South Carolina post-hardcore outfit The Apprehended seem to have something to prove with the newest single and music video “Can We Just Speak”, the band’s first release since their 2013 Defining Home EP. It is also bass Matt Snow’s directorial debut as he co-directs with Josh Bowman. Despite their exquisite guitar work and soaring vocal melodies, TA have remained under the radar of both post-hardcore and metalcore scenes. While they may have come a little bit short of their full potential, this latest single is proving the best is yet to come.
The first thing I noticed about “Can We Just Speak” was the incredible guitar work in the intro by Austin Ramey and Jade Williamson. Their technicality made it very apparent I wasn’t going to hear another Like Moths To Flames or Asking Alexandria rip off. I also enjoy their understanding of moments to show restraint and let the vocals take over. Too many times I see bands with astounding talent that don’t practice the art of letting a song breathe. Vocally Michael Pitt delivers a memorable performance soaring over the track in a way that will make listeners recall the glory days of Protest The Hero. Pitt shows amazing low and high range while understanding where to stay in the pocket, but there is a bit of a letdown in the over-processed and over-layered screams. For a song that puts so much effort into sounding different from metalcore’s generic side, the screams borrow every trick from that book. The video also does them no favor in this department as it comes off as lacking in budget and experience, as well as creativity. For underground bands trying to break through to the next level, the first single following your debut EP can be a bit daunting. It’s a time that for most is a make or break period for a band, which makes taking risk extremely hard. While The Apprehended have surely not reinvented themselves, they have put a great foot forward. There may be minor flaws “Can We Just Talk”, but with all things considered, it shows great promise from a band full of talented musicians. As a music fan I can only hope that they continue to push the boundaries of what they expect from themselves for future releases.