steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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Bird Gets The Smile

Self-titled CDEP

Reason Y

Genres: indie rock, emo rock

Reason Y
PO Box 145171
Coral Gables FL

June 21 - 27 2004

Bird Gets The Smile are responsible for the first single-band release on Reason Y, and thus are probably host to a whole series of expectations.  Melding elements of Jawbox, Braid, and The Promise Ring, BGTS combines hardcore mentality with sincere pop melodies and emotional lyrics.

This EP strikes with a bang to start things off; "Far Away" attacks the listener with aggressive guitar riffs and emo lyrics - the melody should be a bit more obvious, however.  "Sure To Be" follows in a similar vein, relying on loud guitars and angsty, yelled vocals - its sheer urgency makes up for a lack of hooks, which is less of a problem in this song than in "Far Away."  The aggressive "Wishfull" also goes for the abrasive, energetic approach (a nice dose of guitar feedback is thrown in to make things grittier.)  "The Next Crime," meanwhile, is the EP's exception - it is a loose, relaxed indie rock tune.

All in all, this EP is a mixed bag.  In just four songs Bird Gets The Smile runs the gamut from emo rock to post-hardcore to calm indie rock.  Not all of it is great, but they sure do have their inspired moments.  I'm looking forward to listening to the debut album.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 4 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2002]