For the last four years, Lower Than Atlantis have worked tirelessly to get where they are right now. This fact is one that cannot be doubted. In the past year, they have enthralled festival audiences up and down the country, toured the US with Asking Alexandria and embarked on their own UK headlining tour. It’s no secret how hard this band work, and on their sophomore album ‘World Record’ it has really paid off. They have taken a step away from the gruff punk sound they had on ‘Far Q’, and have instead developed their sound into a more melodic post-hardcore sound, and whilst their punk roots still remain ever present, the new songs sound absolutely huge and are likely to evoke some huge sing-alongs as well as big pits when they are aired live.
As soon as ‘(Motor) Way Life’ springs into life, it is clear that Mike Duce is on top form as his vocals soar on the chorus. It’s apparent that this is a band reborn, and what’s also apparent that you are in for one hell of a ride. Songs like ‘Beech Like The Tree’ and ‘High At Five’ are irresistibly catchy and pack hooking riffs and huge choruses. Not quite in following with their ethos of “Playing sad songs fast from August 2007”, ‘Another Sad Song’ is a huge slow burning emotional anthem, the power of which has never been created by the band before.
For anyone thinking that LTA have gone soft or have fallen by the wayside into playing pop-punk, they would be sadly mistaken. Songs like ‘Bug’ and ‘Working For The Man By Day, Sticking It To The Man By Night’ are fast, in your face punk songs with a melodic twist. They are true working class anthems and will send long time fans of the band absolutely crazy. As will the short but furious ‘Marilyn’s Mansion’, which gives the listener a glimpse into the band’s childhood, and I say glimpse because the song weighs in at 1:35.
So great is the improvement in the band’s song writing ability that songs like ‘Deadliest Catch’ are almost unrecognisable to the band’s previous work. Previously where it sounded like bassist Dec Hart was going off in a tangent, on every song here they sound more together than ever before, both lyrically and musically. Towards the end of the album on songs like ‘Could You? Would You?’ and ‘R.O.I.’, the band appear to lose some momentum, however, the songs still stand well enough on their own to be more than merely filler tracks.
In short, this is a fantastic album, an album that should be admired and should be one that brings people together. Lower Than Atlantis deserve everything that this album is going to do for them. It’s clear that the band has taken a huge rock and roll influence on this album, as well as mixing it with the best parts of some their apparent influences: We Are The Ocean, Jimmy Eat World and At The Drive-In. This is post-hardcore as it was meant to be; no generic breakdowns, high pitched vocals or ripped jeans, just full-on heart and soul. Not to forget the best bit of all, they are among many young bands steadily guiding the future of British music to safe shores. Fantastic.
Written by Oliver Thompson
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