In conjunction with the band’s announced return to the music scene (with even a new album in the offing), Bridges Worth Burning is now being reissued. It’s original pressing was unfortunately limited, so we’re doubly happy to see Kind of Like Spitting back on the scene. The album is packed with energy and reminiscent of At the Drive-In, Andrew Jackson Jihad and Meet Me in St. Louis.
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9/10 Robin Staff review, 05 March 2015
Welcome to the 2015 annual guild meeting for emo. Our first item on the agenda is to welcome our vice-presidents American Football back into the fold for some matinee shows that cost £20 apiece. Nice one guys. Leading on neatly from that, I'd like to remind everyone that putting houses on the front cover of your album is still totally awesome. Please, everyone do it. Always. Also: most of you don’t sound enough like Tim Kasher. That’s a problem; we haven’t had a new Cursive album in a few years and all the angry dudes who listen to our music are having trouble feeling sad about ex-girlfriends and the state of their university accommodation. Please work on that.
So yeah, if you could all be a little less like The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die -- who have the whole pretty-sounding post-rock side of emo covered -- and more like Kind of Like Spitting, that’d be great. These dudes know a thing or two about writing catchy-as-shit and emotionally fraught punk songs. Sometimes it’s not all about the twinkling riffs, you know. Those help, but maybe use them for outros? Sometimes it’s about a melody and reminiscing about once having had sex and feeling sad about the past. And no, it doesn’t count as emotional just because ten of you sung about it at the same time -- less gang harmonies, more solo vocals where all the vowels get whinged to their death. Raw basslines that you can hear loudly in the mix are nice too. Very homely.
No one’s running for president this year, which I understand. It really sucked that Joyce Manor embezzled all of our funds into temporary tattoo companies. If we could just get back to the riffage and the melodies and half-decent storytelling, I really think we could turn it all around. ‘Bridges Worth Burning’ has even got the whole org/folk thing going on with a few hearty acoustic strums and simply intimated songs about punk romances. It’s a nice juxtaposition; we need more juxtapositions. So here’s to you, Kind of Like Spitting: you’re the future. Shit, Ben Gibbard plays piano on your album? Next we’ll get Mark Kozelek doing string bends.
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