Why I Love Everyone's In Love and Flowers Pick Themselves


4 jan. 2009, 21h33m

Really mind blowing albums come in three varieties. Some albums stand as monoliths to their age or to their genre. Some quietly burn away in the subconscience of a select few, who so happen to be the kind of people who start bands. Others come along and invent something totally new.

Everyone's In Love And Flowers Pick Themselves is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of these third variety. You been hearing Dananananakroyd much? How about Pulled Apart By Horses? Shut Your Eyes and You'll Burst Into Flames? Well, what they're doing now, The Murder Of did first, and some would argue, on this mini-album, did best. These boys are the transatlantic soul-mates of the Blood Brothers.

There isn't a single wasted second on this record. The band tear through it at 200mph, pausing only for a respite during the beautiful, and oddly titled, Jack And Oscar Have A Fight. From the moment (Building) A House For Flowers And Lovers starts us off, sounding like Idlewild would have on their earliest, earliest demos if they'd grown up listening to The Dillinger Escape Plan instead of Nirvana. Imagine a multi-part, progressive, tight as fuck Self Healer and you're only half way there.

Slap The Cubo Futurist is one of many highlights here too. Brutal drumming, time signatures that writhe and thrash around like a burning snake, horrified vocals, hand claps... the only thing this song doesn't have is Cheryl Tweedy, and that's possibly because she turned down the opportunity.

I cannot think of a better band than this when you consider how tight they are in the light of how complex their music is. It has to be heard to be believed. Not a bum note and not a second wasted. But the most endearing aspect of this record is its sheer originality. You almost get the impression that The Murder Of... listened to everything released in the last ten years, and then deliberately decided to be as far apart from it as they could be. Converge are heavier, but nowhere near as catchy or direct. The Blood Brothers had the tunes but never strung them together to form a coherent album that was flawless from the beginning to the end (even the astonishing Burn Piano Island, Burn had it's weak moments).

I know it's only 8 tracks. If only all great albums were only 8 tracks.


  • sabrage

    You've gotten me hopelessly addicted to this band. I thank you.

    6 jan. 2009, 10h01m
  • el_frenko

    why why why did they break up after only one LP???

    14 jan. 2009, 21h51m
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