Until Sunrise- Self Titled (2010)

Posted: December 30, 2010 by Is This Revolutionary? in Album, Reviews
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When I first was told about this band, the only word that stuck in my head was “Teenage”. Teenagers? These guys are teenagers? I know most of the bands coming from my high school sucked (sorry No Fat Chicks), so I didn’t expect much out of them; especially considering the genre, I was expecting something very hackneyed. What I got, however, was a band that really broke post-rock norms. Sure, they had songs that were soft and airy, but they also had moments that were raw and powerful, like a driving hardcore-punk feel.

The two songs to talk about are “Pink” and “As the City Quietly Sleeps…”. “Pink” has an flashback to 1960’s sound, complete with an electric guitar solo and distorted feel that sounds like it was recorded underwater. It’s nice to have post-rock with a different sound to it. “As the City Quietly Sleeps…” is a mammoth of a song, and for that exact reason it’s something to talk about. Clocking in at over 25 minutes, I expected there to be a lot of dead space, but most, if not all, was the same music that will either make you hate or (my opinion) love this album. At first, you’ll be just flowing through the sound, feeling good, but at 8:00, you’ll be hit like a ton of bricks with a sound reminiscent of early 80’s hardcore-punk like Black F(l)ag. Seriously, I think they could switch genres and not have a problem, but that’s a different story all together.

Is This Revolutionary: A band that switches between genres mid-song and still sounds incredible, Russian Circles comes to mind. A band that can do all that while still in high school and with their first release, now that’s a list with relatively few members. Now, I’m not saying they’re just as good as Russian Circles, but given time, their sound will mature and they’ll rise in the scene. Also, they have an really active fanbase, so don’t think that they’re going to be going away anytime soon.

Rating: 3/5 kegs for a great sound, but the recording quality kind of takes away from the experience. That’s seriously this EP’s only drawback. For a couple of kids from Maryland, they’re fantastic.



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