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Gentlemen Prefer Blood / Press

“(Translated from Japanese) ...The two songs provided by "Gentlemen Prefer Blood" on this release includes the hit "New Year's Resolution" as the first song! The huge chorus shows the influence of "Tenement" and "Husker DU", and will linger in your ears! A live performance of this song would, without a doubt, get the crowd fired up! The guitar phrases of the following "Rochester" are reminiscent of the "Descendents" album "All", and is absolutely one of the Cruz label's most famous pop-punk numbers! "Gentlemen Prefer Blood" will leave you wanting more!"”

“(Translated from Japanese) Members from the AMERICAN LIES, former group BIG IN JAPAN, and THE GAIN form noteworthy LA “melodic punk band” GENTLEMEN PREFER BLOOD (what a name!) and make a SPLIT album with BONSAI!!! It is a 2013 re-release from ON THE REAL RECORDS and SERIOUS MOONLIGHTING RECORDS!!!!!! GENTLEMEN PREFER BLOOD offers 2 songs, starting with the extremely cool SCENE DESPOILER, where HUSKER DU and OFF WITH THEIR HEADS plus the pop-punk taste of CRUZ add an exquisite melodic punk sound. Deep, gravelly vocals sung with utmost sorrow, added with an exquisite, crying guitar melody make a great, dramatic opening song!!! Moving on, ROUGH DRAFT also gradually heats up and has a melodic punk chain melody with an overflowing maturity that can only be attained by a veteran artist!!! Ignore BONSAI and pay attention to GENTLEMEN PREFER BLOOD!! I highly recommend only GENTLEMEN PREFER BLOOD!! The white album is limited to 200 copies!!!”

"...Gentlemen Prefer Blood plays along the lines of L.A. compatriots American Lies and The French Exit—or Latterman and Off With Their Heads, to be less regional. “New Year’s Resolution” kicks right off with a killer singalong chorus, a definite highlight of the split."

"To that point, Gentlemen Prefer Blood are one of those groups that has cracked the code and crafted a melodically catchy and lyrically engaging sound in the pop punk genre, a genre which I love, but which I think offers a challenge for being inventive within. They carry the pop in their songwriting sensibility, and the punk in the look-life-in-the-eyes effect. On "Rochester", my favorite of their two tracks, Todd Smailes sings of "keeping guarded in the underground/saving smarts for the showdown" in a gravely tone set over inviting palm mutes and, in seconds, your ears are met with a rise of vocal harmonies that somehow make the song arrive both emotionally and sonically, a rare accomplishment in just over two minutes."

“Both acts on this split hail from L.A. and play fairly similar brands of pop-infused punk. They also mark the return of Radius Records after twenty years of dormancy. Gentlemen Prefer Blood, in addition to having an awesome name, have an unpolished enthusiasm that carries a massive singalong chorus on "New Year's Resolution", while "Rochester" is a bit darker in tone. Both songs feature voluminous riffs and harmonies that will have the kids in the pit flying. This is not a genre altering release but it is two very promising bands that could help to form the next wave of American pop-punk.”

“It’s the Inland Empire vs. LA on this new split out of SoCal. Bonsai! are a powerful band based out of Riverside, featuring tight arrangements, prominent bass, and shout-a-long vocal punctuation. The buzz-saw guitars and strong melodic lines remind me a lot of one of the great Chicago bands of the 80s and 90s, Naked Raygun. Gentlemen Prefer Blood, hailing from LA, while a little less in-your-face powerful than Bonsai, make up for it in the maturity and complexity of the songs. I hear multiple influences here, ranging from Social D to Husker Du, yet the overall result is somewhat unique, and no other band sounds quite like this. I particularly like the vocals from Todd Smailes, featured on the first of the band’s two tracks. They’re solid, on key, and with just the right amount of gravel. So which band wins this battle? You should pick up this 7” and decide for yourself.”

“LA natives Gentlemen Prefer Blood, however, is all punk. The three-piece’s fast, growly set really got the crowd moving. The band was very experienced and crafty, dealing easily with a broken guitar string and three or four microphones knocked over by sprawling moshers. I think the lead singer may have been kicked in the face, too, though it certainly didn’t slow him down. I’m rubbish with punk, but I will say I sensed some Rancid and Irish Punk themes in the music. You punks can call me stupid after checking out some of the free music on their Bandcamp.”

“The name evoked horrible images of banal Boston quasi-tough guy metallic “hardcore” bands, so the fact that they actually sound more like All stripped down to their punk rock basics was a bit of a surprise. They pick one tempo and keep most of the tunes hovering around it, but the songwriting’s catchy, the performances are solid, and there are enough noodly bits to keep things interesting. Although I have yet to subject this to it, I’m fairly certain it’ll past the “how good does this sound full blast in the car?” test with flying colors.”

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