Every Day I Wish You Harm (Jade Tree)
by Tim Den
This pisses me off. Just when an amazing band comes along, they put out a four-song… make that three song (the fourth song is just a cover of Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”) EP that leaves you unsatiated. I want more!! Hankshaw‘s crisp, lemonade-sounding emo songs are so sensually invigorating, so painfully enjoyable to listen to, that I wish the CD didn’t end after 10 minutes. I caught them live a while ago with Elliott, and they were mesmerizing. And the singer’s stage presence just made the show that much better. One thing that’s a bit odd though… the lyrics seem to be blatantly sinister. Repeating “I wish you would die” over and over again isn’t exactly sensitive material. I guess it adds a nice and unexpected twist. Fans of Texas Is The Reason, Elliott, and other harder emo bands will love this. And you won’t believe the singer is male.
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