As Cities Burn
Tracklist1. It's Going To Be A Nice Day
2. Dear Ronnie
3. I Know Why You Went Into The Woods
6. The Ocean Song
7. Yet Another Voyage (Adrift)
8. In The Company of Wolves
9. So Much In Return
11. Sometimes The Best Way To Die...
12. Is The Best Way To Die
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There is something genuinely exciting about hearing something unique (that is also enjoyable). That is not to say that New York’s Take One Car has a sound that was created in a vacuum; instead, the band takes some clear influences to craft a sound that is theirs, and, by God, does the band own it. The music is some sort of post-hardcore/post-rock hybrid that also dips its toes in the waters of indie rock from time to time. Think a mixture of all forms of these two bands: As Cities Burn and Moving Mountains. Add in vocals that are some hybrid of Andrew Schwab from Project 86 and Aaron Weiss from mewithoutyou, with a greater emphasis on occasionally singing. Are you interested yet?
One of the best moments (or rather, set of moments) is in the one-two punch of “The Ocean Song” and “Yet Another Voyage (Adrift),” where the strongest points of the band come out to play. The first is a slow-burner that ends up igniting like the Olympic torch and segues beautifully into the second track. Both songs showcase the band’s ability to blend intricacy with melody, intensity with patience. While some might wish the band would keep their foot on the accelerator a bit more, Take One Car has an ability to stretch out movements until the tension is ready to burst. There are a couple of times on the album when the balance is not perfect (see “In the Company of Wolves”), but more often than not, the band understands the benefit of having a post-rock ethos. For those who complain about the pace, “So Much in Return” will serve as a favorite for the post-hardcore crowd.
Do not mistake the above gushing for perfection. The album’s overall flow is not as stellar as the one-two punch mentioned above. The title track is a seven-minute long instrumental number that seems ready to explode into a Guitar Hero-esque solo, only to abruptly end and serve as a long tease. A few issues exist when vocalist Tyler Irish is alternating his vocal styles; some of the transitions between his talking, yelling, and singing come off a bit raw. This will please those who like their music to not be too crisp, but it’s awkward nonetheless.
Overall, this is a really enjoyable post-something album that will appeal to those who have a good deal of patience. Initially, Tyler’s vocals are a bit grating, and this will not please everyone. However, for those who like their music to be challenging and melodic, then it is time to check out Take One Car. This album will surely be a pleasant surprise for many.