DEAD BARS: Dream Gig: CS

Mar 20, 2018

The CD version of this, released by No Idea, was reviewed by Kayla Greet in RZC #101, so I doubt there’s much that I can add that hasn’t already graced these pages. This was my first exposure to Dead Bars, and I think Kayla hit all the nails square on the head, but I will doff my cap specifically to her noting the “live” feel of this record. I was particularly impressed by the song “Tear Shaped Bruise,” a sophisticated rendering of the mosh pit as painful catharsis for heartbreak and irrevocable mistakes. By the way, this cassette release has an alternate “director’s cut” version of the LP on the B side that includes bonus material. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Let’s Pretend)