Wednesday 12 April 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emotive Hardcore / Screamo / Emo-violence / Skramz
Related artistsLoma Prieta, Elle and Beau Navire.
CountryBerkeley California USA
Years Active2003
Song: "2"
Album: "Demo"
Year: 2003
For fans ofTextbook Traitors, Loma Prieta, Seyarse, Beau Navire, Blue Friend, Sleeper Wave, Yusuke, Kelut, Birthday Boyz, Love Lost But Not Forgotten, A Company Of Heroes, Neil Perry, Jeromes Dream, Deers!, Isodora Crane, Cease Upon The Capitol, Lord Snow and Means To An End aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the April 2017 Mix. This is track #2.
You can download: the April 2017 Mix#4 right here or get the new May 2017 Mix#5 here.

SAILBOATS? You mean, that SAILBOATS? The pre-Loma Prieta SAILBOATS? The band that released a mere two songs but are still talked about nearly a decade later and everyone is still shitting their pants, SAILBOATS? Yes. that SAILBOATS.

"Behind Trees" is the first song that opens with a nice, lengthy drum roll and sporadic, dreamy guitars. This lulling intro remains patient as long as possible but by 45 seconds the drums speed up like crazy, the guitars and bass crash in along with the high pitched shrieks found on the first Loma Prieta 7". The final 40 seconds are pummeling slices of emo-violence that is as heavy as it gets here. The perfectly balanced juxtaposition of blatantly violent screamo with strong melodic undertones is likely the reason this band is still discussed with mouths agape. "2" is my jam, holy fuckeroo. The first 20 seconds has isolated as well as combined guitars and drums that build quickly without much variation and eventually meet up with everything else as the noise is erupts like the grim reaper travelling at lightspeed through a densely populated area. The sheer abrasiveness of this song is uncanny, which brings obvious comparisons in my brain to screechy veterans Textbook Traitors and Seyarse, both mid-2000 era bands. Seriously, you can't get much better than this, as is showcased by the gorgeous timeshift at 1:22, subsequent bass/guitar interplay as well as the climactic, screamy and breakdown-laden conclusion.

The download version of most SAILBOATS includes two additional tracks that are not by SAILBOATS and, quite frankly, aren't very good. For this reason I have left them out of the mp3 download below, but should you really want to hear mediocre songs by a band that is not SAILBOATS then by all means, go ahead. There are also rumours of an LP which was written and recorded but never released, but I highly doubt that. Apparently Loma Prieta refers to SAILBOATS as Behind Trees and have been cited as teasing fans live by playing a few SAILBOATS notes randomly at live shows.

If you've never heard SAILBOATS you are in for a treat. This shit is awesome, and it truly is a damn shame that these two songs are all we have to hold on to.



2003 - Demo EP (download here)

(2003) SAILBOATS - "2" (from 'Demo')

(2003) SAILBOATS - "Behind Trees" (from 'Demo')

(200?) SAILBOATS - "Hunted Castle" (from '???')


SAILBOATS out of print mp3 discography download

(download here)

1 comment:

  1. Yooo. Are there any pressings of this out there? I’ve looked for years!