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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

OUTCLASSED

BandOUTCLASSED
GenresPunk / Rock / Screamo / Hardcore / Thrash / Metal
Related artistsEdhochuli.
Country: Slippery Rock/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
Years Active2003-2008
Song: "Do You Always Talk Like You Have Caviar In Your Mouth?"
Album: "My Friend, My Brother, We Were So Strong Together"
Year: 2007
Label(s): Forcefield / A Time And Place Records
This post's artist is from the January 2014 Mix. This is track #7.
You can download: the February Mix#12 right here or get the new March 2015 Mix#1 here.
For fans ofKill Sadie, Edhochuli, Since By Man, These Arms Are Snakes, Dawn Treader, Logs, Kidcrash, Life In Vacuum and Hot Cross aka PROPER SCREAMO.

Mixing punk, screamo, hardcore, stadium rock and thrash, Edhochuli's previous incarnation sounded a heck of a lot like their current band, but you are unlikely to find anyone complaining. OUTCLASSED ran the punk/hardcore scene in the mid-late 2000s and it's not hard to see why. Besides being awesome dudes (Garrett, Jon and Dave went on to for Edhochuli whom I interviewed here), simply put, are fucking geniuses. Although they do sound like Edhochuli and I've listed a fair amount of bands, Edhochuli and OUTCLASSED both are in a league of their own and easily distinguishable from the other, mainly screamo, bands that I've named.

Pairing ridiculous mathy instrumentals with screamed/yelled vocals and extremely socially conscious lyrics the EP 'My Friend, My Brother, We Were So Strong Together' is a 16-minute goddamn masterpiece. Songs such as "Do You Always Talk Like You Have Caviar In Your Mouth?" scream frustration with lyrics like, "But so we proceed and there are wounds where rivers once flowed and trees are cut down by this monuments protest. Please save us. Give me the icing off our cake. Escape the traditions of our histories. There will be no more books to read. No more screaming anthems" and incorporate some sick riffs and great dual vocals.

"It's Not Sharing If You Throw It In The River" and "Too Many Men With Land In Their Heads" also bust out more jazzy, catchy and melodic hardcore with strong hints at Thin Lizzy, Kill Sadie and Since By Man, and further environmental lyrical content that tickles me in all the right places, "if we learned anything from history is that we don't know anything! We're running red lights asleep at the wheel. So trace the seascape, can you feel its sense of promise? We're running red lights asleep at the wheel." The song "It's Not Sharing..." also boasts some really dancy bass parts that bleed through the rest of the album as well as the lyrics previously quoted. "Too Many Men..." runs congruently with Since By Man if they dropped the chuggy breakdowns and sass and replaced them with mathier, playful Kill Sadie and Hot Cross-esque noodling.

The remaining two songs on the EP are "Your Werewolf Tattoo Would Look Better If You Took Your Shirt Off" and "Friendship Is The Strongest Muscle" close out the five tracks and are also amazing songs. There's seriously not one snoozer on here, which is one of the main reasons why part of me is dead inside as I have been unable to procure OUTCLASSED's final release from 2009 titled 'This Could Be Coincidence, But I Swear I Saw the Street Lights Dance'. Actually, I just purchased a copy on discogs.com, so maybe it'll show up at my house in the next few weeks and I can post it - or maybe they just won't send it, which tends to happen a lot on that website. Regardless, check these guys out because they were amazing. If you dig them then you will definitely be all over Edhochuli.

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DISCOGRAPHY

???? - A Voice Like Rhetoric split 7"

2007 - My Friend, My Brother, We Were So Strong Together EP (download here)

2009 - This Could Be Coincidence, But I Swear I Saw the Street Lights Dance 12"+cdEP (if you have these files please post them!)

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(2007) OUTCLASSED - "Do You Always Talk Like You Have Caviar In Your Mouth?" (from 'My Friend, My Brother, We Were So Strong Together')

(2007) OUTCLASSED - "It's Not Sharing if you Throw it in the River" (from 'My Friend, My Brother, We Were So Strong Together')

(2007) OUTCLASSED - "Too Many Men With Land in their Heads" (from 'My Friend, My Brother, We Were So Strong Together')

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OUTCLASSED out of print mp3 'My Friend, My Brother, We Were So Strong Together' EP download / additional links

(download here)

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