November 26, 2009

Bare Arms - Bare Arms EP

Why hello everyone. Today I'll be posting this EP by a very obscure (hopefully this will change soon), yet very awesome band who just got back from playing with La Quiete (as well as La Dispute a while further back, two other great bands). They are a four-piece screamo outfit from Australia with quite a unique sound. The EP features that typical screamo sound; fast tempo-shifting, harmonized guitars, slow build-ups, etc. But at times you can hear what sounds like post-hardcore influences and the fact that their vocalist is female (which is pretty unusual) gives them a fresh sound. Something very notable however, is the production. Usually these underground emo/screamo bands releases are very lo-fi as most insist on recording them accordingly to the classic hardcore DIY-ethic, which for some reason seems to be equivalent to using low-grade recording gear. Bare Arms, however, had access to (according to one of the bandmates) to a recording room in a rehearsal studio along with a recording engineer (this I am not entirely sure of). So anyway, if you're a fan of emo, screamo or post-hardcore, I strongly recommend you check this out (personally I really like the fact that they have a female vocalist). Even if you haven't listened to this kind of stuff before, give it a listen. It's a really great release.

Also, If you like it, I'm pretty sure there are some download links to a few live bootlegs on their MySpace-page.

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