All bands grow and change their sound as time goes on. For some, the change is good; for others, it’s the downfall of their band. There For Tomorrow is no exception to this inevitable occurrence. Over the course of three albums, they have experimented with slightly different sounds – dabbling in neighboring genres and figuring out what sound is right for them, each album a little different but notably the same. With The Verge, they migrate closer to their original sound, but with combined influences from their other work.
On their 2004 album, Point of Origin, they had a rougher alternative rock feel, similar to that of Anberlin. The vocals carried most of the punkish feel, while the music behind them was dismal and almost classic rock. Then on their 2009 album, A Little Faster, they added more of a pop-base, with catchier lyrics and melodies, and more upbeat instrumentation.
And last but not least comes The Verge. This new album is a sound combination of the previous two: it has poppy melodies that appeal to a larger audience, but that rock appeal that original TFT fans will still recognize as their band.
The technicality of this album also deserves attention, specifically in the song “Saave.” The bass line holds down the fort, as they produce a song that sounds similar to House of Heroes. Another commendable tactic is the guitar work; many leads add bulk and mood to songs that are good regardless, but even better with the extra oomph. For instance, the leads in “Circle of Lies” help set the scene: dizzy in the mess of a girl’s life of lies she has set up and now coping with the consequences.
Something similar from album to album is Maika Maile’s unfailingly good vocals. In every album he hits notes that vocalists of his genre and age dream of hitting, and The Verge is no different. They even have a potentially radio-friendly song, “The Joyride,” which contains catchy verses AND catchy choruses, encompassing more of the dissident pop feel that the album exhibits on more than one occasion.
Presumably, the overall feel of this album was to be on “the verge.” And judging by the dark sound in all twelve songs, this emotion was on the verge of something unpleasant. This being said, There for Tomorrow nailed that feeling on the head song after song in creative ways that not only included great lyrics, but creative instrumentation that perfectly fits the emotions intended to be felt.
For faithful There For Tomorrow fans, this album will be just as valued as the others, with all their usual talents up to par. For fans of bands such as Anberlin and Taking Back Sunday, this album could be for you. All bands grow and change their sound as time goes on. For some, the change is the downfall of their band; for There for Tomorrow, it just shows their ability to pick out the good and the bad from each album, figuring out what works and what does not.