Let me start by saying this is not another further seems forever album. I know the singer plays one of the biggest parts in making a band what they are and what they sound like but Jason Gleason, for better or worse, has left the further seems forever sound behind and approached Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”ActionReactionÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? from a totally different aspect.
IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ll be honest I do miss the Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‹Å“How to Start a FireÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ days, and so I was looking forward to something new from this amazing singer. IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢ll just be honest, I was let down by Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã‹Å“3 Is the Magic NumberÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢. I was not let down because it wasnÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t another Further Seems Forever record, because that wouldnÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t be fair to ActionReaction. I was let down by the songs, for the most part they didnÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t seem finished, they seemed rushed and very raw. DonÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t get me wrong sometimes a raw sound can be a good thing, but itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s not that the sound was raw but they songs themselves appear rushed and didnÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t seem to flow very well.
Before you stop reading because you think IÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢m a hater, let me say there are definitely good things about the bandÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s debut for example the first song Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”SinnerÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s AlgebraÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? is a wonderful rock song. The song is catchy without going overboard and accomplishes its goal. Another standout track would be Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”With My VoiceÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? with its foot taping beat and catchy chorus. The record does do some good things, but just not enough and in the end a lot of the songs are forgettable and donÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢t pull you back. ItÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s probably worth checking out if youÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢re a huge Jason Gleason fan though.
1. Sinner’s Algebra
2. Can You Hear The Sun?
3. March On
4. At the Moon
5. Come See My Grave
6. The Exit Poll Amen
8. With My Voice
9. The 21 Gun Salute
10. Have a Cocktail
11. Spark the Sun
Check out Chasing Victory’s new video for “Unrequited Love” below.
This album is a little different than most that were released this year, because this album was really released twice. It has been a big rollercoaster ride for Mute Math and them putting out their debut full length. They released it earlier this year on tour, selling it at their shows and using their own money to fund that. September 26th was when the record was officially released by Warner Brothers.
The first song is an instrumental track which sets the stage for everything you can except to hear over the next 60 minutes. The drums are loud and raw and stick out, but in such a perfect way. The keyboard and guitar set the melody which is quickly added to with faint vocals which aren’t words but rather is used as another instrument. The first song fades and the guitar comes in strong and leads you into the rest of the record.
The record is very dynamic, it does not fit in a certain mold, sometimes rocking out hard with songs like Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”TypicalÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? and Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”chaosÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? while other times it shows itÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢”ž¢s softer side with songs like Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Stall OutÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? and Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Stare At The SunÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬? which connects to another instrumental track Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”ObsoleteÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?, although this one is much long (4:30 to be exact). The whole time though this record is intelligent, it never misses a step and is complimented with thought provoking lyrics on every track.
One thing that came across my mind was that there are so many sounds and effect on the record that I thought they might be shooting themselves in the foot by putting a record out that they could not play live, but that is not the case at all. The 6 song live EP that comes with this CD proves they know how to replicate the sounds and emotion that is on their debut self-titled full length.
Do yourself a favor and go buy this.
3. After We Have Left Our Homes
6. Plan B
7. Stare At The Sun
9. Break The Same
10. You Are Mine
13. Stall Out
The Blood Brothers have lined up a series of In Store performances in celebration of their new album ,Young Machetes, which will be released on Oct. 10 through V2 Records. The record is available for pre-order here. The pre-order will include a special Blood Brothers Gift pack.
In Store Performances
Oct 10 Amoeba Records Los Angeles, CA
Oct 11 Amoeba Records San Francisco, CA
Oct 15 Vintage Vinyl Fords, NJ
Oct 16 Looney Tunes West Babylon, NY
Oct 18 Newbury Comics Boston , MA
Four tracks off the new Van Wilder 2 soundtrack can be streamed on the movies MySpace page. The soundtrack hits stores 11/21. The songs include:
Jonny Lives! Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Get SteadyÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?
The Exies Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Different Than YouÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?
Everclear Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”HaterÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?
Marion Raven Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Ãƒ¢Ã¢”š¬Ã…”Heads Will RollÃƒ¢Ã¢”š¬?
A little birdie told me that there will be more bands added to the Bamboozle Left lineup soon, as well as some playing under fake names…
I will be interviewing both Norma Jean and Fear Before The March Of Flames soon. If anyone has any questions post them in the comments.
In the near future I will be doing an interview with one of the most prominent and well-respected members of today’s industry, Rob Dobi. He has done work for Thursday, Fall Out Boy, The Used, and Shirts For A Cure as well as released his own artwork under the name Fullbleed. Please submit any questions you have as a comment on here!