Tuesday, 6 November 2018

SOMETIMES WALKING, SOMETIMES RUNNING

BandSOMETIMES WALKING, SOMETIMES RUNNING
GenresPunk / Hardcore / Emo / Screamo / Skramz / Emo-violence
Related artistsThe Young Men, Scent Of Human History, The Lazer, Bent Outta Shape, United States, Risk and Dirty Looks.
CountryLong Island, New York U.S.A.
Years Active2000-2002
Song: "Baroque"
Album: "Untitled: 5"
Year: 2002
For fans ofKodan ArmadaLachanceSnag, Olive Cotard, Storm The Bastille, Neil PerryRats Into Robots, People's Temple Project, Indian Summer, Shotmaker, Funeral Diner, Reversal Of Man, Pg.99, Robots Don't Cry, Saetia, Kill Your Children, Eyes Of Verotika, Straight No Shooter, Caught In The Fall, The Map Says We're Fucked, TrotskyDispensing Of False HalosYaphet Kotto, Sleep Debt, D'Amore, Tunes For Bears To Dance To and I, Robot aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Traffic Violation Records / 86'd Records
This post's artist is from the November 2018 Mix. This is track #7.
You can download: the November 2018 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2018 Mix#12 here.

SOMETIMES WALKING, SOMETIMES RUNNING were a chaotic emo/screamo band from Long Island that released between 2000 and 2002. I managed to find their first EP and final split 7", but there are three songs on an 'Unreleased' cdr that I have yet to track down. If you're searching for that cdr there's a good post via Here On This Island that discusses this release in detail. The band played the quiet/loud screamy hardcore thing, but did so very, very well and seems to have gone mostly unnoticed after almost 20 years. There is a definite late 90s, early 2000s flair that can be likened to what was happening in Omaha just a few years later with bands like Eyes Of Verotika, Caught In The Fall, Robots Don't CryExamination Of The..., Back When, etc.

Anyhoos, their debut offering is the 2000 cdEP titled 'Untitled: 5' and it begins with the jarring "Sweet Advice From a Jailbird", a dark, eerie and unrelenting two minutes that sets the bar quite high. "I Guess The Best Thing To Do Is Laugh Out Loud" is up next, opening with a subdued screamo progression not unlike Tunes For Bears To Dance To and Robots Don't Cry, which pops at 37 seconds and could definitely be likened to newer bands such as Snag and Sleep Debt. There's also a section that is brief but begins at 1:42 with the guitars locking into time warp spaciness and bring to mind my beloved Rats Into Robots. The first song I ever heard by the band was "Baroque", which is the most Yaphet Kotto sounding song not recorded by Yaphet Kotto in existence. The vocals from the onset are a mixture of low-end screaming and higher end crooning that is so Mag it's scary...but good scary. There's also an extremely chill section that dips the middle of the song with much denser, heavier bookends on either side. "Welcome To 4am" is a raging good time, complete with quadruple screaming, hyperactive drums, feedback, emo-violence guitars and zero time to breath. Closer "This Linear Engagement" begins much more grounded, only to lose control and go on a rampage from one minute onward. It should probably be noted that on the back of the cd the songs were labeled as "5", "2", "3", "4" and "6", instead of their track titles.

The 2002 split 7" with The Insurgent houses two tracks of slightly evolved SOMETIMES WALKING, SOMETIMES RUNNING, which push some older influences such as Indian Summer and even Shotmaker amidst their more chaotic signature sound. The first song, "you", is committed to this slow, brooding, 90s emo sound for the first 1:22 before swan diving into the remainder of the storm, giving more nods to later screamo such as Kodan Armada, Lachance and Pg.99 with all four members screaming their heads off. "she won't kiss me because i smoke and i smoke because she won't kiss me" is much shorter, eclectic, abrasive and dare I say dancey, making it one of my favourites by the band. There's an almost constant twinkling guitar leading the song through both the slower and faster bits, giving it an additional dynamic not generally present, and good goddamn does it deliver.

So that's that...kinda. Hopefully we'll see those three missing unreleased songs at some point, but until then I'm sure you'll have a swimmingly good time jamming these seven fantastic tunes.

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DISCOGRAPHY

2000 - Untitled: 5 cdEP (stream/donate/download here)

2001 - Unreleased cdr (does anyone have these three songs?!?!)

2002 - The Insurgent split 7"EP (stream/donate/download here)

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(2000) SOMETIMES WALKING, SOMETIMES RUNNING - "Welcome To 4AM" (from 'Untitled: 5')

(2000) SOMETIMES WALKING, SOMETIMES RUNNING - "I Guess The Best Thing To Do Is Laugh Out Loud" (from 'Untitled: 5')

(2000) SOMETIMES WALKING, SOMETIMES RUNNING - "Baroque" (from 'Untitled: 5')

(2002) SOMETIMES WALKING, SOMETIMES RUNNING - "she won't kiss me because i smoke and i smoke because she won't kiss me" (from 'The Insurgent' split)

(2000s) SOMETIMES WALKING, SOMETIMES RUNNING - live at Friendly fest 2

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