It looks like the chaotic tech-hardcore/metalcore group Every Time I Die broke up, about 15 years after one would suspect a band to do so. Honestly, good on them for having that kind of longevity while pedaling music that seemed ripe to be a flash in the pan even when it was brand new. One hell of a run!
It seems like the split was acrimonious, but I’m not going to delve into that here, because I don’t really care so much. Even though I thought that their newest record, Radical, was surprisingly solid and enjoyable (I even toyed with featuring “Planet Shit” on my year-end songs list), I’m really only writing this post because it’s an excuse to talk about…
This was the first Every Time I Die song that I heard, and I think it’s probably the only Every Time I Die song I ever needed. Hell, this is probably the only song I ever needed out of that whole metalcore subculture. This song is still so, so funny to me.
This completely nonsensical string of riffs and chugging breakdowns is a nonstop riot. I have a real sweet tooth for weird tech-y/math-y song structures, and while I was into the early Dillinger Escape Plan stuff in the opening years of our current millennium, this was the first time I heard a band take that kind of dizzying chaos and make it sound fun. While DEP approached everything in a way that made them seem very serious, ETID seemed like a bunch of goofballs who took math-y hardcore and made it… catchy?
There are handclaps in this fucking song. What more do you want?
Catchy math-y metalcore would be perfected (and then abandoned) many years later by the planet’s current Greatest Band, The Armed. But I give Every Time I Die some credit for getting there first.
Listening now, the bratty/whiney screaming hasn’t aged that well, but I actually think that this guy mewling out lines like “there’s a pail by the bed if you need one” makes this song way funnier and therefore way better. So, I guess what I’m saying is… we’re all going to age, and we’re all going to not age so well, but as long as we’re still kinda funny, it’s all good.