Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Post-Hardcore and What I'm listening to today.

A friend of mine got me interested in a band from Canada. I had heard a few songs on the radio but never really knew what to make of these guys.

AlexisonFire is definitely one of the best post-hardcore band I've heard in a long time.

But PJ, aren't they just a screamo band?

No, dear reader. There is a difference. Let's take a look at some of the issues:

  • Screamo bands generally sing about relationships and such - AlexisonFire, not as much

  • Hardcore bands often had a screaming lead singer but in a way that was distinguishable from metal groups - think Earth Crisis or Gorilla Biscuits - AlexisonFire has their screamer, but also a singer who comes off as a normal style, and a third singer who has more of a raspy Social Distortion sounding voice.

  • Screamo often has a certain pop sensibility and a lower technical grade - AlexisonFire has several complex riffs and different percussive styling

That's just a few things to compare/contrast. Another reason to look into the band is their videos are awesome. Some are thought provoking, but the video for Waterwings is just funny.

So feel free to check it out and let me know what you think. All opinions are welcome, as always. You need not agree with me, but say something.


Jameel said...

I love high energy music (although more intelligible lyrics might alter my perception)

P.J. said...

When I looked them up, they actually were pretty good, lyrically. I think I am beginning to understand them. Gives the song a different perspective.