There for Tomorrow - A Little Faster
Record Label: Hopeless Records
Release Date: June 9, 2009
There for Tomorrow is a four-piece rock band from Orlando, Florida, that combines elements of dark pop, pop punk and alternative to create their unique sound.
For those who aren’t familiar with the band, I’ll bring you up to speed. They released a full-length album in 2004, entitled Point of Origin. Three years later, they released an EP, called Pages. The song “Pages” off that EP became their first single. Shortly after, they signed with Hopeless Records and in 2008, re-released the EP, now self-titled, with three new songs. With this EP came their second single, “No More Room to Breathe.” After several tours with bands such as All Time Low, Ivoryline and Anberlin, and an MTV “Breaking Woodie” under their belt, they have now released their debut album A Little Faster. Technically, Point of Origin was their first full-length album, but they never play songs off that album, nor do they promote it, so I’m calling this their debut.
If you liked the self-titled EP, you’re going to like A Little Faster. The album, produced by James Paul Wisner and David Bendeth, kicks off with “The Remedy,” a powerful opening track with hard-hitting guitars. “A Little Faster” is the second track, and the first single off the album. It's a good choice for a single, since it pretty much sums up TFT’s sound -- palm-muted verses, tasteful leads and powerful choruses. The gem of the album is track 9, entitled “Sore Winner.” This is a fast-paced track with an extremely catchy chorus and a bridge with many different guitar riffs. But while TFT excels at making these fast-paced tracks, they do change it up and provide some slow jams. “Burn the Night Away,” the second to last track off the album, is an acoustic love song. “I Can’t Decide” starts off acoustic and turns into a full-on rock song, clocking in at almost five minutes. “Just In Time” is another slow one, providing a mix of acoustic and electric guitars, along with electronic sounds. These slow songs are my only complaint regarding Faster. I applaud them for trying to change it up a bit, but while they are well-crafted songs, I feel they somewhat kill the pace of the album, though others may disagree. Between the fast and slower-paced songs are tracks like “Wish You Away,” “Stories,” “Backbone” and “Deathbed.” These songs do a good job of finding a medium between the two styles. The album closes with “The World Calling,” a track with a huge chorus and powerful guitar parts.
Lead vocalist Maika Maile’s honest lyrics and singing, combined with solid instrumentation and intriguing programming samples, make A Little Faster an excellent debut from a young band who has accomplished a lot at a young age. I look forward to seeing them continually progress and mature with each new album. My advice: spend your summer rocking out to A Little Faster.
Way to high of a rating. There are so many acoustic tracks in the middle of the album that turn into fast rock half way through the song that its ridiculous. Some standouts, but definitely more around a 65-70%