*This review was composed by Zac Lomas and edited by Erik van Rheenen
If the Internet has taught us anything in past years, it’s that there is a direct correlation between pictures of cats and popularity. If this is, in fact, the case, then the recently released two-song split from Pet Symmetry and Dikembe, with its Polaroid cat picture gracing the cover is sure to earn its fair share of success.
The split opens with Pet Symmetry’s “Boldly Going Nowhere,” and Evan Weiss once again proves that no matter who he teams up with, the result is always musical brilliance. This time Erik Czaja and Marcus Nuccio are the guilty parties in this pop-punk/90s-emo venture that combines airy, uplifting guitars with Weiss’ distinctly melancholia-laced voice. Lyrically, Weiss continues to prove his worth as a wordsmith with such gems as, “Living alone is never where you will call your home.” This track holds up easily against his work with Into It. Over It., proving his genuine versatility as a musician.
Complementing Pet Symmetry’s track is “Keys to the Jeep” by up-and-coming Gainesville natives Dikembe, who have been making waves within the current emo revival. As if to pay homage to the greats (The Get Up Kids, Texas is the Reason, etc.) the track features minimal production, resulting in seemingly distant and reserved vocals, punctuated by cacophonous drums. The gritty guitars of Ryan Willems and Steven Gray create an almost nostalgic atmosphere and accent the aching despair present in Gray’s lyrics, such as, “I get lost in my own eyelids. / Stay defrosted till next winter.”