In the last 5 years, there have been so many bands making emo music relevant again – Moose Blood, Modern Baseball, Sorority Noise, and Daisyhead, to name a few. What sets them apart from the rest is that the records they release are reminiscent of those released in 2007, when emo was at its peak but with a modern twist. Putting Free Throw in a category with bands with such calibre might seem like high praise, however, ‘Bear Your Mind’ is a record that can really stand up with the best of them.
The album starts with ‘Open Window’, a simple acoustic number that dwindles into a slightly heavier dwindle. It’s perhaps a slightly odd choice for an opener, but it sets up the album rather nicely through showcasing both musical elements of the record.
‘Randy, I Am The Liquor’ is a stand-out moment on the album. Three tracks into the record, and you’re neck deep with jangly guitars, booming drums, and angst soaked shouts of “Fuck this, I’m letting go!” from singers Cory Castro and Jake Hughes. You can’t help but get absolutely hooked. From that point on, there are two loosely based formulas for the album; the heavier and faster punk based tracks, and the softer more emo based melodic tracks.
Lyrically, the album is all over the place. At some points the lyrics are so poignant and heart-wrenching, and yet at other points they make no sense and are perhaps vague for a point. One thing is for sure, Castro knows exactly what he’s singing about, even if we don’t. With that in mind, it does take away a little something from the record as a listener. The relatability element of the record tends to linger in and out of prominence, and, with it being an important factor for the band, it’s something they might want to keep in mind when next writing a record.
The fact that the album is being put out through Triple Crown Records is an indicator of the promise surrounding the boys from Nashville. With previous label mates including bands with so much importance to the genre, including Brand New and Fireworks just to name a couple, it really shows you where people expect this band to end up.
‘Bear Your Mind’ is a very well thought out record that, despite its flaws, and it does have quite a few, is a very good album and a great basis of which to build upon. Expect to hear a lot more about Free Throw in the coming years.
Written by Jacob Eynon (@itsjustjake93)
Founder & Editor for DEAD PRESS! | Atheist and antitheist. | Judge of the quick & the dead since 1989. | Aspiring freelance pizza eater.