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Dispensing Of False Halos - Calling Gina Clark


Year Released: 2003
Format: 7"
Label: Crucificados
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Jun 13, 2007
Minimal packaging which I think led to my copy of this record being warped to fuck. Thanks, guys. Looks nice though. And at least with this kind of stuff you don’t even notice when the record undulates on your turntable.

Calling Gina Clark are a German screamo band. At a pinch I would guess that their trousers are too tight, they have studded belts and, as a band, get through roughly fourteen gallons of hair dye per week. The music is messy, chaotic and they sure seem to like their twists and turns. The singer screams and is basically interchangeable with about a million other bands. On the first song there is a slightly lacklustre, bluesey breakdown where the singer seems to be saying “blah blah blah, blah blah blah”, which kind of sums things up.

As far as the more metallic side of ‘screamo’ goes, I had a fair old time listening to Dispensing Of False Halo’s cd on Init. It was good in an early-Cave-In-if-early-Cave-in-wasn’t-so-shit kind of way. On these two songs the band seem to have, to some extent, ditched the metallic approach, and made their sound somewhat scruffier, and it certainly benefits. The first song is a short, staid stab at screamo. Not bad, but not exactly exceptional. The second is a lengthier affair, raised from the mire of soundslikeverythingelseishness by a drawn-out arpeggiated section with the singer yowling over the top, which works really well. Then we launch back into some kind of frantic metallic part before hitting the switch marked ‘melody’ once again and strumming out some pretty, drifting stuff. Nice enough.

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