Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Review #152: Diehatzu Hijets - Farmer Automatic (EP) (2010)


Year: 2010
Genre: Acoustic Rock
Label: None
Tracks: 3
Length: 12 Minutes
Style: Emotional
My Rating: 7/8

Diehatzu Hijets has a bassist named Drew Lamb, now... just pointing that out. Who the hell even reads these, anyways?? But yesh, this is the second Diehatzu Hijets thingy, and at theese point, Drew still wasn't in the band. This is a 3-song digital EP with mainly acoustic stuff, apparently either acoustic versions of three songs from the album that comes out this month, "Doo Doo Boy" (professionally pressed!), or three acoustic songs from the album that comes out this month, "Doo Doo Boy" (professionally pressed!). Your call. Maybe Layne can get back to me on that one. I first found out about this back in July, so I'm assuming it was unveiled about then. Three songs. One down-load. So let's load it on down to the old PC, hell, even make a little CD of it and then print out the cover art and stuff (something I do a lot when I find free music). As you can see on the cover here, there is Layne... playing a guitar, as a dog, one of his loyal fans giving him undying attention gazes on. Because dogs love music, didn'tcha know? I'm not sure. Dogs can perceive a whole layer of sounds that human beings can't, so that layer of sounds is probably either going to be the most beautiful melodies that reach the ears just by stroking a single chord, or some horrible freakish sound that makes nails on a chalkboard sound like the Beatles. Now for the song-reviewz, dudezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... zzz... zzzzzzZZzzz... zzz -- oh, sorry, I feel asleep for a second, there. THERE. IS a DOT. ON THE SCREEEEN! YAEY! (Update: I just checked the release date and it was JUNE! AGGHHH! NOOOOOO!)

1. O Me
All of the songs are acoustic, so it's all just Layne singing along with his MAGICAL GUITAR, boys n' girls! I love the riff. It sounds great. The song starts off with the chorus, and then there are some really good verses, and Layne's singing just brings more texture to the song. The song's about losing your way in life needing to pick yourself up off the ground and brush off before heading back the direction you intended to. In the end of the song, he adds a little more lead to the riff. I thought that sounded really good. Best and longest song. I'm not sure if it's gonna be a different version on the new album, but it'd be really cool to hear this one with electric guitars and drums... though this version does feel a little more personal.

2. Couldn't Stand
This one's faster. In this song there are a few overdubs, including some more acoustic lead and background synths. The song continues on a similar theme to returning from feeling lost inside yourself and overthinking about problems. The bridge section is pretty nice, also. "I can feel it coming back".

3. Take a Run
This one feel's more folky. I like the little chingy sounds (tambourine?) in the chorus, and there's an extra guitar in that section as well. Really great chorus and it's a pretty optimistic-feeling song, with a good solo in the middle. This song seems to be about maybe Layne deciding to head "west for the mountains" to find that place to go to pursue his dreams in life. It's a real great way to end the record.

The record is sort of a teller of "what's to come" on the full-length album slated for release this month. If you want to hear even more new Diehatzu Hijets songs, they are on the band's MySpace, so enjoy those ones as well. I'm looking forward to that. If you want to download the EP, you can get it at this link:


Hope you enjoy it. Also coming soon from Diehatzu Hijets is a split album featuring Diehatzu Hijets and my band, White Noize! Available on cassette tapes as the first release from Ulcer Records! The official site for Ulcer Records can be found at this link:


BYE, NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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