Monday, February 18, 2008

The Kidcrash – Jokes

The Kidcrash have come a long way since the release of their previous album New Ruins. They have abandoned the parts of their sound which were so predictable, namely the pop-punk and mid-west indie leanings, and have kept their math-rock tendencies. This turnaround is a welcome one. With guitar work clearly inspired by the now-defunct Hot Cross and also-defunct Norwegian hardcore innovators JR Ewing, not to mention the long-dead Saetia, The Kidcrash bear the torch of bands before them. They do so splendidly, blending largely instrumental and guitar driven post-punk with forceful vocals that truly capture the emotion of the band’s sound. A little noisy, a tad mathy, and a truckload of sincere, Jokes is a great listen from start to finish.


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