This is part of a Retrospective that covers the entire bands discography. You can find the post for the previous album here. There’s also an introduction and disclaimer that you can read here, that I strongly suggest you start out with.
I Scream I Scream is Blood on the Dance Floor’s first EP release, and is one of three EP’s they released back in 2009 after their second full length album It’s Hard to Be a Diamond in a Rhinestone World. And despite it only consisting of 5 tracks, it is by far one of the bands most solid and consistent releases, as well as one of my favourite albums of all time.
In fact, if I were to recommend a Blood on the Dance Floor album for a newcomer to start with, I’d likely pick this one first and foremost. Because not only is every single song on this EP outstanding, and among the bands best work, but there’s also only 5 of them, condensing the sound of early BOTDF into a short experience that barely reaches above 15 minutes. It’s shorter than an episode of Anime. There’s no reason to not try this out.
So, let’s just jump right into this one. Every song on this release is absolutely iconic and super memorable, and unlike the previous full length release that came before it, I Scream I Scream, returns to the previous level of variety seen on the bands debut album, with every track sticking out from one another with their own unique sound and style. True to EP’s name, the screaming vocals of Garrett Ecstasy are also much more prominent this time around, and play a more key role in the music than before, giving a more definitive Crunkcore aesthetic that blends together brilliantly with the softer, more upbeat Synthpop elements of the record. Dahvie and Garrett make a surprisingly great duo, and their distinctly different voices compliment each other really well, which makes it even more of a shame that the two of them would never record another full length album together after this and the two other EP’s released in 2009.
As for the songs themselves, as I mentioned earlier, every single one of them is iconic. Particularly the opening track, Scream For My Ice Cream, which is practically an iconic cult classic at this point. This song would also be re-recorded for the bands third full length album Epic, with Jayy Von Monroe replacing Ecstasy on screaming vocals, but this version of the song will always be the superior one for me. It’s a bright, catchy, upbeat Synthpop song, and when combined with Garrett’s amazing screaming vocals, makes for one of the best tracks BOTDF has ever recorded. Of course, the lyrics are as juvenile as ever, but you can forgive stupid lines like “let’s get this party started, drink ’til we get retarded!” when they’re delivered with such a powerful and energetic scream. And the beat is absolutely banging. I can’t hate this song. It’s iconic, MySpace, Scene Kid trash. And it’s awesome.
Siq With A Q is probably my favourite track on the entire album, and is quite possibly my favourite out of all of BOTDF’s early work. It’s a super catchy, upbeat, Synthpop song with an extremely bouncy melody and one of the catchiest choruses I’ve ever heard. “I’m so sick I’ll make you vomit, go ahead and leave your comments” is just so damn catchy. It’s trashy Scene Kid Crunkcore at its best, and it’s incredible.
Up All Night! is probably the weakest track on the album, but that’s honestly not saying much when there’s so much good in here. It’s a pretty standard dance track, with some really repetitive lyrics that can get a little grating towards the end, but it’s nothing I find myself skipping or absolutely despising. It’s a good track and its catchy.
Miss Bipolar (Love Fight) is yet another unique track that throws in some guitars that drive the entire track, making for a more heavy, punk sounding song with Synthpop elements in the background. And Garrett delivers some of the best vocal performances of his entire career during the chorus, where he sings pretty freaking well. Even Dahvie doesn’t sound too bad here during the verses. The final stretch of the song is also incredible, with a slow acoustic section that slowly builds up into one final explosion of screamed vocals, high energy guitar and one final chorus. Absolutely phenomenal.
And finally, the album closes with Suicide Club, which again is one of my favourite early Blood on the Dance Floor tracks. The spoken word verses are pretty damn catchy, and even have a throwback line to the song Modern World Christ from the bands debut album Let’s Start a Riot which is a nice little nod. The chorus is also fantastic, and in all honesty, features some of the best singing of Dahvie Vanity’s entire fucking career. I find it hard to believe that he’s the one singing this. It’s that good. It’s also just a super catchy chorus in general, and super relatable to my own experiences with depression and anxiety. I love this song. So much. It’s amazing.
Like much of Blood on the Dance Floor’s earliest work, I Scream I Scream is unapologetically juvenile, trashy and silly, but if you’re willing to forgive that and take it for what it is, you’ll find one of the most consistent and varied Synthpop EP’s ever released. It’s fun, it’s catchy and it’s well produced, and every single track stands out as something different. And at only around 15 minutes, with 5 tracks, there’s no reason not to give this one a go. It’s one of the bands best releases, and one of my favourite albums of all time, and I have no regrets giving this a 10/10. It’s that good.
And now, here’s some track ratings for you all:
- Scream For My Ice Cream – 10/10
- Siq With A Q – 10/10
- Up All Night! – 8/10
- Miss Bipolar (Love Fight) – 10/10
- Suicide Club – 10/10
Suicide Club, Miss Bipolar (Love Fight), Siq With A Q
Up All Night! (But it’s still amazing, nothing on this EP is bad)
Would I recommend it?
As I said earlier in this post, yes. I would absolutely recommend I Scream I Scream. Honestly, if you’re looking for the best place to start with early Blood on the Dance Floor and don’t want to commit your precious time to a full length release, I strongly suggest starting here. With 5 of the bands best tracks, condensed into a runtime of around 15 minutes, this EP perfectly encapsulates the very best of the bands early sound, and features some of the best vocals from both Dahvie and Garrett. It’s a solid release, and easily among the bands best work. I cannot recommend it enough.
And unlike the previous albums, there’s no special edition or re-release to discuss this time around, so…
Next up, we’ll be tackling the bands next two EP’s in a single post: OMFG Sneak Peek! and Extended Play. Why the one post? Mostly because there’s not an awful lot to say about these two. Extended Play is only two tracks long, and OMFG Sneak Peek! mostly consists of demo material that would be remade for the bands then upcoming third studio album Epic. But there’s still some things worth discussing with these releases, and they’re both notable for being Garrett Ecstasy’s last recordings before he abruptly left the band in 2009 for… Reasons… That we’ll get into. Maybe.
But until next time!