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Panucci’s Pizza / Bonjour Machines / Personality Disorders / Important Things - 4 WAY SPLIT (A lot of places)
What It Sounds Like: A surprisingly consistent collection of twinkling DIY emo
Putting together a split of four bands is a daunting task, but writing for one must be even more intimidating. Each of these bands was given two tracks, or an average of nine minutes, to strut their stuff. Which act will reign supreme? Read more to find out.
Panucci’s Pizza (long live Futurama) kicks off this split with “I Killed Arbor Day for You.” This track pushes six minutes, running the entire gambit of hooky choruses, emotive one-liners, and acrobatic guitar lines. There is not a single doubt in my mind that this song will serve as Panucci’s Pizza’s opener at shows to come. There is a tangible honesty and desperation in Matt Diamond’s voice, which is inviting in its candor. “Dibs on the Bubble Slice” comes across initially as a Prawn influenced track. All familiarity is tossed aside about halfway through as Panucci’s Pizza dives into pounding snares and bright chords. After a brief stay in uncharted territory, everything returns to normal and Panucci’s Pizza steps offstage. An act that will be very hard to beat.
Bonjour Machines wastes no time with the limited of space they have: “Logan Reese” is a danceable track that very much encapsulates a DIY indie rock vibe. The final minute of the song is an unpredictable instrumental breakdown, which perfectly sets the stage for “Hometown Homerun.” The track is interesting to say the least, with an exotic sounding guitar, trumpet, and distorted bass. The squealing guitar solo is a strange addition to the split, giving the song a ‘classic rock’ vibe. A solid effort by the Tel Aviv natives, largely continuing in the style of their 2013 release Level Up!
Important Things, hailing from Norwich, represents the UK on this split. “Claremont” howls with trumpets and nostalgia: “Remember when we used to walk / along Claremont Pier / we could get it back again / if we tried.” There is a sense of urgency on these tracks that is absence on the rest of the songs. Daniel’s strong vocal soars across the track with every word. His voice is forceful, but smooth and calming. Important Things follows up with an acoustic rendition of “Shit Luck, Steve” which I have nominated as my favorite track on the split. It’s got handclaps, a bright acoustic guitar, and a wonderful living room atmosphere. “Shit Luck, Steve” is bouncy, and has all the makings of a mind-blowing live performance. Important Things really brought the heat all the way from across the pond on this split.
Personality Disorders rounds out the split, and boy is this an interesting one to talk about. “loveryrface” begins with static and a soft reverb-tinged guitar; it’s DIY bedroom at its finest. The production of the song stands out the most, as Personality Disorders experiments at lot with noise and stereo. There are random phases, tones, and squeals that sporadically alternate between the right and left. It is genuinely a painful experience at times, but it really forces a close ear (it probably hurts less over speakers than headphones). There is a moment of soothing subliminal transcendence at the end of “loveyrface,” however, with a tape looped guitar line. “istillthinkaboutyou” is a pretty heartbreaking track, beginning with the sounds of people at a party or other social gathering. The song has a lullaby melody over the static, which is accentuated by a wandering guitar line looped in reverse. Personality Disorders describes his music as “songs to fall asleep to;” a description that could not possibly be more fitting.
Cover to cover, side to side, groove to groove, this split is great. Check it out and throw down a couple bucks to snag it on cassette. These are four bands that have been and will continue to be making noise well into the future. Support them and enjoy sweet tunes from these mega-babes in the process.
Overall Rating: 7.9/10