There is still some strange and unique weirdness to be found in music. Having said that, I know that it can be easy to say that there is nothing new to be heard; and while there's some validity in a broader context, there are artists whose work takes the familiar and creates sounds that are truly memorable from the threads of our musical awareness. Building a complex foundation from fragments of post-rock, spoken word and various post-hardcore rhythms, the band jumps recklessly into their dense influences and manages to construct something entirely distinct from these collective melodic associations.
On their latest single, "Synthetic," the band dials back the howling vocal theatrics a bit to focus on the inherent emotional devastation that occurs when music is drawn from some primal and communal musical wellspring. The guitars still possess that grand serration and voices still cry out in the dark, but the spoken narration inhabits a darker landscape where the shadows always seem to have the upper hand. There's a sense of lost control and desperate vulnerability, but these ideas aren't haphazardly handled—they're gently dissected to expose the raw nerve and passion that linger just beneath the muscles of our hearts.
They've never been accused of dawdling in poppier waters, but on "Synthetic," there's definitely something intensely melodic threading itself throughout these dense cords of rock fury and explosive self-laceration. Singer Brian Miethe's ferocious vocals tear away at countless insecurities, while guitarist Cody Nailor and drummer Preston Hedin fashion a colossal rock structure that rises skyward until it's lost in the clouds. And with each brick and stone set, we're allowed to ascend with the band and see the resulting burst of sound and fury that reverberates from their bodies and instruments.
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