from icoulddietomorrow, June 11, 2010:
I’ve joked before that the Conversions were a screamo band, to which Chris said, “By accident. We just tried to play post punk fast, but then we discovered that if you speed up post punk, it’s screamo.” Releasing their first LP on Level Plane just sort of added to that. I don’t think mocking a certain genre does much good, but I’ll just say I don’t really think that’s the best classification for the Conversions. Maybe I’ll go with Stretcheads worship? Post-punk/hardcore? Who really cares?
It’s hard for me to not get a little bit nostalgic writing about this band. The Conversions played at the first punk show I went to in Boston. Spineless Wonders was recorded a few years ago, but after some label complications, it just came out this spring. And a lot has changed since its recording. For starters the Conversions broke up. More than that, I think the scene they were a part of has transformed in a lot of ways. At the same time, you can go see Vile Bodies—the same line-up aside from vocals.
Sentimentalities aside, I think this is probably the best-recorded Conversions record. (The 7” and their split with Witches With Dicks are out of print, but I believe you can still find Prisoners’ Invention.) Spineless Wonders has more depth than the Conversion’s other recordings, such that you can more easily tell why this band often defied classification. You can hear the thickness of the bass and guitar—every scratch. At the same time, however, with the vocals lower in the mix, the band seems somewhat subdued. I’ve written before about how I think Terry is a dynamic frontwoman, and I don’t think you get her energy as much on Spineless Wonders. The five-minute “Cause and Effect” drags on a little bit, but other than that, coming in short bursts, Spineless Wonders brings it. I’d count “Boiling Point,” “Specifics,” and “The Front Lines” as favorites for the album. Overall, I think this is probably the most cohesive Conversions record, well worth the value Ride the Snake provides.