Band: Vitreous Humor
There are a few things I keep in mind when wading in rows upon rows of used CDs. One of them is a CD’s visual aesthetic. Another is the record label. True, it’s easy to end up with duds looking for the prettiest CD in the pile, but every once in a while, it works out. It helps when you know a physical stylistic element matches the music it accompanies, and the key there is often found with the name of the record company that produced the album.
Things fell into place when I found Vitreous Humor’s Posthumous. I’m an emo-defender/fan/documentarian (if you’re curious, check out my latest article on the current scene for Newcity), so Vitreous Humor’s name set off a few bells in my head. The album’s cover certainly rang true: It’s stark minimalism and bold lettering spelled mid-’90s emo. Once I turned the CD case over and saw the little “crank!” symbol in the lower left-hand corner, I knew I had a winner.
Emo acts like Mineral, Boys Life and Cursive released music through Crank!, and Vitreous Humor certainly sound at home on the label. Posthumous hooked me once the second track, “Why Are You So Mean To Me?,” filled my speakers, and floored me by the time I made it to “Sharin’ Stone.” I don’t know why I never owned this album before stumbling on it a couple months back. Posthumous is filled with the kind of cathartic anthems that manage to strike an emotional core while having a nice bit of edge to them. It is, in a (hyphenated) word, post-hardcore. It is also just what I had been looking for.