Each week, one Mind Equals Blown writer will let you in on what three tracks have been occupying their mind in the last week. Maybe they’re huge hits, maybe they’re completely unknown B-sides, but they’re always recommended.
Post-hardcore is well-represented in the first-ever 3 Of The Week. Here we have a small band, a singer who’s about to become extremely famous, and a vocalist you all hate. I highly encourage repeated listens of each track here. Stay tuned, as we’ve got some coverage coming up for each band listed in the next few weeks.
1. “Practice What You Preach” – This Armistice
Though they only have one release to their name, This Armistice put out a hell of an EP in (New Breath + New Heartbeat) = Change, anchored by “Practice What You Preach.” Solid and tasteful instrumentation all around are what makes the band tick; good drum intro without too much flash, melodic guitars that flow perfectly, and smooth as could be vocals make the song stream effortlessly. The track gradually builds into a killer song that’s completely unobtrusive to any listeners. If you don’t enjoy the song, you’re probably not listening. Treble is no problem here (I’m looking at you, blessthefall), which allows for repeated plays of this and the rest of the EP.
2. “The Art of Fear” – Yesterday’s Rising
Taking it upon myself to analyze Chiodos’ choice for a new frontman, I decided to explore Yesterday’s Rising, Brandon Bolmer’s old band. Know this: he is NOT Craig Owens; Owens’ put out personal lyrics through his unique vocal delivery that few could do. However, I truly feel Bolmer is the stronger singer. Unique in his own right, the guy doesn’t have your typical high-pitched hardcore voice, instead belting with a deeper tone that sounds great. “The Art of Fear” was a finished demo from what would have been the resurrection of Yesterday’s Rising had Bolmer not won the Chiodos gig. The repetitive guitar riff of the chorus is hypnotizing, giving a much different feel to an often stagnant genre.
3. “Second & Sebring” – Of Mice & Men
Yeah, yeah, let the flaming begin. Popular opinion says to hate everything Austin Carlile touches, but the clean vocals on this track are stellar. Like Bolmer, they win points for being different (can you tell I’ve had my fill of Anthony Green disciples?). Insanely catchy right from the start, it’s worth a listen no matter how much you despise Attack! Attack! Yes, I admit, the breakdown sucks, as does most crabcore, but the track does have potential. Nothing groundbreaking, but should win a fan or two.