KID BROTHER COLLECTIVE were a band from 1997-2003 from Flint, Michigan that put out two albums and a couple of splits/EPs/Comps before they broke up, and this is a reissue of their last album they did on vinyl for the first time.

This post hardcore band has a lot of quiet parts on this album that turn into heavier, chunkier parts during songs with some relaxed singing to strained vocals on the songs. The album starts off with the slow-paced “Our Last Night”, a calm song that introduces the release by lulling the listener into the album, “Light Sleeper” starts off slowly before the emotive instrumental finish, and “Too Many Tomorrows (A Fair Warning)” has a pop punk feel and its subtle catchiness makes the song. The band is pretty good, they play well, and I wouldn’t say that they are the most proficient or tightest of players, but they get the emotion and angst across fairly well. This is one of those albums that you will put on every once in a while and it will make you think, yeah, this is cool.

They deserve to get heard, and it’s a good, but not a great album, but I’m glad that it’s got another chance to be heard because when it clicks, it really works well.

ANNABEL: Youth in Youth: CD

Youth In Youth cover art

ANNABEL is from Kent, OH and these four guys have put out eleven new songs that are pretty damn catchy and stick with you after you turn off the album.

On this, their sophomore album, have put out a mighty fine mix of indie pop, and emo, but not the crappy, mopey kind, more of the emotional part of that type of music. There are tons of hooks on this album, the drumming really has a nice feel, the guitars have some nice fuzz on them, the bass lines are throbbing in the background and the singer has some really nice harmonies going on throughout the album. These guys have a couple of real short instrumentals to break things up and not every song is fast, but everyone has something to keep your interest throughout. The production and mix could be a bit better, with the bass getting lost sometimes, but you still get the emotion and feel that they are putting forth.

I really think that this is going to give them a good push and make people take notice of them.