Album: We Love You Split
Release: April 29, 2016
Our Take: “Stream It”
Krelboyne has been one of the most consistent bands in the Central Illinois music scene over the past two years, but they’ve also been one of the most unfairly overlooked and under-appreciated. The Champaign-Urbana band successfully blends frontman Tyler Headrick’s gentle vocals with bassist Tyler Day’s bellowing screams over soft, weaving instrumentation that explodes into a atom-bomb of distortion at the flip of a switch. It’s a satisfying blend between post-hardcore and pop-punk that would only come from kids growing up on bands from the mid-2000s and it’s rare to find a group who does it right.
The four-piece brings that sound to life on their split with Indiana band We Love You, hitting all the talking points of the mid-2000s without any glam or shudder. Krelboyne’s 3-song side of the spit is well-polished and the recording quality is some of the best in recent memory in terms of releases from Champaign-Urbana bands in the punk and emo scene. The peak of the split comes in at “Cut,” which is nearly 3-minutes, but it’s over before you know it and you’re ready to skip back and listen to it again. “Blue” has a similar effect almost completely due to the track’s slow build up almost a minute in, as Headrick repeatedly swoons, “I will stay blue/And I will stay right where you wanted me to.” The song keeps you attentive, working as a three-and-a-half minute build to Day giving one of the best finale screams you’ll hear. Plus, you finally get to hear the Tylers layer up their contradicting vocals right before the bassist takes over.
It’s a quick release you’ll probably find yourself coming back to time and time again, although not one that will go down as one of the best releases in CU this past decade or even this year – but that’s the nature of Krelboyne. They’re a treat to those curious enough to give them a shot and a lucky find to those who stumble upon their music.