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Album Review

Your Enemies Friends offer up a kind of post-hardcore/post-grunge-ish, high-energy guitar rock on You Are Being Videotaped; guitars are angular and distorted, basses pulse in a fuzzed tone, and drums hammer hard on the syncopation and backbeats. But, like many rock bands of the early 2000s, Your Enemies Friends sprinkle in a nice layer of keyboards on the bookends of You Are Being Videotaped. Your Enemies Friends seem to second-guess themselves in the middle of the record — almost showing that they can be varied and different and not giving in to their straight-up post-hardcore instincts, which makes for a bit of a schizophrenic listen. Though it has been said many times about many post-grunge bands, Your Enemies Friends have definitely listened to Nirvana records and/or Dave Grohl-related projects — the evidence lies in tracks like "Back of a Taxi," "Columnist," and "Unusual Signal." The mathy, metal riffage of "Excommunication List" is definitely a highlight, with its nice, quirky noise and dissonance that eventually drop into a Brit-rock Pink Floyd-ish chillout. You Are Being Videotaped is a decent record that moves all over the distorted guitar rock map, but Your Enemies Friends always seem to find their way back to their influences — which could prove an interesting tool for furthering their future releases.


Formed: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

According to vocalist/guitarist Ronnie Washburn, the punky indie rock band Your Enemies Friends formed in Los Angeles "out of boredom." With Dana James (bass/vocals), Allen Watke (guitar), Aska Matsumyia (keyboards), and Luis-Carlos Contreas (drums), the lineup was set. Early on, the band shared stages with the Promise Ring and the Dillinger Escape Plan. Buddyhead released their debut EP, The Wiretap, and the band relocated to Seattle. Unhappy with life in what they called "the suicide capital of...
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