Friday, July 13, 2007

Jeremin - Arizona's Forgotten


How many posts out there begin with "I don't really know much about..." Well, I don't know much about Jeremin. They put this 7" out in the mid nineties some time (King of the Monsters #06), and promptly erased all signs of existence. I got the ep from a distro on a whim, and thought it was the promise of future greatness. Perhaps it could have been. The sound is a good mix of 90's "emo" (those who were listening at the time know what I mean) and some of the more metallic yet emotive bands of the time. The result is chaotic and vicious, yet thoughtful and compelling. The guitarists employ angular, discordant riffs, but they and the drummer let up every once in a while to let the bass be heard. And check out the soft part at the end of the first track with the attempt at singing. I did not expect that when I first listened to this thing. While they did flirt a little with odd time signatures, they weren't exactly "mathy" or anything, they were just a solid, tight-playing hardcore band.

If you manage to track down a copy of this ep, you will enjoy the layout, guaranteed! It may be the best packaged 7" I have ever seen. The cover has a little plastic window with a slug-type organism screened on it, and when you close the sleeve properly the window lies on top of a little patch of foil on the back cover flap. Insanity! The sleeve has a 14 or so page booklet stapled in side. The layout on these pages is simple, yet somewhat elegant. Lyrics are provided, and are, for lack of a better term, personal (sometimes bordering on political). This little nugget is worth tracking down, and if you know anything about this band, comment away!



12 comments:

Corianton said...

Hey — I'm the guy who sang for Jeremin. I have the studio mixes on CD if you want higher quality files. Great to read about the project, so many years later.. thanks.

Batguano said...

Hey there! When I started this blog, I was hoping things like this would happen. Thanks for getting in touch. I am definitely interested in getting ahold of those files if it's not too much trouble. Maybe you could upload them somewhere (?) and leave the link here... whatever works for you. Also, feel free to plug any other old, new, or future bands you have been, are , or will be involved in (if you're still involved at all). Thanks again... Love the EP!!!

corianton said...

You got it —

http://www.corianton.com/jeremin/seveninch.zip

Best,

c.

Batguano said...

Thanks for doing that. The tracks sound pretty damn good!!

Anonymous said...

i used to love jeremin and see them in Tucson. my band toured with boysetsfire in 2006 and nathan knew jeremin from my ipod. you're right about the 7" having the best layout. i even had a handmade 7" from their last show, but it was stolen when my house was broken into.

jeremiah said...

yo... i love the hell out of my jeremin 7" and have been looking for high quality mp3's for years... im having trouble downloading the zip that the link corianton posted... it always stops halfway through... if i could get anyone to re-up it to like mediafire or rapidshare or megaupload or anything really.... i really really want this. and i will love you forever. jeremin was amazing... had members of the band overcome i think. let me know...

jeremiah said...

ok nevermind about the upping it. i tried from another computer and got it to work.... thanks so much. love this 7"

Batguano said...

Jeremiah- Yeah, this 7" rules. Good to see you got the download to work.

Elkay said...

I was in a record shop in Milwaukee when I first heard the band (my high fidelity moment), and my friend bought the 7".

Been looking for a copy since then but I finished my study and my friend lost the 7". Thank you for the mps3.

Anonymous said...

I just got this 7" at a record store in LA. great packaging, was really intrigued from the get go flipping through it. my copy is pretty worn down and the noise on it is annoying. could you reup that Corianton zip? thank you!

Batguano said...

Sure thing. I'll put it here:
http://www.mediafire.com/?icgr0791oa80aqb

and in the post. Thanks for letting me know about the dead link!

Cory Calvin said...

Hey there! I know it's been a while but can you re-up the link to the mp3's again? Thanks!