There is something intangible that makes a good record great, a threshold crossed that transcends production style, songwriting, guitar tone, and everything else that is supposedly so important. It's a mix of emotion, heart, urgency, and a "je-ne-sais-quoi" that trumps it all, and Loma Prieta have it on their Deathwish debut I.V.
Screamo is sort of the dirty-word for the emotional-spazz-hardcore that Loma Prieta (members of Punch, Beau Navire, Us Haunted Bodies) specialize in, but the California crew also mix in Converge-style riffing, post-rock grandeur and blast beats into their pg.99-isms. It all makes I.V. an interesting ride, and you can stream two tracks from the LP, "Uniform" and "Fly By Night" (not a Rush cover) below. Order your copy of I.V. at Deathwish or your favorite distro, it ships next week.
LOMA PRIETA - 2012 TOUR DATES
01/14: Christchurch, New Zealand @ House Party