June 9th, 2010
Release Date: February 16th, 2010
Label: Victory Records
Website: None available
Finally, a band that takes the hardcore in post-hardcore a little more seriously than just a fashion accessory suggestion for tattoos and flesh tunnels. Whilst they still definitely fall into the very pop end of the aforementioned genre, Jamie’s Elsewhere contain enough of a kick to back up their pleasant melodies and add some thankfully solid bite to the proceedings.
For once a synth has been used for more than just a bleeping, squeaking gimmick, with the band actually having the sense to use it to compliment some of the other goings-on within other areas of their songs. For example, opening track ‘Seasons’ makes great use of the synth to fill out and accentuate the sucker punch intro and sing-a-long friendly chorus alike. Title track ‘They Said A Storm Was Coming’ has the synth on the more familiar duty of spitting out glitchy noises away from the choruses and breakdowns, but here, it’s actually pleasurable!
Other tracks of note include ‘Giants Among Common Men’ with it’s ‘Say Hello To Sunshine’-esque (Finch album) verses, the thunderous momentum of ‘Visions In Sleep’ and the visceral head smacking intensity of ‘A Slave, A Son’. Throughout the album, the vocals stack up well with the throaty power of the screams blending perfectly alongside the melodic sung chorus lines. All in all, this is a prime example of how to do poppy post-hardcore with a synth well without resorting to clichÃ©s and cringe inducing cheese: an all too common occurance nowadays.
‘They Said A Storm Was Coming’ is a rare success in a genre littered with failures and parasites. Jamie’s Elsewhere have achieved an album of balance that is extremely accessible, poppy, and of it’s time without soiling their work with unnecessary melodrama and over thought ideas that are too clever for their own good. This is a brilliant pop post-hardcore album by a band that understand what it takes to be a real part of the genre in 2010.
Written by Greg Johnson