Aviator - January MMXIII
To my knowledge, this EP consists of 3 re-recorded songs from two separate splits, and 3 brand-new songs. All were recorded live, and this comprises their current live set. "Solemn Mountain," like with any talented band's opening song, is a great introduction into the EP, also meaning it's a great first song in their live set. It's clear right off the bat each member is comfortable in their respective position. Both delay-drenched guitars are playing something different, as are the bass and drums. However, you begin to realize that what both guitars are playing really go together well, and the bass and drums compliment each other well. When the vocals come in "Our silence is a solemn mountain/always reminding me of home", it's more reminiscent of a poem than a vocal performance, but this is short-lived. About halfway through the song, after the lyrics "Out here, helpless speaks louder than silence," the full force of the band is felt. Towards the end, we hear the urgent, anxious vocals screamed along with a punching bass line, furious drumming, and lush guitar lines. The band builds up the song to its peak with the repeating line "I will always remember" and stops abruptly, leaving you to contemplate or perhaps interpret what just happened.
"Forms" was the most cohesive-feeling song for me. I don't mean this in that the other songs aren't cohesive-because as far as the whole post-hardcore/emotive hardcore genre goes, this is probably one of the tightest bands I've heard. I'm talking about the song structure. This one would be most suitable for someone who's used to a more standard approach to songwriting. The huge-sounding open, melodic chord progression that plods along in the verses blossom into one of the catchiest choruses on this EP. A very interesting point to note again is the tremendous use of bass across these songs. For the last 30 seconds of the song or so, the guitars take a back-seat to the bass which is not only carrying the melody but playing chords too.
"A Thousand Typewriters" and "A Thousand Monkeys" feel similar to me (perhaps it's not just a coincidence that they both are "A Thousand?). For me, they are the most raw and emotive out of the six songs. At a point in "A Thousand Typewriters" the vocalist literally sounds like he's about to burst into tears. Next thing he's screaming his lungs out. They blend some dissonance and beautiful melody seamlessly with octaves displaced by the guitars in "A Thousand Monkeys," and at the end the vocalist again sounds like he's given it everything he's got with the lyric "It's none of your concern."
"I'm Sick of Standing in the Same Place" is the longest song, clocking in at almost 4 and a half minutes. It's pretty safe to say that there isn't a minute that goes by on this EP that you won't be enthralled by this band's art, so the time length doesn't really matter. This track is the heaviest and angriest you'll hear the band. This one lyrically seems to be very introverted; "I'm sick of standing in the same place/But I won't lift a finger, I won't change my ways."
The most straightforward song on here is the last, "Harvest Words." I can't really say anything else that hasn't been said about this band, but I loved the last 40 seconds or so of this song. They use some fuzz on the guitars and use more simple power chords that let the listener digest a bit more of what's going on. The vocalist belts out "Alone with no one to listen, I drown in my own ways/I dug my own grave" in this section. These six songs end abruptly with a bass drum and toms hit accompanied by one last guitar/bass chord which is sent off into oblivion.
If you like any type of emotive hardcore or post hardcore, be sure to check this band out. Being a guitar player, this is one of those bands I hope to see live just so I can watch what's going on and try to decipher what the guitars are exactly playing and how they utilize the effects to their advantage in the overall sound. I'm definitely looking forward to more material from this band.
Genre: Hardcore / Comedy
Label: Skeletal Lightning
Site: Related Link
Similar: La Dispute if they weren't as whiny, Modern Life Is War, Defeater if they didn't write weird conceptual songs about the Jersey Shore in the 40s
- Solemn Mountain
- A Thousand Typewriters
- Forms (Les feuilles mortes)
- A Thousand Monkeys
- I'm Sick of Standing in the Same Place
- Harvest Words