So Long Forgotten - Things We Can See and Things We Cannot Record Label: Come&Live! Records
Release Date: August 25, 2009
"I am a bastard, I am a bastard with an awful tongue, but I was that way long before I was a fatherless son."
Words of honest self-assessment made by lead vocalist Micah Boyce of the band So Long Forgotten which is so extremely reminiscent of recent As Cities Burn's Cody Bonnette both lyrically and vocally. The messages of hope and redemption are spilled all over their new record Things We Can See and Things We Cannot on the knowingly generous label Come&Live! Records. So Long Forgotten mixes mid-tempo post-hardcore with indie-rock verocity. Their crescendos typically match the emotions expressed within the track which their predecessors did quite eloquently.
With an introspective lyrical output, Boyce simply does not stray from being as honest as possible as he bears his soul over each track, while maintaining an overall redemptive outlook throughout. He will frequently throw in a loud yelp which almost sounds like a frustrating cry, but then can quickly shift to a more straightforward vocal approach. His Aaron Weiss-esque intensity and mood swings are by no means off-putting. In fact, they're welcomed and encouraged.
The guitars can sometimes shine in the spotlight (Onward, to the Garden), and quickly fade in the background (Banners Over Us). It really varies upon the track. The rhythm driving the songs slip and slide with the slightly complex melody, but the musicianship takes a backseat at times allowing the words from Boyce's lips to truly be heard. However, you can hear some additional elements added. On "Hills Humbled, Mountains Made Low", there are hints of brass horns heard in the background during the verse. This method seems to add emphasis during the hard hitting parts. On "Hosanna", the horns more clearly resonate.
Fans of As Cities Burn and mewithoutYou will absolutely love So Long Forgotten as their honest introspection never fluctuates on any of the tracks, and their emotions are clearly on display. Things We Can See and Things We Cannot is a gem within the realm of independent music, and needs to be heard by as many ears as possible.