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The Reptilian

"Boys' Life" EP

Count Your Lucky Stars

Genre: math rock, post-hardcore, indie rock


October 2009

Midwestern fourpiece The Reptilian employ the mathy instrumentation of Minus the Bear and Hurl, but match it with yelly, post-hardcore vocals. It's not an unfamiliar combination, although these rolling, complex compositions could have benefitted from a more tuneful singer. Epic "So... what are my torso options?" (yes, they do the goofy song title thing, too) is like Minus the Bear channelled through Archers of Loaf-esque abandon, but Sacha's bland shout simply doesn't do the track justice (see video below). Tracks one and four are equally guilty. The album's lone instrumental, sure to get any Nintendo fan into a chuckle, is "Wallkicks will work" - without Sacha's vocals, the song shows an introspective and dreamy side of the band. Instrumentally, these folks deserve accolades, but the singing just doesn't cut it - lyrically or technically.

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Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 4 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2009]