Short But Sweet, Polite And Respectful #27
Released only digitally, the new 2-song-EP by PSSGS from Darmstadt, Germany, is another masterpiece of modern emo punk. It’s the logical continuation of their progressive sound; the same sound we’ve heard on their outstanding selftitled debut for the first time back in 2014. In the meantime not much has changed, but the difference lies in the detail, as the songs seem to be a bit more reflective and painted. This becomes most clearly, when Mathias screams ‘I will (never) be going back home’ during the opening track called ‘A choir/A home’. Also noteworthy: for this release, PSSGS worked with Will Killingsworth who mastered the songs at Dead Air Studios.
“Watch myself talk and leave the process come to nothing, disappear.”
Todlowski is a recently founded twopiece, which arose from the ashes of jazzy screamo-project Lilith. The disbanding of the band was quite sad but it feels good to know that at least two guys of the former triumvirate will proceed. Soundwise you can definitely hear some slight parallels between both groups, even though the setting of Todlowski’s selftitled Extended Play is rougher, located closer to the origin of screamo. We highly recommend you to give them a listen.
„Da duckt sich dieser Goldfisch zu einer Qualle zusammen. Bläst seine Seele, seine eigene Substanz durch einen Schlund und bläst sich selbst ins Wesenlose.“
After two outstanding releases, this is the third publication of UK’s Crows-An-Wra. The spacy sound of the foursome always was progressive and differed from every other band I know – at least in this genre. With Kakotopia the band keeps departing from established screamo. And hell, I even don’t know if I like this gradual development of their style but you definitely have to notice, that this is another innovative step forward, leaving mainstream boredom far behind. Stagnation is regression.
“Monsters don’t lay under your bed but they dwell in your head and with the harsh realization that life will never be the same again. You turn to yourself for an answer but no reply will be heard.”
+ Not All My Friends Can Swim (video)
+ Adorno Records
Let us close this issue with another duo (w/ members of Thisismenotthinkingofyou and Child Actors). Somewhere between power –and emoviolence, the demo of Yuri lasts less than three minutes. After I played those five songs several times on repeat, I slowly recognized that this might be one of the wildest and most powerful tunes I’ve heard in a while. The English powerhouse from Derby/Leicester sounds angry and listening to their demo will make you feel and hear this every single second. Without getting a breath, Yuri will take you on a fast ride, while their sound is swinging at you and in the end you might feel a little agitated. The EP is available on tape via UK’s Adorno Records. Don’t fail to check them out.