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“I don’t remember anything without you”. Ya knew it was coming, it’s been 7 years in the making; it’s another installment of Sophie’s Sad Times at Kinsella High, our Valentine’s Day tradition here. Have things gotten better since we started this little tradition? No. Will today be spent coping with the dismal, lonely emptiness inside each and every one of us? Yes. This year the pickings were tough, since I’ve already used up a lot of the most fitting bands for today, but figured this band fits the profile close enough, and have to be posted on here at some point. I’ll link to each other post in the comments, if you want to dive further into despair.

The Khayembii Communiqué were a three-piece screamo band from Minneapolis, Minnesota that were around mainly from 1999 to 2000. They poured a lot of passion into their limited material, releasing only one 7″ and one split (with The Vidablue, who later become Ten Grand). Sonically, they are somewhat comparable to bands like Portraits Of Past or I Hate Myself, with chaotic, throat-shredding screaming, often mixed in with unorthodox rhythms and dissonant chords. They balanced this out nicely with some quieter dynamic moments, and the inclusion of a second vocalist, who often sung clean and melodically. You can read a lot more about their history here, which was written by vocalist/guitarist Mark Shaw. Keep it sad and loud today, here’s to another year gone by, and I’ll check in with ya in another 365 days to see if there’s been a sliver of improvement. Don’t enjoy.

1. The Thirtieth
2. AM1200
3. A Year And An Ocean
4. How To Change Addictions

1. The Khayembii Communiqué – The Des Moines Tapes
2. The Khayembii Communiqué – Better Times Are Left Dead
3. The Khayembii Communiqué – Lacking
4. The Khayembii Communiqué – The Death Of An Aspiring Icon
5. The Vidablue – Engine Down
6. The Vidablue – Me And Spike Lee
7. The Vidablue – The Dukes Are Trying To Corner The Market
8. The Vidablue – I Survived The Chair

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