Band: JEROMES DREAMGenres: Emo-Violence / Noise Rock / Grind / Hardcore / Screamo / Destruction / Not Schlepper
Related artists: The Virgins.
Country: Connecticut, USA
Years Active: 1997-2001
Song: "And Just Like That the Year Is Gone"
Album: "Seeing Means More Than Safety"
Label(s): Alone Records / Rice Control / Hit The Ground Running / Witching Hour Records / Old Glory Records / Garbage Czar / Clean Plate Records / Level Plane Records
This post's artist is from the March 2014 Mix. This is track #13.
You can download the March 2014 Mix#2 right here.
For fans of: Rayleigh, Neil Perry, Seyarse, Deadseraphim, Yusuke, The Apoplexy Twist Orchestra, Louise Cyphre, Tristan Tzara, Lord Snow, Beau Navire, Loma Prieta, Dolcim, Cease Upon The Capitol, Mara'akate, Deers!, The Truth About Dreaming, Swan Of Tuonela, Textbook Traitors, MNWA, The Flying Worker, The Great Redneck Hope, Welcome The Plague Year, Kaospilot, (early) Examination Of The..., Republic Of Dreams, Aokigahara, Tera Melos, Usurp Synapse, Iwontstopwonderinguntilyoustopbreathing, King's Girls and Back When aka PROPER Screamo.
I don't think there's a better way to close out the month than with one of the most prolific and influential hardcore/emoviolence/screamo/grind bands that you'll ever hear. What did JEROMES DREAM sound like? Murder. Death. Explosions. Mass genocide. Oh, and calm, serene and downright relaxing jams. Bands have been attempting this formula for over 15 years, most notably in the last 2 or so, with little success. The bands that have most recently successfully adapted parts of this style are Yusuke, MNWA, Rayleigh and King's Girls. If you are in a perpetual search for the closest thing to JEROMES DREAM (as you should be) may I recommend Deadseraphim, reviewed here. Alright, let's get on with it.
This is violence in audio form. The song hits with a force unparalleled in other music and the sheer power is staggering. Listen to the exit of human civilization at the 40-second mark of "The Monologue Of The Century". This track also has some really pretty slow jamz with insane drumming. Yusuke, I'm looking in your direction.
Another one of my favourite tracks is "And Just Like That The Year Is Gone" which has a bombshell packed with cyanide that explodes following an (almost) pretty interlude, leaving the listener floored/dead at the 0:55 second mark. You can't get more powerful than this.
"Exit 29 Collapsed As I Drove By" sounds exactly what witnessing such a catastrophe (I'm imagining a bridge collapsing) would translate to if written as music at 0:40 or so it sounds like the soundtrack to a murder and that's with NO vocals and NO thick chugging. Tis more than a difficult feat but they pulled it off and put it in the goddamn textbook. Copyright, bitches.
"What I Learned At This Year's Regional Optometry Convention" is a mostly-instrumental headbanging romp through some sludgy waters and has JEROMES DREAM combining their (later) poppier sound with the feedback-soaked, bass-heavy and overall massive wall of sound. That's right, fuck you Phil Spector -you got nothing on these guys.
As you may have noticed, the insanely (and one could certainly argue 'comical') shrill, shrieked vocals were done in a live setting with no microphone. After destroying his vocal chords Jeff Smith opted for the, "Hey I found a megaphone and I'm going to shout incomprehensibly." It's what worked for him, but I personally find it irksome. Regardless, the instrumentals on 'Presents' are still spot on and have a lighter touch, much like Tera Melos or Town Portal. These tracks are decent but passable considering the absolute genius that awaits listeners after these final recordings. Check out "35" and "Double Who? Double You!" for some of the best work.
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1998 - Amalgamation Split 7"
1999 - July Split 7"
1999 - The Book Of Dead Names Split 5"
2000 - Seeing Means More Than Safety 10"EP
2000 - Orchid Split skull 10"EP
2000 - An Aspirin, An X-Ray (Usurp Synapse Split) 7"
2000 - The One AM Radio Split 7"
2001 - Presents cdLP
2005 - Completed 1997-2001 2xcd complete discography (download here)
(2000) JEROMES DREAM - "And Just Like That The Year Is Gone" (from 'Seeing Means More Than Safety')
(2000) JEROMES DREAM - "The Monologue Of The Century" (from 'Seeing Means More Than Safety')
(2000) JEROMES DREAM - "Exit 29 Collapsed As I Drove By" (from 'Seeing Means More Than Safety')
(1999) JEROMES DREAM - "I Won't Stop Wondering Until You Stop Breathing" (from 'The Book Of Dead Names' split)
(2000) JEROMES DREAM - "My Most Recent Left Right Brain Argument" (from 'Orchid' split)
(2000) JEROMES DREAM - "What I Learned At This Year's Regional Optometry Convention" (from 'Usurp Synapse' split)
(2001) JEROMES DREAM - "35" (from 'Presents')
JEROMES DREAM out-of-print discography mp3 download