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Schteeve by Yourcodenameis: Milo

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Reviewed on 7th October 2004.

 
 

Schteeve

By Yourcodenameis: Milo

Following their impressive Albini produced debut mini album, Yourcodenameis: Milo release their first single proper produced this time by Flood. The rough sound 'recorded' by Albini on the mini album has been replaced by a smooth, sonic explosion adding depth to the band's epic sound.

It would be quite easy to lazily put the band somewhere between At the Drive-in or describe them as emo in order to quick reference the sound but as with any band the danger with labelling is that it can turn some people off before they've even heard a note. One things for sure... this is rock Jim but not as we know it.

The track kicks in with a killer bass riff before being joined by some of the most muscular drumming since Dave Grohl's stint with the Queens of the Stone Age. The power and range of singer Paul Mullen's vocals belie his dwarf like stature as he drifts effortlessly between gut wrenching scream and angelic falsettos as the three lead guitars carve out their own melodies battling each other through the song.

Schteeve is almost operatic in its composition flying through three differing movements. At first it sounds like a band with too many good ideas trying to cram them in all into one four minute track but a second and third listen reveal the true schizophrenic nature of the beast. It's often easy to be pleased by one good melody or riff carried through a song but like a 13 year old boy with a porn mag it's instantly gratifying but ultimately disappointing. This, my friends is tantric.

Yourcodenameis: Milo have created a solid and individual sound that transcends the any labelling lazy rock hacks throw at them. The result is a promising start from one of Britain's brightest hopes in rock. They may be a leotard short of nationwide adulation but it may come to pass that Geordie is the new black.

 

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