Chuck Schuldiner Project

Monday, November 12, 2018

itoldyouiwouldeatyou - Oh Dearism

As regular readers know I occasionally take a break from your regularly scheduled death, doom and decay on this blog in order to focus on other types of music that make me smile, usually on the heavier side of things. Such is the case with the indie-punk group itoldyouiwouldeatyou and their upcoming release, the masterful Oh Dearism. This record is an amazing fusion of 90s American Football and Cap'n Jazz inspired emo with pop punk and all sorts of interesting experimental and alternative fringes.

This is a record that fascinates because while it certainly does not shy away from the touches of acts like Owen, or perhaps their contemporaries in The Front Bottom, it also is undeniably weird and shows that these guys have brought in a rich set of influences to match it. I would not be surprised if, for example, these guys were listening to Merzbow in their spare time. The music is multilayered and full of all sorts of art school wizardry but also stripped down enough that it would make sense in a college basement. That's a really fucking hard balance to strike and itoldyouiwouldeatyou manage to pull it off with aplomb.

These English kids have created a record full of contradiction and chock full of interesting ideas. This is a band who operate on what is truly another level and who seem to revel in the exciting breadth of what they have created. itoldyouiwouldeatyou are happy to play by their own rules and paint pictures of a forgotten and broken youth. They are doing their best to make it through though and despite the despair and nihilism some songs might communicate one gets a sense that things will get better, as they tell us, "I’ll protect you my love, just don’t run. I’ll protect you my love."

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