31 KNOTS
Talk Like Blood

HEADLIGHTS
The Enemies

[Polyvinyl Records, www.polyvinylrecords.com]


Four releases down the road, with a new record label behind them, Portland's 31 Knots are taking a bite into the melodic hardcore genre with a vengeance.
"Talk Like Blood" turns out to be a cleanly produced, though dirty sounding releases. Full of punches, drills and melodies thrown around, it feels like Washington DC scene that gave birth to greats like Fugazi and others is having a re-birth. I suppose for some bands the classic trio format [guitar, drums and bass] works well. Stylistically, the band is now close to a real power-rock-punk aesthetic. This is a field vocalist [and guitarist] Joe Haege feels comfortable in as his vocals reach new heights. Sure, he sounds pissed but this is not just reckless fury. When the time comes, this guy knows when and how to hold back. Rhythm section made up of bassist Jay Winebrenner and Jay Pellicci on drums rocks out in a big way. In fact, I find the drums and bass to be mixed on par with guitars, which gives the whole record that Steve Albini feel. Feels like the birth of another revolution or just a bunch of punks pissed off at the world. Who cares! Hordes of disgruntled kids will eat this up before you can say "life's not fair"!

Illinois based Headlights began a career with a simple premise - they wanted to sound like themselves. Sure, their 4 track debut EP "The Enemies" displays a mode of near imitation [My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive come to mind] but there's a lot more to it than just that. Vocalists [and guitarist] Tristan Wraight and Erin Fein [who also plays keyboards] get into these lovely sing-alongs that are simply infectious. On "Centuries", the duo is actually singing "we all die someday" - a very infectious melody ensues. "Everybody Needs a Fence to Lean On" features a heavenly vocal from Erin. It's so fragile that it just threatens to fall apart, which is when the power is turned to ten, the band rocks out and all is forgiven. This is what I love about this band the most - they change directions and shift their musical paradigm often, which is what keeps things interesting in the long run. While far from defining their musical vision for the future, "The Enemies" is a good [albeit a brief] first step.

- Tom Sekowski


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+ Anthony Rother - This Is Electro. Works 1997-2005
+ randomNumber - Golden Acre Sleeps
+ Radiq - Tomorrow`s Quest
+ Prima Materia - The Tail of the Tiger
+ Mouloud - Mr King And The Sonic Destructor
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+ Bokaj Retsiem - Psychedelic Underground
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+ Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice - Buck Dharma
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+ Wade Matthews - Absent Friends
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+ Best Of Exun - Vol. 1: 1999 - 2005
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+ Camping 2
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+ Territory Band-4 - Company Switch
+ Dub Tractor - Hideout
+ Ragis - Baltijos Karas
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+ OREN AMBARCHI & ROBBIE AVENAIM - Clockwork - Live Recording 21.4.99
+ GERMLIN - Youth Pixxel
+ DAVENPORT - Free Country
+ FRED FRITH / STEVIE WISHART / CARLA KIHLSTEDT - The Compass, Log, and Lead
>> 31 KNOTS - Talk Like Blood / HEADLIGHTS - The Enemies
+ AVAILABLE JELLY - Bilbao Song
+ TOD DOCKSTADER - Aerial #2
+ XIU XIU - Life and Live
+ HALF-HANDED CLOUD - Halos & Lassos / LIZ JANES - Liz Janes & Create(!)
+ HISATO HIGUCHI - 2004 11 2005 4 / She
+ DINOSAUR - Dinosaur Jr. / DINOSAUR JR. - You're Living All Over Me / Bug
+ SASCHA NEUDECK - Schattenwind / NACHTSTROM - Flush
+ MARGO - Furtives Furies
+ IBRAHIM FERRER - Ay, Candela / RUBEN GONZALEZ - Momentos
+ KEVIN AYERS - The BBC Sessions 1970 - 1976
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Le World.Reggae II
+ STEVE LANTNER TRIO - Blue Yonder / NATURAL HISTORY - Fur
+ ZION TRAIN - Natural Wonders of the World in Dub
+ O - Numero 0 / THE TELESCOPES - #4
+ sunnO))) - Black One / OREN AMBARCHI - Triste
+ ZE EDUARDO / JACK WALRATH QUARTET - Bad Guys / MICHAEL ATTIAS - Credo / JOE FIEDLER TRIO - Plays the Music of Albert Mangelsdorff / BERNARDO SASSETTI TRIO 2 - Ascent

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+ TOP 7 - 2005