Album Review: Metermaid – Smash Smash Bang (2009)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Potholes
Download: Metermaids – Smash Smash Bang
The Metermaids hate the members of Simple Plan. Often scrutinized as being categorized as emo-rap, the untrained ear will make an ill-advised judgment to state such comments. The more endearing listener for good music will take a closer look at the Metermaids. Their latest offering, Smash Smash Bang delivers emotional lyrics and melodic tunes to keep you interested in learning more about the two boys from New York City. I am guilty as charged.
Metermaids is comprised of empire state emcees Sentence and Swell. Their sound? Eclectic. Little bit of everything. Beatles here, Linkin Park there, with an Atmosphere tone. Former Denver indie-rapper, Sentence claims Metermaids is a collaboration project and an “artistic experiment.” After several listens of Smash Smash Bang, characterizing it as an experiment is not fair. It is more like taking a whimsical journey while flipping through the diary pages of the underground rap duo sensation. They are just two white boys who don’t know how to write ‘gangsta’ lyrics, never experienced a violent reality, and have an ear for with melodic harmonies.
The Strange Famous labeled-EP contains heartfelt lyrics and contemplation as the carefully-crafted melodies that is far from emo that obscurity is an afterthought. The cohesiveness on the short play is flawless. Sonically, it feels as though I am in an intimate setting with the two and I can synchronize their sounds with their illusory bars like a mirage. The opening couplets of the record had me from the start, “There’s no picture going to do it any justice/No Polaroid, 35 millimeter, or a digital snap/Kodachrome won’t capture the moment/You can’t own it/There’s no bringing it back.” The revolutionary “Planes Down” makes me want to join the “Metermaids posse” with anti-rich kid and rebellious lyrics in the fold. The glorious “Shades Off” featuring Jared Paul is a chin-check to artificial realists and their musical artifice. The introspective “Matchbooks” pretty much explains every Friday night of my life. Sentence and Swell paints at city landscape picture so well, it’s luminous.
The closing track “Ghosts In The Radio” provides a subtle ending to what is a complete EP. All the songs entangle well as Sentence and Swell deliver yet another resilient release in Smash Smash Bang.