LONGBALL TO NO-ONE: The Little Boy Picked up a Rock…: CD

Japan’s Longball to No-One have made a real leap. Shit-tons of diaper-butted, can-you-spare-a-hug emo bands claim excellent bands as influences – like Drive Like Jehu, Rites of Spring, and Jawbox. However, when I put on said emo bands’ records, all I usually hear is a long, extended whine and the sound of money getting siphoned out of a trust fund. But, with Longball to No-One, I hear the updating of Jehu and Rites I’ve been waiting for, nigh since this emo thingy started crying its eyes out. LTN are dynamically experimental and are not afraid to shift tempo and show a softer belly, but when they roll over, the music’s full of bristles and teeth and rocks the fuck out. Which puts us right at the doorstep of unadulterated emocore in the purest, best sense of the word. Give the album a bit to grow on you and it’ll reward you.

 –todd (Snuffy Smile)