braidedveins: bvlp review
Music with a sense of urgency demands your attention. Short but powerful statements in the form of fast tempo guitars, bass, drums and vocals with lyrics to match it's musical counterpart. This combination makes for one hell of a ride as a music listener. Let your mind stray for just a second in between notes and you might miss the importance of what the artist or band is trying to convey. I could list bands who incorporate this sense of urgency but I'm focusing solely on one band in particular: Braidedveins.
Comprised of members from bands such as The Swellers, Kid Brother Collective and Empty Orchestra, Braidedveins are a force to be reckoned with on their debut LP "BVLP". Clocking in at 32 minutes and produced by the great Marc Hudson (Against Me!, Taking Back Sunday, Saves the Day...the list goes on) at Rancho Recordo in Flint, Michigan there's barely a moment for you to catch your breath. I mean that in a good way. In a 21st century world flooded with 24/7 news content and social media nonsense, "BVLP" musicially slaps you in the face to get you to notice that what they have to say as a band is important.
"Describe everything that you feel, in every detail. Describe everything that you feel. The subject reports the sensation of falling. The subject reports a loss of control. The subject reports a sensation of dread. A cold that suggests it will never be warm again. Lie back and please understand. You are a means to an end." These heavy lyrics taken from the album's sencond track "A Means to an End" are an example of many social/self examinating statements that Braidedveins convey on "BVLP".
It's hard to pick a highlight from "BVLP" but if I had to pick one, it would be "Unspeakable, Unthinkable". Braidedveins, in a matter of 2 minutes and 12 seconds, manages to capture the definition of nationalism. "Unspeakable, unthinkable. Unstable, unbearable, Impossible and it might be too late. The thing that scares me most is that it might be too late." Braidedveins manages to capture such heavy subjects and topics with music and lyrics to match.
When I got to talk to drummer Jonathan Diener back in October about Braidedveins, I can tell he was ecstatic to have the world hear what "BVLP" had in store. The band doesn't disappoint. "BVLP" is solid from beginning to end. With well executed performances from the band and Marc Hudson behind the board doing what he does best, the combination proves to be an end result worthy of multiple listens. I can't suggest this album enough!
My WCR interview with drummer Jonathan Diener: https://soundcloud.com/whitefish-community-radio/interview-with-jonathan-diener-drummer-for-the-swellers-braidedveins-and-front-man-for-baggage