ALBUM: Pierce The Veil – Selfish Machines

Release Date: June 21st, 2010
Label: Equal Vision
Website: None available


After a three year long wait, which is a long wait for a young band like Pierce The Veil, their sophomore effort ‘Selfish Machines’ finally sits on the music store shelves. With a great hype behind previous release ‘A Flair For The Dramatic’, there were great levels of doubts whether or not the “second album scare” would get the better of US four-piece… but they’ve manage to do justice and raise the bar.

Now it’s true, ‘Selfish Machines’ does come across as a much lighter, and arguably more commercial release, but if you consider that a flaw it’s one of the few this record has. Oh, and if you weren’t a fan of Vic Fuentes‘ often tagged whiney and overly-American vocals then you’re still gonna remain disliking this group. If none of the above applies to you, then as the band say “Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce the selfish machines”.

From opener ‘Besitos’ all the way to the final seconds of ‘The Sky Under The Sea’, Pierce The Veil manage to have created a record that’s an accessable album laced with hooks that manage to be as catchy as they are unexpected. Lyrically, just like their previous material, is all about the girl who got away and all that conventional emo-esque approach, and though it all shouldn’t be as catchy and memorable, and even as impressive as it should be there’s a hidden component which you can’t put your finger one which puts its head in front of their competitors.

‘Caraphernelia’ brings the vocal help of A Day To Remember‘s Jeremy McKinnon to great use, weaving together well in the chorus of “What if I can’t forget you? / I’ll burn your name into my throat, I’ll be the fire that’ll catch you / What’s so good about picking up the pieces?” with Vic‘s more melodic and uplifting vocals. The breakdown of Jeremy‘s scream “You can’t just throw me away!” followed by the acoustic interval reveals a great use of transition, and brings this out as one of the standout tracks of the record.

The more down-tuned offering ‘Stay Away From My Friends’ shows a progression from their 2007 debut, and though being one of the more harder to fully appreciate tracks, offers great rewards with patience. ‘Selfish Machine’‘s best moment is ‘Disasterology’, shining through with an effective lead riff over a beefy rhythm chorus line, pushed through with the backing of Mike Fuentes‘ pulsing and powerful drum work. Vic‘s vocal and lyrical talents have a chance to show their potential too, resulting in what is possibly their best song to date.

All in all, ‘Selfish Machines’ isn’t a work of perfection, but is definitely an 11-track album from a band that have plenty of talent stored away which they can execute with effective precision. Catchy in the most subtle way, this album could be on a loop in your stereo and your head for months after the first listen.

Written by Zach Redrup

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