I’ve been waiting for this split for a long time, and the waiting has really paid off. 4 dynamic songs from 2 very different bands (sonically, at least). At first, it might seem like a weird combination, but after a few listens, the split totally makes sense. Splits are so much better when the bands don’t sound like carbon copies of each other, anyway. “Poison Ivy” is definitely the stand out track for me. Scratch your mind.

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It’s Saturday.

October 23, 2010

Pure genius. So angry.

This band came out of left field for me and ended up kicking me in the side of the head. I think I initially hesitated to listen due to the fact I thought their name was dumb. Oops. There’s a lesson to be learned here; and no, it isn’t “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” because it isn’t a cover, it’s a band name. The lesson is that life is full of regrettable decisions and life goes on.

So much solid material here in an all-too-short 14 minute package. Cattle Drums, for some reason, remind me of what Nada Surf could have sounded like if they decided to grow some bigger balls while writing their song “Popular.” The vocals are a combination of talking, singing, and shouting. The best description I can come up with is that Cattle Drums take Brainworms’ sound and sprinkle some extra twinkle top of the whole recipe, filling the void that Brainworms left in my heart when they broke up.

” Sluts and Coconuts” and “Two Pigeons” are the two shining moments on this brilliant ep. “Two Pigeons” has a rollicking country sound to it, enhanced by banjo plucking and gang sing-a-longs. Despite ambiguous lyrics, the chorus for “Sluts and Coconuts” sends shivers up and down my spine. You’ll see what I mean.

From what I can tell, these guys are part of that whole scene with Sirs and Zona Mexicana which seems to be really burgeoning right now. Everything coming out of there puts an awesome spin on the midwest emo sound. Check them out and order a copy of their EP with the money you have left over after buying your P. Diddy shrimping boat.

EDIT: Haha. I just found a punknews.org review for this that also mentions Nada Surf’s “Popular.” I swear I didn’t find that until after I wrote this. I’m glad the feeling is mutual though.

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