Please donate to help save PopMatters. We are moving to WordPress in December out of necessity and need your help.

The Death of a Party: The Rise and Fall of Scarlet City

Like how Ozma imitates Weezer, the Death of a Party wants to be the Blood Brothers. They should stop trying.

The Death of a Party

The Rise and Fall of Scarlet City

Label: Double Negative
US Release Date: 2007-05-22
UK Release Date: Unavailable

Oakland’s Death of a Party exist entirely because of the Blood Brothers, the hardcore band that screamed their way all the way to the big leagues. Party comes off like a Blood Bros. tribute band without the layers of distorted feedback. The stop-start song structures? The cabaret-styled chord changes? The wild vocal yelps? It’s all there, riding on a total been-there done-that quality. The group excels when they put down the guitars: the piano-lead "Emerald Crowns" is an exquisite gem of minor-key pop, and "The Fucking Ocean" reinvents My Chemical Romance as the unofficial muse’s for the Decemberists’ epic sea-chanteys. Single "Weekend" builds off of Tool-like bass riffs before collapsing into its muddled chorus, just as hook-less as the rest of the LP. As of now, the group’s influences are suffocating them like a tight straightjacket. Until they shake that off, you’ll see why the band earns its name.


Please Donate to Help Save PopMatters

PopMatters have been informed by our current technology provider that we have until December to move off their service. We are moving to WordPress and a new host, but we really need your help to fund the move and further development.





© 1999-2020 PopMatters Media, Inc. All rights reserved. PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.

Collapse Expand Reviews

Collapse Expand Features

PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.