Neil Perry - Lineage Situation (Level Plane, 2003)
Neil Perry were a band I missed. I think i mustve mostly stopped looking for new hardcore around the end of last decade into the beginning of this one. Orchid was about the only band that I had paid any bit of attention to, and all the rest fell by the wayside. I was listening to a lot of Built To Spill, Pavement, Pinback... mostly indie rock (my other obsession besides metal (doom included), hardcore and post-rock)
So when I started looking for bands like Swing Kids, Orchid, Maximillian Colby and Shotmaker I was amazed and confounded to hear all these kids talking about Orchid, Neil Perry and Saetia as being the forefathers of the current emo / screamo hardcore scene. Well this of course wasnt true to me, what about Heroin and all that jazzy chaotic stuff? What about Native Nod? You know the deal. Weve covered alot of ground in the past few weeks and I realized I forgot way more than I remembered. And it seems I missed way more than I forgot.
Neil Perry, while not rewriting any books, can be said to be clear torch carriers from the early to mid-90's wave of emo hardcore. Born in Jersey from another band that I missed out on, You and I, Neil Perry ratchets up the aesthetic into an Orchid like blinding fury. Lineage Situation collects all of the bands work, in a reverse chronological order, so you get all the new songs (4 unreleased songs to be exact) first and as the disc plays the quality gets less and less and the Orchid similarities become more obvious. But lets start at the beginning.
Nine Minutes of Non-Fiction may be one of the best hardcore songs ever written, beginning with a giant punch in the face, all Uranus and Orchid in wonderful breakneck signatures, the similarities end there as real singing is introduced with some blood curdling screaming layered underneath, and just as you can gbegin to get comfortable with this, they segue into an incredible, dark post-rock journey of mammoth proportions... all in a 3 and half minute span. This is where Neil Perry's strength lies; in their ability to suprise you with melodies and harmonies that would usually seem out of place in such forceful damaging music. The first part of the collection flows wonderful with all disparate parts painting a picture of a band that was dead before its time.
For fans of Orchid, Shikari, Envy, Saetia, City Of Caterpillar.