Saturday 31 March 2018

Congratulations/The Rabbit Theory - Split

Labels: Zegema Beach Records/Time As A Color
Formats: Vinyl
Release Date: 27 Dec 2017


1. Congratulations - Shimmer
2. The Rabbit Theory - Looking For The Devil

Here's one final review to round out March. Time is flying and I've been neglecting things a little this month, so am feeling a little guilty. Anyway. this split was released in late December 2017 via Zegema Beach Records and Time As A Color. it features one song from Canadian band Congratulations and Swiss band The Rabbit Theory (whom I believe are no longer active). Congratulations has been active since 2013 and this split is their second ever release (I believe?). The Rabbit Theory formed in 2006 and went on to release a tape, a couple of 7"s and a split 12" while also appearing on some compilations. The song that features here is the band's last ever recording and follows the passing of their vocalist, so has extra poignancy. 

Shimmer by Congratulations is full of atmosphere and moodiness. It’s laid back and the clean singing only adds to that feel, alongside the restrained instrumentation. It reminds me of the gentler post-hardcore of the late 90s/early 00’s Drive-Thru era. Mid-way through the song, screams take over but the instrumentation doesn’t get any harsher. It forms a nice opposite.

The Rabbit Theory presents something a whole lot more mathy on Looking For The Devil. The time-signatures and rhythms are pacier and evidently angrier. Given the extra emotion that existed during the recording of this song, that should come as no surprise but it should be treated as a celebration and it’s to be enjoyed.

This split is a great short blast of post-hardcore/screamo from different angles. It harnesses lots of musical talent and genuine feeling, which is what music should do. Great stuff.

Stream the split here:-

Physical copies can be purchased from the labels below (depending on where you are in the world):-

Neither band has any presence on the Internet (as far as I can tell). 

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