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on 11 January 2003
Format: Audio CD
Aina's place in their Spanish homeland is comparable to Hundred Reasons' position in the UK: both bands sound as though they have absorbed ideas derived from Fugazi and tried to graft them onto a less punk, more rock framework, and both are at the forefront of this type of music in their respective countries. It may be unpatriotic to say so, but I prefer "Bipartite" to "Ideas Above Our Station": it sounds less forced, there is a bit more variety on it, and its lyrics are always sung, not screamed (in English; they are indistinct in places but I don't think that matters greatly with this type of music). There are some great riffs on this record, and good use of the quiet-louder-loud-EXPLODE! technique. I don't suppose anyone buys a record for its cover, but the artwork here is excellent: one of the band members is a graphic designer (as is Jason Farrell, ex-Bluetip, a (defunct) band with a sound similar to Aina's). Nor does the Washington DC connection end there: J Robbins turns in another excellent production job on "Bipartite". I thought everything had gone a bit flat when "grunge" ran out of steam, but things took a definite turn for the better when bands like Aina, Bluetip, Burning Airlines and Rival Schools came along.
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Fugazi meets AC/DC! An unlikely combination, but it works!
on 20 January 2003 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Aina are one of the leading lights of Spanish post-hardcore, and evidence of the ocean-straddling appeal of the DC scene around Fugazi. The mixture of dissonance and melody, as well as the guitar breaks on Bipartite, recall the later output of Bluetip, for whom Aina profess admiration and with whom they have shared a stage in Spain. The "skittering" guitar style employed at the start of Fugazi's song "Margin Walker" puts in an appearance here too. Some detect a similarity to Jawbox - yet another DC reference - but I haven't heard anything by them, so I can't comment. However, Aina throw in an unexpected ingredient - a love of AC/DC - which endows Bipartite with great chunky riffs and a medium pace. For all that though, Bipartite is not hard rock or metal, but heavy indie rock. The lyrics are in English and are sung, not screamed; the singer's voice is pleasant but his diction is sometimes indistinct. There are some fine melodies on Bipartite and good use of the quiet-louder-very loud dynamics employed by Nirvana. J Robbins does a typically good production job and the record sounds unforced. All in all, Bipartite could well appeal if you like Sparta, Rival Schools, Hundred Reasons, Bluetip or similar bands.
on 21 March 2003 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Yes, folks, I'm going to keep this one simple. Aina is a great rock, post-hardcore, indie, etc. band. Here's the clue: if you like Jawbox, Burning Airlines(J. Robbins' current band), or Shiner, then you are going to love this album. It's moderately rocking with great dynamics throughout. Not too hard, not too soft, it's just right. I consider this a very solid purchase. Buy it.