, Dikembe plays
angular and melodic post hardcore with a hint of indie rock--imagine if Hot
Water Music and Archers of Loaf had a kid. The record opens softly with
"Nothing.Stuff" before kicking things into gear with "Apologize
Not Fucking Accepted." "I Watch A Lot of Jackie Chan
Movies" begins with a simple riff while "I Just Don't Understand
What All These Kids Dig About Him" moves along with a mid-tempo
assuredness. Next up is the near ballad "Not Today, Angel"
followed by another near ballad in "Librarians Kill for that Kind of
Quiet." "That's How What Works" is another mid-tempo
number, while the "I'm Gonna Deck Your Halls, Bub!" kicks
up the speed beginning the end. The record closes out with "Sorry I
Can't Stick Around" another upbeat number. Gainesville, FL
Dikembe is a very capable band and Broad Shoulders is a very well executed album. In a sub-genre that is starting to get a tad crowded, Dikembe stands out by slowing things down. Sometimes punk bands have a tendency to always play fast songs, and while I love me some fast tunes, it's nice to see a band that is not afraid to not travel at break-neck speeds.