Sky Eats Airplane

Sky Eats Airplane

Written by: TL on 14/10/2008 19:47:50

Those of you who keep up with the scene in general might have heard of a band called Sky Eats Airplane a while ago, seeing how they released their sophomore full length, titled simply "Sky Eats Airplane" back in July. Since I got my hands on it, I've been trying to get into it, giving it the odd spin here and there, but at this (late) point, it just doesn't seem like it's going to make friends with me - but more on that later..

Sky Eats Airplane were allegedly one of the first bands of todays scene to fuse screamo and hardcore with electronic elements, and for that, they received a great deal of underground praise with their first record "Everything Perfect On the Wrong Day". Much water has run under the bridge since then though. These days, having a keyboard in your screamo/metalcore band is more the norm than a sign of originality, but nevertheless Sky Eats Airplane are back with a lineup that's been changed to accommodate a new singer as well as an actual band (they were only two guys to begin with), aiming to set themselves apart from their contemporaries.

And that they don't do well at all. The record sounds like it has been torn between being driven by hardcore instrumentation and strange atmospheric electronica with neither doing much to establish a cohesive expression. The classic instruments simply pound away in a typically (post)-hardcore manner, while either backed or broken by passages of ambience, electronic beats and floating synth melodies. In a similar way, the vocals are half the time characterized by typical hardcore screaming, half the time by melodic clean singing that while technically alright, fail to excite me at all. At best, you could describe this mash-up of elements to be very experimental, but the truth is that Sky Eats Airplane very rarely manage to make their parts add up to form truly memorable moments.

Whether the record gets you hooked or not is going to depend on whether or not you'll fall for the curious blend of elements and the rather unique way the band has chosen to put them together. Personally, I hold on to the notion that the songs here are too loose and lacking in identity to warrant any spins post-review, but in all fairness, a record this original, well played and well produced is always going to attract someone, so if you don't always feel like relying too much on my advice, I suggest you go check out the band yourself.

Download: The Artificial, Transparent
For The Fans Of: Misery Signals, Dividing The Line, The Devil Wears Prada,
Listen: myspace.com/skyeatsairplane

Release Date 16.07.2008
Equal Vision

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