Whenwedie


Whenwedie

Whenwedie - Whenwedie ©2001 Self-Released
1. Shitsville
2. Claysachs
3. Million Dollar Empty Smile
4. Pens And Hens

Aside from this brief, nine minute, four song EP, I have very little information on Whenwedie. This may very well be a demo release but regardless of the lack of solid factual data, this band is indeed fairly promising. Their sound could best be described as Clutch Jr., mainly during Clutch's earlier years. The vocalist for Whenwedie possesses a thick roar similar to Neil Fallon's bellow, but it is mixed fairly low in the production to reduce it to just another aspect of the full picture. The music is slightly adventurous, hardcore based metal that mixes things up in levels of intensity and guitar tones. The first track, "Shitsville", is fairly plodding and sludgey, but the other three tracks contain a reasonable share of groove and energy. It's those tracks that suggest this band has a bit of potential in front of them. This short little disc does make me curious to hear what they come up with in the future.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 11/2001

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The Poundstone Society

Whenwedie - The Poundstone Society ©2002 Self-Released
1. Made For Cutting Steak
2. Chandler's Weight Problem
3. Number Five Stay Alive
4. Christ The Cop
5. Rock Propaganda
6. The Poundstone Society
7. We Can't Sell Out

Whenwedie has wasted no time in releasing a second disc of blistering, aggressive and manic hardcore. Much like their brief self titled CD, The Poundstone Society (hopefully the title is not in reference to the embattled comedienne) is short, to the point and packs a major wallop. This disc is a massive fourteen minutes, a veritable epic in comparison. One songs even tracks at over three and a half minutes!

Whenwedie's sound is still a mix of groove and furious pacing that constantly goes for the jugular. The songs get to the point and don't mess around with fluff or unnecessary filler. In comparison to most hardcore that I've heard, Whenwedie has the ability to write memorable songs. The vocals are a distant, hollow roar that still reminds me of early Clutch. Coupled with the loose but still locked-in guitar riffing, you get a formula for success. Each of the songs rages along and kicks down doors and breaks windows. For fans of the genre, Whenwedie is very recommended and even for those who aren't so taken with the style, The Poundstone Society may still induct you as a member.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 04/2002

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Digital Angel EP

Whenwedie - Digital Angel EP ©2002 Redundant Audio International
1. The Big Indifferent Machine
2. Digital Angel
3. Kleine Beaujeanq
4. Short Lunches (we're Quitting Part 1)
5. Sublimination And Shit (we're Quitting Part 2)
6. My Personality Breeds Contempt (we're Quitting Part 3)

When a band advertises on the sleeve, "six songs in twelve minutes", you know they're not messing around. As with the band's previous two brief releases, Digital Angel wastes very little time in getting their points across. It's sort of like a driveby hardcore album. It's quick, squeals off in a frenzy and leaves nothing but devastation behind. Digital Angel does, however, show a little more musicianship than before and even moments of near-normal rock. Sort of. It's pretty subliminal, but it's there, dammit!

Whenwedie still reminds me a bit of Clutch on PCP and meth. The music constantly is reeling on its end, side or top, but never quite even keel. The band shows off a little sense of dynamics with a few more quieter sections, which we can all blame on Fugazi whether they're actually responsible as an influence or not. They're simply convenient. The most impressive thing about Digital Angel is that despite the adrenaline rush and breakneck tempo, it's still quite catchy at its core. Whenwedie has transcended hardcore's tendency to be too brutal and aggressive without paying heed to a deeper sense of song dynamics. Moreover, the band also has the ability to provide something new upon subsequent listens.

Digital Angel has so far completed three great, although extremely brief, mini albums. Each one has shown great improvement and music. Hopefully the band will stick around to continue providing us with its interesting brand of hardcore.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 12/2002

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