Release Date: September 14th, 2010
Label: Rise Records
Website: None available
‘Generic’ is a word that crops up all too often in music reviews lately, and this is because a lot of what’s being produced by today’s upcoming acts are failing to produce something you can describe as anything other than that. Named after a female character in the novel/film Gone With The Wind, Texas-grown Scarlett O’Hara are yet another mediocre-at-a-push band who’ve created a debut that is nothing but generic.
Debut albums are almost a make or break thing, and with ‘Lost In Existence’ the post-hardcore 6-piece definitely fall right into the latter of the two and shouldn’t be surprised if soon after they become exactly what their album states in its title. Most of the generic post-hardcore acts today either mix it up a bit too keep a fresh facade, or have some form of gimmick or essence that doesn’t make them original but at least strong competitors in the field. Scarlett O’Hara tick none of the above.
Breakdown, after breakdown, after breakdown etc. seems to be a reoccuring formula throughout the album, intertwined with usually bland and one-dimensional harsh vocal work from the band’s frontman Eddie. Clean vocals are a great weakness to this band too, a weakness from guitarist/co-vocalist Rene that’s most exposed in the album’s title track. The guitars, bass and drum input isn’t much better either, and are all generally following the same old blueprint we’ve all heard time and time again but better. There’s no originality on display at all here, and to that extent questions if there’s any heart in there as artists either. Let’s not look past cringe-worthy title tracks either, such as ‘Dude, You’re Being That Guy’, ‘You Can’t Wrestle Swordfish In Tampa’ and ‘Not All Texans Wear Cowboy Hats’ that try to make themselves look cool and innovative, but fail in doing so.
If in music you like to hear exactly what you expect then you could well actually love Scarlett O’Hara‘s debut record. However, hopefully you’re mainly after something refreshing, creative and most of all enjoyable then you’d do well to steer clear of ‘Lost In Existence’, something that Scarlett O’Hara may well have done this time next year.
Written by Zach Redrup