L1fe 1n B1nary


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L1fe 1n B1nary Review

by Joe Viglione

The interesting thing about reviewing good music in the age of YouTube is that one can watch a song like "And the Dead Shall Mock the Earth" on the internet while studying the CD. It's a fascinating scenario because this poppy, punky semi-hardcore band really does have the energy live that one can feel pouring out of this CD, L1fe 1n B1nary. The performance videotape from the record release show at Sun Ginn's nightspot in Grove City, recorded February 25, 2005, cooks with power. It's a power that the band is able to push through the grooves of their CD as well. Opening with "The Seraph and Her Ghost" one gets the feeling that they're listening to a Black Sabbath 33 rpm played at 45! Indeed, with seven tracks that come in at all of twenty-nine-minutes-and-forty-five seconds, the short but sweet disc is about the length of an old Black Sabbath record from the '70s, and has a spirit and drive that is captivating. There's a heavy authority to the proceedings evident on the title track, a four-minute onslaught of screams and Keith Moon-styled mayhem. Where labelmates the Red Tops are content to walk on well-trod paths, these guys in Geography stretch and tug at song structure, slamming some intriguing jolts throughout the short but sweet half-hour of performance. "Wherever Particular People Congregate" is as innovative as the title sounds, and the vocal easing up on the constant punk growls found on the other material here is most welcome. The guitar sounds are really special, emphasizing the emotion shared equally by the drums and vocals. "Unaimed" takes the exploratory adventure even further into new millennium punk. Marvelous stuff and a first effort that is entertaining, visionary and most intriguing.

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