BRAHMAN: A Forlorn Hope: CD

Hmm. This is on Revelation and looks like it might be stoner rock or something. Put the CD on. Huh? Is this the right disk? It’s kinda emo-y and poppy, but weirder. What’s going on? Look at the liner notes, they kinda look like preps, playing in a big arena… OH, WAIT!! I get it now, they’re Japanese. Suddenly, I look at this record from a different perspective, and I like it. It’s a little more polished than the Japanese punk I’m used to, but it’s still good. It gets me to thinking, though. Do I only like it because it’s Japanese? If they were Americans, I’d hate this and make fun of it. Is it right for me to let the lame shit slide just because of where they’re from? I don’t know how I feel about this record.

 –ben (Revelation)