cerebral ballzy - Canadian Music Week 2014 Report Card

CMW Report Card ’14: Cerebral Ballzy @ Lee’s Palace

Saturday, May 11. The New York hardcore outfit's set felt like dress-up.

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- May 11, 2014

Background/Composition: Cerebral Ballzy are a hardcore act from New York. Repo Man is an ‘80s cult sci-fi film starring Emilio Estevez.

Is This It?: C

There’s a scene in Repo Man where Emilo goes to a punk den and though he looks the part, something’s out of place. Frontman Honor Titus slinked around stage, droopy eyed and bantering like each word was a heavy load. There was an attempt an air of poetry, like Jim Morrison or a latter day Julian Casablancas. He spat once or twice and people seemed to like it.

Room On Fire: B

All the best songs were about skateboarding, and some memorable ones had that melodic post-hardcore anxiety. When Emilio branches out to the repossessions business, he learns where his self really lies.

Cerebral Ballzy - "Another Day" (Official Music Video)

Comedown Machine: D

As Repo Man teaches us, reality can be elusive: “We’ve got one more song then we’ll be out of your way.” Honor’s self-deprecation at the end was the whisper that threatened to shatter the performance, strangely delicate for all the noise. The question of their punk credentials is boring to me. But the set did feel both paint-by-numbers and self-indulgent.

FINAL GRADE: C-

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