August 15, 2003
THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES [I]THIS IS MEANT TO HURT YOU[/I] REVIEW
Talk about a band that roars through several rock genres at breakneck speed: Over the course of five songs (and in under 20 minutes) Seattle's These Arms Are Snakes careen through math and post-hardcore, make brief but energizing pit stops at Boys Life-esque emo and Cure-esque electro-goth, and culminate in an astounding finish that makes you want to live it all over again (especially "Run It Through the Dog"). Given that the band features former members of Botch and Kill Sadie, the vocals are decidedly less harrowing than might be expected, yet maintain elements of textural surprise. Singer Steve Snere's varied and physically theatrical live style comes through on record loud and clear. Produced by Matt Bayles, This Is Meant to Hurt You is also meant to revive you.
These Arms Are Snakes perform at Graceland on Mon Aug 25 with Hot Water Music, Cobra High, and Dead in Hollywood, 7 pm, $10.
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