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Album Review

On their second album, St. Louis-based screamo kids Calico System only barely tweak the formula of their debut: deep-voiced screamer dude on the verses, higher-pitched sensitive guy handling the mildly anguished choruses, and the band playing roughly the 16-millionth permutation of quiet-loud-quiet since the Pixies first formed. That said, Calico System at least have the relative novelty of having one guy, Mark Owens, handling both the guttural and clean vocals. Plus, the quintet (recently expanded with the addition of second guitarist Rick Giordano) have the formula down to such a point that they manage to insert the occasional melody into the proceedings, as on the genuinely catchy chorus of the single "Running with Scissors." Overall, however, there's little new or different here, and They Live is strictly for devoted screamo fans.


Formed: 1998 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Although the name suggests something to do with either kittens or old-fashioned fabrics, the Calico System are in fact a standard-issue metalcore band from St. Louis, MO. Claiming Pantera and Helloween as their primary influences, the Calico System formed in 1998, playing local gigs and recording demos with a variety of lineups until a final version of the group solidified in 2001. Singer Mark Owens, guitarist Shawn Keith, bassist Nick Schaflein, and drummer Erik Ramsier self-released the Calico...
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