Try Me

Album Review of Try Me by Self Defense Family.

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Try Me

Self Defense Family

Try Me by Self Defense Family

Release Date: Jan 7, 2014
Record label: Deathwish Inc.
Genre(s): Pop/Rock

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Try Me - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

Pitchfork - 72
Based on rating 7.2/10

Over 10 years and dozens of releases—both under their current name and previously as End of a Year—the post-hardcore band Self Defense Family have built themselves out of perversity. Before the so-called “emo revival” became widely reported on in 2013, frontman Patrick Kindlon and crew had already rekindled the cathartic desperation of Fugazi’s two primary predecessors in the mid-80s, Rites of Spring and Embrace (“End of a Year” being a song by the latter). Emo never really went away—but with End of a Year, it finally came full circle.

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Pretty Much Amazing - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Self Defense Family has been around in some form for over a decade, although Try Me is their first full-length album under that particular band name. Previously they were known as End of a Year and have spent the better part of the last five years transitioning from one band name to the other. In true punk fashion, they’ve put out a wealth of albums, EPs, 7” singles and split releases over the years.

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