It bled only to be resurrected, the reissue of Pass the Flask by hardcore band The Bled, hit record stores March 20.The Bled, natives of Tucson, Ariz. first blasted onto the music scene in 2001. The band consists of vocalist James Munoz, drummer Mike Pedicone, bass player Darren Simoes, and guitarists’ Jeremy Talley and Ross Ott.
The Bled first recorded Pass the Flask in Tucson in 2003 where they printed and sold 1000 copies of the album.
The band quickly grew in popularity eventually signing with Vagrant Records and released ‘Found in the Flood’ in 2005.
“When we released Found in the Flood, a lot of people though it was our first record,” said Talley in an article on Vagrant.com.
The band’s popularity can easily be linked to the band’s sound. They don’t have, in my opinion, a very unique sound.
They have what I have deemed the typical post-hardcore sound. Emo-style lyrics, think Dashboard Confessional. Yet, instead of singing them like some kind of lovesick puppy, Munuoz screams his lungs out. The instrumentals aren’t that bad, amazing heavy pulsating guitar riffs, some crazy ambient sounds but Pedicone needs to learn to lay off the symbols.
The real beauty behind the reissue of Pass the Flask is the album also features 11 previously unreleased or hard-to-find bonus tracks. The album is like a two for one deal. The bonus tracks come from two of the bands previous EPs, His First Crush and The Ambulance Romance.
There are only a couple songs on this album worthy of head banging your way to acute back strain: You Know Who’s Seatbelt and I Never Met Another Gemini.
You Know Who’s Seatbelt has a fast guitar riff that makes you just want to get up and dance. Once you’re all pumped up and dancing the song starts to get real heavy. You’re forced to just start head banging uncontrollably and bending up and down from the waist.
I Never Met Another Gemini is nothing more than amazing. The song has moments when it’s really heavy and others when it’s really melodic. In this song, Munoz goes from soft gentle singing to throat scratchy screaming.
When I first listened to The Bled, I immediately thought they sounded a lot like Every Time I Die (ETID). Munouz use’s similar screaming techniques as ETID front man Keith Buckley. In my opinion, any fan of From Autumn to Ashes, Atreyu or I Killed the Prom Queen would enjoy The Bled.