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Kinch's Brian Coughlin on Black One, Come on Die Young, and Andrew and His Fiesty Felines

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Hardcore punks Come on Die Young's record is available for sale on the band's BandCamp site.
So that was Come On Die Young, "Gold and Time." What did you think?

I think it sounds like they are doing exactly what they want to be doing. You know what I mean? They can all play their instruments really well, and they are going after a really specific aesthetic, which sounds like they are pulling off exactly what they want. I just never listen to punk rock. I couldn't even tell you who their influences are, or recommend who I think they would fit on a bill with.

It's funny to me, because they remind me of Planes Mistaken For Stars, who at the time, the late '90s, early 2000s, people used to call stuff like that 'emo.' And now that's such a neutered term, it doesn't imply any aggression at all. With this, the vocals are screamy, I get the sense that they are saying something important. It feels important. It sounds important. The singing parts -- some of the singing bothered me by being a little off key.

Yeah, but I don't know if being off key is a bad thing for what they are doing. You know, like...I just think that if I was recording this song, doing vocals, it would be very difficult for me to figure out what they are supposed to sound like. You get a very good idea, with what all the instruments, it's just a really solid piece of music underneath what's being sung.

I like it. I would rather listen to this than almost anything called pop punk. That stuff doesn't do much for me and this has -

Kind of a guttural thing? Yeah. It doesn't sound super pretty. That's why it's difficult to criticize the vocals, because you feel like they blasted this out in one take.

They seem to have a real grasp on their aesthetic. They artwork, and everything, the limited seven-inch. They know exactly what they want to me be doing and I totally respect that. When bands do that - it's a lot harder to pull of than it seems. They just imagine, 'We're in a hardcore punk band, and the name is going to be Come On Die Young, and we're going to go in and bust out a record, print a hundred copies.' I totally get that, and respect it, and am even jealous of it in some ways. They seem to have such a clear idea of what they are trying to do.

I would have to defer to the judgment of someone else as to how good it is. When I hear this kind of stuff -- if you muted the vocals, I could appreciate it -- but when those come in, it's hard for me to have an emotional response to what's happening with that song, it's like, someone is yelling at me. I, unlike you, listen to the radio constantly, and I'm a sucker for pop song and a hook. I think some of the best bands are the ones that manage to combine elements like this band with pop accessibility.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.