The Crytearions// These Songs Hate You
4 Pies & 1 Geza-X/5 Pies
Recommended Track: Morning Beatdown
Wow. I found a record once while I was digging many years ago by Geza-X and the Mommymen called YOU GODDAM KIDS and it blew my GODDAM mind. The way Geza-X took what would turn out to be conventional punk music many years later and turned it on its head with weird instrumentation and a seemingly genuine disdain for the punk culture and ethos at the time really changed me as a person. To learn that identifying as a punk and being clique-y about it was entirely UN-punk was heavy shit for a 17 year old.
The Crytearions pick up right where Geza-X left off. I mean that. After a sort of unfortunate album opener “Dumb Us Down”, where he kind of raps, and a weirdly too political second song (also a little rap-y and has the lyric “fuck the metaphor it’s a waste of time, people are dyin’ in Palestine”) this album fucking takes off. Third song “The President of Costa Rica” rips open with a chord pattern and guitar tone that almost perfectly fit with Geza-X’s own “Rio Grande Hotel.” The Crytearions keep the momentum going with bursts of 2 minute or under buzz saw guitar and drum machine bangers. It never lets up, and I want to know more about this guy.
The Crytearions is Jimmy Monaghan from Belmullet, Ireland. He is one of those awesome prolific musicians that puts out music under different monikers and in different genres like it’s a disease, like it will kill him if he doesn’t. Born in the USA (go team!) but moved to Ireland when he was a child, as a teen he was an award winning amateur boxer, winning four Irish national titles. Then he got into music: Music for Dead Birds (2 piece Failure style folk band–I know, weird right?), Christian Bookshop (2 piece acoustic folk with twinges of Neutral Milk Hotel, Elliott Smith, and Three Mile Pilot), The Crytearions (solo freak out lo-fi bedroom punk), and the by far the strangest and possibly most amazing release under the name Seamus O’Muineachain. Yep, you guessed it, it’s a solo piano album.
This guy reminds me a little of Andrew WK. They both do crazy good time party music but can sit at a piano and make you cry, and I want more. “These Songs Hate You” clocks in around 20 minutes and it feels like it. I wish that Monaghan could have put like 6 more songs on this release. I know he has it in him and I eagerly await the next project/release/personality to come out of Jimmy Monaghan.