CARTE DE VISITE: I’ve Been Here Before: Cassette

I actually HAVE been here once before, as I reviewed these guys previous cassette release just a few issues back. Okay, so you know the “quiet—loud— quiet” formula of nearly every ‘90s Midwest emo band, right? If you took only the quiet parts from all of those songs and tossed out the “loud” parts, then you would be left with something that is similar to the four songs on this cassette. Unfortunately for this band, the variance between quiet and loud is what often made those ‘90s emo songs interesting, and without that crucial element you’re left with arty, pretentious indie rock with jazzy rhythms and little substance.

 –Mark Twistworthy ([email protected], cartedevisite.bandcamp.com)