According to Falling With Style‘s Facebook page, they’ve shared the stage with such bands as Lower Than Atlantis and Hawthorne Heights This is a pretty big deal whichever way you look at it, but the problem with their latest EP, ‘This Hell You Call Home’, is that it just feels awfully safe for a band with such obvious potential.
The songs on this EP are genuinely catchy; two minutes into ‘Never Die’ and you feel yourself seriously warming up to these guys and their music and actually having a great time listening to this EP. But there just feels like there’s something missing, something not quite right with what’s playing out in your ears. The problem is that everything feels too clean cut, too much like every note has been scrutinised beyond belief in the studio. There’s no soul or attitude.
Under their influences, the band list Underoath who are a band that continued to offer up visceral albums that were brimming with fraught emotion and angst, but there isn’t much of that here. A minute through ‘Old Ghosts’ and the band turn the heaviness up, and they pull it off with a seriously fiery prelude to the chorus and as a matter of fact the whole song is belting. This is where the frustration comes in because the majority of the EP just sounds sanitized and streamlined; two things that you don’t want your hardcore music to be. Maybe it has something to do with frontman Lucas Woodland sounding very, very, very clean in his delivery and only when the heavy vocals are brought in does the band have real depth.
It’s a shame, but it would be too easy to discount this release because of it’s slightly repressed nature. Every single song is well made, solidly delivered and musically intricate and exciting. The release’s final track, ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’, proves conclusively that the band can offer up energetic and hard hitting post-hardcore, you just end up wanting a dirtier and more grungy experience.
Written by Greg Spencer