O PIONEERS!!!/ ANCHOR, THE: Split: 7”

If I was romantically entwined with this record, we’d totally be in the “It’s not you, it’s me” stage of the relationship. I mean, all the pieces are present and amounting to what should be a great and loving arrangement: The Anchor provides two mid-tempo songs that wouldn’t have sounded that out of place on Hot Water Music’s No Division, with O, Pioneers!!! contributing a lengthy and impassioned dirge about seizing the moment—the band’s come a long way since their Against Me! comparisons. So I just don’t get it. I mean, between the actual music, the nice packaging, the colored vinyl, I should be all over this record. But there’s just something about it—despite all intentions, we don’t gel, this record and I. It’s no one thing in particular and certainly not through the band’s failings (these are, generally, good songs), we’re just not meant to be together. 

 –keith (Triumph Of Life)