Cross My Heart – Self-titled 12″ EP
The post-hardcore/emo band from Baltimore, (USA), active from about 1997 until 2001. I vaguely remember this album from first time around when I used to carry the Deep Elm titles of the late-90s/early 2000s – some of which were great (Planes Mistaken For Stars and Seven Storey Mountain immediately come to mind), but many of which I struggle to recall (were Appleseed Cast any good? hmmm…) as with Cross My Heart – which is weird, ‘cos this immediately ticks a load of boxes: breathy switching to shouty vocals and gentle indie-rock hooks building to boistrous, time-to-fall-over, intrument thrashing. A mix of Casket Lottery, Christie Front Drive, Texas Is The Reason, Vitreous Humor, Waxwing, Karate – all the bands I used to love. And, on the whole, still do. Originally released by Deep Elm and Dim Mak Records in 1998, these seven tracks remain timeless, perfect snapshots of the melodic-goes-explosive, discordant melancholy of the late-’90s, East Coast indie/emo sound. Remastered by Adam Boose at Cauliflower Audio and new lacquer masters were cut by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering. On coloured vinyl, there are four different vaiants, not sure which, combined they are limited to just 500 copies.