Thursday 24 June 2021

Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket/They Sleep We Live - Split 7"

Labels: Blood Of The Young Records/Dingleberry Records & Distribution/(We Built The World And) Miss The Stars Records/Pike Records/Tief In Marcellos Schuld Records/Zegema Beach Records

Formats: Vinyl/Digital

Release Date: 06 Apr 2016


1. Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket - Alla Vågar Leder Både Bort Och Hem

2. Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket - Jag Vet Att Det Gör Ont, Men Varför Gör Det Sa Javla Ont?

3. They Sleep We Live - And The Curtain Falls

Here goes another ZBR roster review. I've hit a little seam of 7" releases, so I'm going to fire them out over the next seven days or so in a bid to catch up (a bit). This one features a split release that includes Sweden's Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket and Germany's They Sleep We Live; both of whom may be familiar to you if you've been following this little series. Right now, it's a retrospective look at ZBR's releases. This 7" was released in April 2016 via a whole host of like-minded labels (all listed above) and was pressed on 500 copies of orange wax.

This split comprises of two songs from Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket and one from They Sleep We Live. Vi Som.. begins with ‘Alla Vågar Leder Både Bort Och Hem’, which is delivered in their typical melodic yet intense style with guitars that tower over the recording, while the vocals are screamed with such emotive force. The bass and percussion provide direction and authority too, in a song that barely lasts over two minutes. There’s nothing about it that could be considered emoviolence (it probably wasn’t intended to be such) but there’s still so much energy here. Second song ‘Jag Vet Att Det Gör Ont, Men Varför Gör Det Sa Javla Ont?’ Is more majestic thanks to a slightly more mid-paced, stripped down approach during the verses (I guess?), though they’re followed by sections of both grandeur and introspection. Vi Som… certainly craft an atmosphere that’s worth getting lost in.

The other side of the split is kept solely for They Sleep We Live and their song ‘And The Curtain Falls’. It’s a very apt title as organ joins guitar for a very dramatic intro, before the band’s fast screamo takes over. Their ability to write songs that are so engaging never fails to impress, given their lengths and they still remind me of the best genre exports to come from Japan. Germany has always been a country of interest when it comes to screamo/hardcore, in-spite of it’s more commonly known love of cheesy power metal or industrial and They Sleep We Live prove why that is here.

I find that screamo/post-hardcore bands are always really adept at writing and performing songs that seem to outrun their playing time (in the best possible way). The 7” format is one that doesn’t lend itself to longer songs yet both Vi Som… and They Sleep We Live manage to give much more bang for the buck. I’d recommend that you track this release down if it’s still available.

You can stream and purchase the split digitally below:-

Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket -

They Sleep We Live -

Physical copies are still available from the labels below:-

Miss The Stars Records -

Pike Records -

Zegema Beach Records (CAN/INTL) -

Zegema Beach Records (USA) -

Blood Of The Young Records & Press -

Dingleberry Records & Distribution -

Miss The Stars Records -

Pike Records -

Tief In Marcellos Schuld Records -

Zegema Beach Records -

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