Thursday, September 17, 2009

Short Bus Pile Up - Promo 2009

SBPU are, as of this review, signed to the mighty Sevared Records which means that they don't even need our fucking help at all! But, we'll do them a favor (a late one, however) and review this actually quite strong promo.

Short Bus Pile Up may have a dumb name (which they should change, but whatever), but they began as goofy cybergrind that didn't take itself seriously and, indeed, they even claimed it as a joke project. It seems that some time in 2008 they started to become more serious and changed style to slam, which they continue with on this release.

"Gagging on Dick", the very lovely first track, begins with a lame sample and launches into surprisingly chunky, meaty slamming riffs with one of the fucking best snare sounds in slam that I've heard recently. It's up-front, pingy, reverbed and just generally awesome. It makes the slams (which are written quite well and structured equally tactfully) that much more satisfying. Track 2, "Fecal Matters" features more discernible vocals (though they're still basically incomprehensible) and a really great bass-bomb-to-slam section in the middle after a lame sample (stop doing this!!). I had my own doubts about this promo, to be honest, but they have been allayed quite well by the material here. The best titled track here has one of the best sections, this being the third one, "FUBAR (Felt Up By A Retard)" which has a stop-start-ish riff which reminds of general modern death metal and a rapid-fire vocal delivery slam which rolls the song forward into a recapitulation of the previous section with a minor change-up. The songwriting is kind of unfocused here but the sections written in are often of very high quality and thus I can't really fault them too much.

This promo is 5 songs in under ten minutes, which I find to be a length I like to consider "problematic". Since I mentioned previously that I think their songwriting is shoddy, I have to quickly make an aside to what I feel my greatest point of contention is here; undeveloped slams and underdeveloped songs in general. The band writes better slam than, say, Dysentery or Sexcrement, but, while their slam sections are powerful and kickass and their general creativity is very much alive and well, they don't seem to know how to keep a song going at the same powerful level. I wish these guys would strive to write longer, more developed songs in their same style. That's about my only problem here. Otherwise, great little promo and I look forward to the new one Barrett puts out.

Oh, and if you guys change the snare tone I'll be really angry with you.

That is all.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

"The band writes better slam than, say, Dysentery or Sexcrement, but, while their slam sections are powerful and kickass and their general creativity is very much alive and well, they don't seem to know how to keep a song going at the same powerful level"

How many commas were you hoping for?

Anonymous said...

Why are you always beating up on Dysentery? Their last CD was a quality listen and the split with Gutrot was a monster!

Andy Phelps said...

1st Anon: as many as would properly serve the amount of clauses I fit into the sentence, so about that many I guess? If you don't like reading the blog, I implore you to leave!

2nd Anon: because, being from Massachusetts, I am consistently annoyed at the lameness of our local slam. Nick is also from MA and feels a similar way most of the time. We don't hate the guys in Dysentery or anything. I've met Blue and reviewed the Parasitic Extirpation demo and gave what I felt was a good amount of fair, constructive criticism...the thing is, though, that Dysentery just doesn't know how to write good slam. They write decent brutal tunes with nothing at all exceptional about them, but it sounds very passionless, directionless and lots of other "-less" terms I won't bother throwing out there. To put it simply, it's bad. Thanks for the comment though! Other opinions are (obviously) encouraged.

LoganTerriah said...

Dysentery can be good when you just want "slam". But their quality levels are almost as bad as Artery Eruption. T_T

slam said...

where can i download there stuff from

Anonymous said...

i'm going to agree with your review in all music-critical aspects.
however, (haha) i think they should keep the name. seriously. how often do you find a brutal band with a name that doesn't sound like every other band in the genre? short bus pile up is a name that stands out and its funny. death makes me smile, so why do the names have to be like "VISCERAL CRANIUM IMPLODMENT"?
yeah, blah blah blah kill kill kill. their name brings just as much brutality without any vaginal or fecal references in tow.

Anonymous said...

where can I download these guys promo 09?

Anonymous said...

You can download their music directly from them at http://shortbuspileupdownloads.bigcartel.com/