3 July 2014 Stuff We Like

mewithoutYou - Brother, Sister

mewithoutYou - Brother, Sister

I don't know if people were more sincere in 2006, but I listened to many sincere bands around then. I also watched too many people play World of Warcraft, so clearly I have made wrong turns in this life. I'm not sure if anyone was more sincere than Aaron Weiss of mewithoutYou.

As someone who mostly went to Catholic schools, Weiss's devotion was still so striking musically. On Brother, Sister, he doesn't sing as much as shout theatrically. He turns these yelps and metaphors musical.

There's conflict in this devotion. It's not the end, but a journey with belief, with yourself, and with your struggles. There are similarities to Flannery O'Connor's work, if only in the emotions. O'Connor is more subtle, elegant, and intellectual. But the heart is there in both.

I hadn't thought about mewithoutYou in a few years, but the record's arrival in our stacks was a pleasant surprise. 2006 wasn't that long ago, was it? Were people really this sincere?

– John Siegel

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