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Big Awesome Full Album Stream

big awesomeBluffton, SC’s Big Awesome has premiered a full stream of their upcoming Jetsam-Flotsam debut, Party On, due out August 7, 2015.

Listen to the song here on Substream Magazine.

The band’s 2012 EP, Birdfeeder, can still be downloaded or streamed over on Bandcamp.

Big Awesome – Wolf

big awesomeBluffton, SC’s Big Awesome has premiered a new song. The track is titled “Wolf” and is set to appear on their upcoming  Jetsam-Flotsam debut, Party On, due out August 7, 2015.

Listen to the song here courtesy Stereogum.

The band’s 2012 EP, Birdfeeder, can still be downloaded or streamed over on Bandcamp.

Big Awesome – Pay Attention

big awesomeBluffton, SC’s Big Awesome has premiered a new song. The track is titled “Pay Attention” and is set to appear on their upcoming  Jetsam-Flotsam debut, Party On, due out this Summer.

Listen to the song here courtesy Modern Vinyl.

The band’s 2012 EP, Birdfeeder, can still be downloaded or streamed over on Bandcamp.

Video: Living Room – Moonchaser

LivingRoomBrooklyn, New York’s Living Room has premiered a new music video.  The video features title track from their recent full length,  Moonchaser, released back in 2014 via new record label Jetsam-Flotsam.

Listen to the full disc below.

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Big Awesome – “What Grows Up Must Get Down”

big awesomeBluffton, SC’s Big Awesome has premiered a new song. The track is titled “What Grows Up Must Get Down” and is set to appear on their upcoming  Jetsam-Flotsam debut, Party On, due out later this Spring.

Listen to the song here courtesy Brooklyn Vegan.

The band’s 2012 EP, Birdfeeder, can still be downloaded or streamed over on Bandcamp.

Jetsam-Flotsam Signs Big Awesome

big awesomeBluffton, SC’s Big Awesome has announced that hey have signed on with Jetsam-Flotsam.  The label will release Party On, the long-awaited debut LP from Bluffton, SC’s Big Awesome next Spring.

The band’s 2012 EP, Birdfeeder, can still be downloaded or streamed over on Bandcamp.

Living Room

Living Room

Moonchaser

Jetsam-Flotsam
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Rating: 1.5/5

 
 

 

 

I can safely say that since embarking on this music hobby I have vastly broadened my musical horizons.  From starting at a place of safety and comfort – favouring predictable song structures and traditional compositions – I’ve grown to appreciate the excitement and suspense of less conventional offerings.  But as I’ve also learned, simply doing things differently doesn’t necessarily equate with doing them “better.”  Countless bands try their hands at reinventing the wheel each year.  For every Sad & French there’s five more iterations of Bloom or Two Knights.

That’s where self proclaimed Brooklyn “dreamo” act Living Room comes in.  A band that obviously enjoys throwing convention to the wind, they combine elements of math rock, La Dispute-style screamo, and fluttery Topshelf Records inspired chords.  Upon first glance the experiment seems new and enticing, but upon further inspection of the Brooklyn four-piece’s full-length debut, Moonchaser, comes across as a frustrating and jumbled concoction.

Taking inspiration from the early 00’s emo scene, when everyone wanted to be like Buddy Neilson and Senses Fail, the band plays a whiny, grating brand of emo with far too many frayed edges to foster enjoyment.  Vocalist Scott Fitzpatrick offers up a crude, chronically out of tune series of yelps and drawn-out screams that sound like the bastard child of a one night stand between The Menzingers and a hybrid of Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) and My Iron Lung.  “American Levitation” and “Casual Science” actually open the disc up on a stomachable combination of all of the above, but once the band starts letting loose with “The Physics Of Intention” his voice begins to fray in all the wrong directions.  When reaching for highs in “Aura Camera,” Fitzpatrick hits the ceiling early and indiscriminately splatters his vocal chords all over the track.  He hardly fares much better in the early sonic lull of “Out Of Love.”  Indulgent passages like “you let me stay in your bed / we kept our clothes on like last time,” tug at listeners like an annoying pubescent boy fantasizing about the opposite sex.  The songs remain very consistent across the disc, leaving listeners with little refuge from Fitzpatrick’s cracking whines.

Instrumentally, Moonchaser feels far removed from Fitzpatrick’s high strung personality.  Full of twinkling crescendos and heavily calculated patterns brimming with guitar overlay, the band sounds as if they should be playing to an entirely different end.  Notes leading songs like “Feet Of Snow” and “Magnetic Service” land with expert precision as they spike and fall like an economist’s line-graph.  Yet, even their obvious ability doesn’t prevent the guitars from coming across robotically.  The math rock inspiration makes for a very angular listen, but it’s as if the quartet entered the studio for a marathon jam session and forgot to include the vocalist in the master plan (a curious statement considering that the band prides themselves on collaborative musicianship).  For all of Fitzpatrick’s overbearing emotions, most of the music feels cold and distant.  

Moonchaser makes Living Room out to be a talented group of musicians that slipped up when putting it all together.  Math rock bands like to get down to the minutia and technicalities, and in this regard Living Room certainly delivers, but audiences will be left scratching their head when looking for a bigger picture.  Perhaps that was the intent behind Fitzpatrick’s over the top delivery, but rather than draw listeners in, his brash outbursts stand to drive them further away.  Even listeners with open minds will likely shut their ears to this one.

Living Room Full Album Stream

LivingRoomBrooklyn, New York’s Living Room has launched a stream of their new album, Moonchaser, due out August 19, 2014 via new record label Jetsam-Flotsam.

Listen to the full disc here.

Living Room – Crystalline

LivingRoomBrooklyn, New York’s Living Room has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Crystalline” and is set to appear on their upcoming new album, Moonchaser, due out August 19, 2014 via new record label Jetsam-Flotsam.

Listen to the track here courtesy Brooklyn Vegan.

The album will follow the band’s 2012 debut EP, Dream Journal, which is available for free download on Bandcamp.

Among Giants EP Stream

Among GiantsOrlando, Florida’s Among Giants has launched a full stream of their upcoming EP the weekend before release.  The band’s new 7″ vinyl record is titled Back And Forth and is set to be released on April 22, 2014 via Jetsam-Flotsam and marks the label’s debut release.

Listen to the full disc here courtesy Modern Vinyl.