Life comes and goes. This is a fact most of us are content in accepting. Music is an expression of our lives, something that we can pour all of our emotion and dedication into and share with an audience. Most importantly, though, music is a form of remembrance. This year, we’ve lost many great bands to break-ups or hiatuses, but for how long is not certain. Whether temporary or forever, the expression that is their music will last for many lifetimes.
This week, I honor some of these groups of people that may never again record music together, but made music that changed my life in the best way.
1. “Of Dust And Nations” – Thrice
While not exactly my favorite song off of Vheissu, Thrice’s crowning achievement as a band, “Of Dust And Nations,” is a fantastic song. Its odd and surreal guitars make it one of the band’s most creative tracks ever produced. The last two minutes are remarkably held back, but at the same time, an explosion of talent and pure musicianship. It was one of my greatest pleasures in life to hear this song live; I could feel the raw emotion seeping from every guitar chord.
2. “Rough Hands” – Alexisonfire
It’s hard to determine the very best Alexisonfire album. Some fans will say they enjoyed the experimental tone of Old Crows/Young Cardinals the most, or perhaps the youthfulness of their self-titled. To me, the band hit pay dirt with Crisis, perhaps their darkest and most cohesive album. “Rough Hands” embodies the darkness best, with haunting pianos and a fantastic dual vocal attack from George Pettit and Dallas Green. Again, this is hardly my favorite song on Crisis, but “Rough Hands” showcases perfectly why this band made music that pertained to all music lovers.
3. “Understanding In a Car Crash” – Thursday
Thursday’s first major single ever released, “Understanding In a Car Crash” is a reminder of what it is to be young. No Devolución may be the band’s best album by far, but “Understanding” is a young Thursday, a band on the rise with a bright future. It’s almost as exciting as it is sad, considering the band’s ultimate fate, but “Understanding In a Car Crash” is the perfect song to open up the road to memory lane.
Your list is most likely different, but to me, these are three songs that display these bands at their best, or at least their most exposed emotionally. Either way, these three songs take me back to a different mindset and a different time, when music was what kept me going.