humanity is not its works of art, science, or technology… the greatest thing human kind could ever hope to achieve is the recognition of our own dysfunction.” Once “Love” further explores modern chaos, “L’eternal Printemps” takes something of a mellow, operatic turn with skyward reaching aspirations and a suitably diverse sonic palette. The atmosphere sets up for a big spoken word exit that can only be described as a poetry reading about global unity.  The simplicity and pathos of the effort alone makes for a very effective and sobering conclusion.

All People represents the type of band that requires close and thorough listening to be fully understood.  Different segments of Learn Forget Repeat cannot be mistaken for one another, and could even be confused for entirely different bands.  Yet the whole effort bares All People’s unmistakably ambitious and far reaching mark.  While Learn Forget Repeat might not be for everybody (in particular segments of those David McWane-style vocals), All People certainly have potential to connect with an audience amongst those looking to challenge the status quo. 

All People Announce New Album, US Tour

All PeopleLouisiana post punks All People have announced that their sophomore full length Learn Forget Repeat is due for release digitally and on vinyl on May 5th via Community Records, in partnership with Asian Man Records. There will also be a limited cassette release via Broken World Media.

Ahead of the release the band premiered Doubt via Absolute Punk, and you can check out their upcoming tour dates below.

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