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Even In Blackouts

Zeitgeist's Echo

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Released on August 17, 2004

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To those in the know, Even In Blackouts have created an impeccable reputation in the underground music scene since 2001 releasing a full length on Lookout Records, and an EP on our own Knock Knock Records. In the past three years they have developed quite a following, not because of the drawing power of John Jughead, one of the founding members of the seminal second wave punk band Screeching Weasel, rather, it has been due to their unique acoustic sound. The sound is definitely pop-punk with a spirited approach. I know what you are thinking, acoustic pop-punk? Stop for a moment, close your eyes and picture energetic, powerful guitars matched with an equally capable rhythm accompaniment. Think about throaty female lead vocals and harmonies. Imagine an acoustic band that can flat outperform any distorted rock band.

Even In Blackouts sophomore effort, “Zeitgeist’s Echo” continues their carefully crafted sound, their songwriting is honest, playful and expansive. To be quite honest, we feel that this album is simply another chapter in a continually changing story arch. The album has been ably produced by Mass Giorgini, the man who single handedly defined the 90’s underground pop sound with Screeching Weasel, the Queers, and the Teen Idols, moreover, “Zeitgeist’s Echo” demonstrates Even In Blackouts increasing refinement as they continue to evolve as artists.

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 with 9 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Unforeseen  0%
2 The Threshold Opening  0%
3 Dear Resonance Voted #1  16%
4 In A Letter Never Sent Voted #3  15%
5 If...  9%
6 One Fine Day  15%
7 Quote From A Respected Smart Ass  0%
8 Schadenfreude  2%
9 Song For Remembrance Voted #2  16%
10 The Writer  10%
11 The Threshold Closing  0%
12 Darling You  1%
13 Consequences  4%
14 Curtain Pt. 1  1%
15 Curtain Pt. 2  0%
16 Curtain Pt. 3  0%
17 Heaven  11%
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Kevin from Houston, TX 
Nov 30 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

A great album with a cool cover of 60's hit "One Fine Day". I really love this band. This band is living proof that you don't buzzsaw guitars or hammering drums to have a good sound. Great album, get it!

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Eric from Longview, WA 
Jun 20 2006 Rating: 3/5 Stars

I still don't know how I feel about this band. Jughead from Screeching Weasel is in it...that's cool! It's acoustic Pop-Punk with female vocals & it's done really well. I just don't know if I'm down with the sound?!?!?! Is it rockin' enough? I guess if you have to ask you know the answer. Sorry this just isn't doing it for me. Pick up Myths & Imaginary Magicians instead.

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Andrew from Willowick, OH 
Aug 6 2005 Rating: 3/5 Stars

This disc didn't do all that much for me. Still hoping anything related to Screeching Weasel will sound like them. No luck. It is okay though, pretty decent female vocals. I like the earlier releases better. Ok.

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M from Keighley, United Kingdom 
Jun 1 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This cd is full of great acustic pop punk,beautiful harmonies, inteligent lyrics and unusual song structures. There aren't many bands who do this sort of stuff, its different, can be relaxing, energetic, a bit of a mixed bag, but great.

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Josh from Christiansburg, VA 
Apr 20 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Even in Blackouts have definitely done it again. "Myths and Imaginary Magicians" was one of the best music purchases I've ever made, and I knew the band would have to step it up to surpass the talents that they displayed on this disc. They did not disappoint. "Zeitgeist's Echo" is a fantastic work full of the things that you've grown to know and love about EIB, and it includes an even broader sound and range of talents that will make you love this band even more. Overall, this is an excellent work, and the band should be commended on a job well done. I'm already eagerly anticipating the next work -- and I know I won't be disappointed. My personal favorite tracks -- "The Writer," "Song for Remembrance," and "Consequences."

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Alex from So. Amboy, NJ 
Feb 14 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is one of the greatest albums I've bought in a very long time. I've bought the past three EIB releases as soon as they came out and they do nothing but improve and blow me away with their talent. If you love music you need this album. The arrangement alone shows how much time and effort this band put into making this an amazing album. Like a brilliant play or a perfect piece of literature this album takes you on a journey to a place you've only dreamed about. Listening to it is nothing less than a blissful experience that you will not regret. Get that, punk rock bliss. How often can you find that.

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Graham from Morton Grove, IL 
Sep 17 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is easily EIB's best and most accomplished release, and an interesting signpost to their future sound(s). Lizzie's choir-educated vocals are absolutely amazing (the beauty and levity of her voice can occasionally make me cry, I must shamefacedly admit), with constant touring obviously having had a disciplinary effect on her voice. The musicianship is uniformly excellent too, with an eclectic mix of punk-and-other sounds from acoustic to electric to wall-of-sound(check) to sea shanty(!) to outdoor sounds to spoken Italian (for some reson).

However, it has to be said, that this is a somewhat depressing album. A stark, autumnal, melancholic mood permeates the songs about life-stormtossed existential angst, psychological paralysis, dead friends, self-examination, self-hatred, and predatory women. The cover and insert, with pictures of tombstones, ruined buildings and the band gathered round a dead member, all add somewhat to the overall dense, inwardly-downward-looking vibe.

John Pierson's complex, compact, questioning lyrical wordwork (the novelist/playwright in him coming through) sometimes sound very weighty and leaden coming from somebody so young and fresh-sounding as Lizzie. However, if poetry and earthbound gravity is the zeitgeist you want to hear echoed, you're in the right place. All in all this is a superb, intriguing, eccentric album, and definitely one of the year's most interesting.

G.

PS: The cover of One Fine Day, the old 60s shoobydoobydoobydoobydoobydoowopwop Carole King song and the lightest spot on the album, is absolutely superb, one of the best covers I have ever heard, and I have not been able to stop listening to it. Let Lizzie do a happier song or two more next time, John. You (and the audience) won't be disappointed.

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Sam from Montpelier, VT 
Aug 19 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Finally the wait is over. EIB puts out another kick ass disc. I feel this album is a bit of a depart from their "acoustic punk" approach from their first LP. Not a bad thing either, in my opinion. I'd have to say my favorite song is "Heaven." Liz's voice is full of beauty and eloquence. The lyrics are awfully depressing though; but, who doesn't love a sad song? OK, I'm straying from my point...What was my point? Oh yeah, by this album. You'll be glad you did.

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Gary from Laurens, SC 
Aug 18 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I just got this album in the mail today and let me tell you that it is a truly amazing one. This album is different from the first two releases by eib, but in this case different is good because this is the best so far in my opinion(which really doesn't mean much I know). Eib does a great job whith the acoustic guitars, the sound is awesome. Lizzie's voice is soothing and rockin at the same time. I absolutely love her voice. You did great things in this album eib, keep it up.

 
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