introducing X-O-FUCKIN SKELETONS and their new album Bored by Heaven

Alright, so anyone who’s talked to me much in the last month knows I’ve been binging deep into listening to American Nightmare/Give Up The Ghost. Naturally, this has led me in other directions – The Hope Conspiracy, Some Girls and XO FUCKIN SKELETONS!

Now, XO Skeletons just released a new album, Bored by Heaven, which is fucking amazing! and features guest spots by Cage who I appreciate and Benn Grim who I’ve never heard of before. Since I picked it up about two weeks ago I haven’t stopped listening to it along with their 7” release Asthmasgasm (which I picked up from Deathwish here, and i’m extremely happy with – the pink/white splatter looks fucking sick – by far the coolest 7″ i own now and it’s only $3). The album is 9 songs long clocking in at 21:27, a testament to my description of the muzik to my friends as American Nightmare meets Mindless Self Indulgence. The best I can really describe the muzik is some sort of electro hardcore hybrid with pop sensibilities and fun lyrics in a Wes Eisold fashion. If I went out dancing at a club this is the type of shit I’d want to hear…but that’s why I don’t go to the club.

[and before i get started. you can get the album from XO’s myspace here for $7.99 and support the band or download here for free – your choice]

The album starts off hard with no bullshit on the lead in track Town Crier. There’s five seconds of electro noises to set the stage and then the guitars quickly come in along with Wes’s vocals and a crazy sense of dancability. Immediately the album is undeniably fun. Stand out lyrics from the song are “I know you’re married, yea I know your pain//your finger’s been strangled by a cheap promise ring”, “at your wedding reception I started drinking//to say all the things that I had been thinking” and my personal favorite “Jesus and Mary, held a séance for me//but I wasn’t dead, I was just in Philly.” The music of the chorus also feels like a video game punching you in the face.

Next up in Spider Heaven and Hell which isn’t one of my favorites but I do thoroughly enjoy the silliness of the line “spider earth between//spider heaven and hell

The album comes back strong with Better Babes featuring Benn Grim with an ultra fast drum beat. It’s quickly accompanied some great bass and electronics. I really like this song due to multiple elements. First is the duality of the verse vocals and the screaming chorus vocals. There’s also the odd ranting between verses that reminds me of Suicidal Tendencies Institutionalized but in a comical way. There’s also a lot of amazing lyrics in the song that paint beautiful little moments and my personal favorite, “I won’t say shit till I hear a guitar……fuck that’s good!//if the speakers spill blood then I’ll drown in that flood.” In the gap after the first line the guitar comes in and every time I hear it I feel myself agreeing with Wes, fuck, that is good.

Following that is Stranger Tongues which is a good song, I just don’t have much to say about it.

Next comes Live From Planet Death (Jock Jam 1) which is one of the strongest songs of the album. It starts off with some background talk from someone trying to unite people at a rally and then it plows right into the song. It plays out strong with catchy music and lyrics that continue to drop the name of religion. The song really pulls together at the end with the first lyrics that I fell in love with on the album “I said//HEY YOU, are you feeling me?//I wanna make some history!//Devil’s on the six and God is on the seven!//Blow them both to hell and we’ll fuck all in haven!

Up next is another one of my favorites on the album, Birthdays. It short, sweet, ridiculous, a lot of fun, and kind of reminds me on the Gorrilaz song Punk which I dig a lot. It’s the result of taking a few lines, a good electronic loop, and some really bumpin bass, then throwing them all together. Give it a listen in your car while you’re driving to work. Before you know it you’ll find yourself dancing even though you don’t remember starting.

Then comes Under the Ice of Hell Freezing over. Blanks faces staring back at me, I’m under the ice of hell freezing over. And that’s really all there is to say about that song.

And now Cage appears on Lavacious Facts. This song ties Live from Planet Death for strongest song on the album (even though I think Town Crier might be my favorite). Great music, great vocals, and a great hook combined with Cage filling in the gaps between Wes’s verses makes for a bad ass combination. This song has one my favorite choruses on the album “tell me honey if we’re gonna die anyway//I only wish I could say what I wanna say/I’m on the corner with a cigarette in the rain//only you can keep cancer away.” For me, those four lines illustrate such a beautiful painting in my head.

Finally the album ends with California Needs you and Me (Advice to a Young Couple). It feels like XO mixed with a dash of California Surf Punk. It’s a good song and good way to the end album. I like the different vocal deliveries on it as well as the guitar. I also am thoroughly amused with how Wes says California and the line “Unsend ‘em our love in a plagiarized letter

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