Sunday, March 18, 2012

Album Review: Athaletics


Title:  Athaletics (BandCamp)
Artist:  Wavelets (Facebook, Blog, BandCamp, MySpace, Last.fm)

Wavelets is an emo band from Gainesville, FL.  Their latest album, Athaletics, is the band’s first release for Tiny Engines Records.  The songs have that off-kilter feel present in later Fugazi records and in bands like At the Drive-In and Jawbox; in fact the two things that actually came to mind right off the bat when listening to Athaletics was that the music reminded me of Sunny Day Real Estate and that the vocals were a bit loud in the mix.  That having been said, Wavelets is obviously a very capable band; the performances on Athaletics are top notch. 

At some point in late ‘90s and early ‘00s, emo fractured and went into a couple of different directions.  First were the bands that mixed pop punk with emo like Jimmy Eat World, The Promise Ring, and Alkaline Trio (and a lot of band’s that worshiped Jawbreaker).  This is the branch that made emo a household word.  Then there were the bands that kept the music fractured with breaks and changes that were far from poppy like At the Drive-In and Fugazi (at least the band’s last album).  Then there was the branch that just continued to play straight-up post hardcore, like Hot Water Music.  Wavelets is a band that seems to fall in that middle group.  Admittedly this is the type emo that I know the least about.  Yes I’ve loved Fugazi for years but couldn’t get into their last couple of records and I interviewed At the Drive-In before they got a buzz but never got into their music either.  So my point of reference for this review is limited, but it is obvious that Wavelets are a very good and passionate band. 

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