Review – The Greenery: Spit and Argue

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The Greenery: Spit and Argue
Hardcore
Prosthetic Records
July 19th, 2011
Release length: 26:10
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California’s The Greenery is a relativenly new Hardcore band on the scene. While a band that didn’t make the most waves while unsigned, the group has gained a strong following since the announcement of their deal with Prosthetic Records to issue their debut full-length recording. Spit & Argue marks the band’s debut recording due to hit store shelves in 2011, and given the path bands like Evergreen Terrace and acts like them have been paving for quite some time now, one can only wonder what this band brings to table, and if it’s anything that unique or enjoyable.

Like many more modern Hardcore releases that have a far more aggressive atmosphere to them, the recording is pretty clear. “Spit and Argue” introduces the album with a slower paced track that really focuses on having a heavy deeper guitar sound with a decent bass presence that’s there but doesn’t really stand out that much. The drums crash along with a nice pace that shows off the thudding bass kicks that do kind of make up for the less then impressive bass guitar impact but also don’t sound that great themselves. The snares and cymbals however sounds pretty good and work with the more higher pitched screaming utilized. This track makes for a decent introduction to the album with it’s slower pace, setting up the more stylish atmosphere of the release that carries into “Hollow Bodies”, but the somewhat crushing feeling does not really follow along, as this track has more of that intense, somewhat commanding sound with a typical brotherhood feel to it with a little more of a Punk rebellious sound, especially with the screaming vocals.

That Punk youth rebellion concept appears in the heavier, faster paced “2012 Packs”. The song’s more intense offering does make for an enjoyable song with some catchier, more abrasive in-your-face moments littered throughout. The ending is a little odd since the song actually seems to end, then after a moment of silence kicks back in with a breakdown that feels like the band is just drawing the track out at that point by tacking it on instead of just transitioning to it somewhere near or at the end in a better manner. “Drag Beneath” doesn’t really have that kind of brotherly feeling, mostly because it makes for a great song to tell someone off to. The lyrics are basically telling someone to go away, and the band executes a heavy, far more aggressive sound to accompany that message well.

The song “Highest” really takes the band’s Hardcore sound a bit further, and makes for a good follow-up to the somewhat slower and much heavier “Lowest”. The song feels a bit pulled back and the vocals sometimes feel like they are being harmonized a bit here and there which sounds good, and the use of deeper gang chants works well, definitely better then the more guttural shouts that during the song “Drag beneath”. There’s really nothing much else to talk about with this release. There’s not that much variety between the songs as far as the atmosphere goes. Yes many songs do sound significantly different, but it’s all about the same. “Faceplant” stands out nice as one of the faster short songs on here worth checking out, and the aforementioned “2012 Packs” has a little more melody and two-step then other songs on here, but other then those and the first two tracks that introduce the album, there’s simply nothing that different throughout the album to really talk about.

Spit & Argue is nothing all that new, but it’s nothing too bad either. The vocals do clash a bit against the deeper music, but the more modern, stylish atmosphere works well with their combination of Punk and Hardcore for a more aggressive and rebellious album that does hit the spot if you’re a fan of bands like these. With clocking in at just under twenty seven minutes, it’s hard to justify a full-lenght price to it, but those who enjoy this approach may have more reason to defend buying it. All in all, it’s an energetic attempt that’s nothing too special, but has a few songs that do feel a little more aggressive then other bands might make the material, and overall each song does come at the listener with fists flying, making it a release that is still worth checking out.


01. Spit and Argue – 1:33
02. Hollow Bodies – 3:35
03. Faceplant – 1:10
04. 2012 Packs – 3:32
05. Drag Beneath – 2:46
06. Snakes and Rats – 2:25
07. Lowest – 2:19
08. Highest – 3:19
09. Tracker – 2:40
10. Crime Wave – 2:50
Initial Pressing Score: 7/10

The Greenery
The Greenery

Digital review copy of this release provided by Prosthetic Records.