LOVE TO HATE THOSE HEROES
With searing guitar riffs and pounding drums, Lovehatehero steps to the forefront of pussy whiney emo rock with their latest Ferret Records release White Lies. When you buy this CD, you get: 30+ minutes of guitar solos, off-time bass riffs (unintentionally off-time, mind you), and some kind of gang vocal thing that can’t help but leave you wondering when this barrage of dookie is going to be over.
Produced by Cameron Webb (credits include Social Distortion and Silverstein), the band courageously attempts to daunt their overwhelming desire to spread their love of Dianetics with you to share tales of redemption, heartbreak, and the greatest gift of all: unrequited love.
The album starts off slow and ceases to let go. “Goodbye My Love” is a riff-heavy song with snarling vocals reminiscent of the Locust record that was put out as a joke and is a Chihuahua barking for twenty minutes, while latter songs such as “Red Dress” and “Move On” are…oh wait….more riffage-filled songs that have no discernable hook.
Tongue-in-cheek song “Ho Back in Homewrecker” appears to be a direct reference to one of their Mypace friends (I noticed her comment right above mine on their page). It is quite a bummer for me; I have been an avid fan of the band since their debut CD Just Breathe and their subsequent shows at the Empress in my beloved Connecticut.
If you enjoy Thrice, circa 2003, or wondered what it would be like if the band VAI had attempted to make a screamo record, then look no further. After a ground-breaking, well-received debut, the band definitely falls short with this second effort. But, you can’t really hold it against them: they had to hurriedly write an entire album amidst touring after losing most of their band; it appears as though the expatriate members probably saw the band’s future ahead of them, and decided that it wasn’t worth it.