Jan 05, 2022

When I think of Jerome’s Dream, I think of their album Seeing Means More Than Safety, a prototypical screamo rec with hoarse whistling-through-a-tracheotomy-tube vox over a frantic racket in the back. With this in mind, Iodine’s reissue of Jerome’s Dream’s later album Presents wasn’t at all what I expected. Certainly the insanely fast, almost jazzy drums are still here, as is the spazzcore energy, but cleaner production makes this one sound different. So do vocals, which are light years from Seeing—I’m reminded of the hollering-down-a-hallway approach that Lightning Bolt took. Despite the differences, this rec is engaging and cool throughout. –Michael T. Fournier (Iodine,