|MayOrWest - We, The End|
Record Label: None
Release Date: November 28, 2009
After forming in 2006, New Jersey punk-rock band MayOrWest has covered a lot of ground in just these few years. Since independently releasing an EP in 2008, MayOrWest recorded their debut record, We, The End, with Big Blue Meenie Studios, who have worked with bands such as Thursday and Taking Back Sunday. This album is loud, dark, and full of emotion. Singer Adam Ramsden definitely has a very unique voice, and the other members can sure play their instruments, as guitars shine throughout the record. MayOrWest have their musical style down, though the lack of song variety does become a slight hindrance as the record progresses.
Title track and opener “We, The End” kicks off with drums and then a guitar solo, showing the musicianship of MayOrWest. As the vocals kick in, it’s clearly evident that Ramsden has a different voice than most in the genre, yet he sounds great for the band. Guitars and Ramsden’s vocals shine on the track when he sings “cause this is the ending/let it ring out/let it shine.” “The Offense” is an instrumental track that demonstrates the skill of Pete Cataldo and Eric Lewy as the entire track is a guitar solo, as well as the talent of Jimmy Dowell, for the drums sound great. “Icarus” is a heavier track, and once the guitar solo kicks in it again drives the track. Although lyrics do not appear to be the band’s strongest point, they stick to what they know best, using their song structure and Ramsden’s vocals to make up for this a bit, shown when the band chants “this place is dead” throughout the end of the track.
“L.A.S.H.” again follows the now exhausted, overused structure of beginning with a guitar solo, as it again does this. The lyrics are dark (“your screaming makes me want to drink myself down for days.”) However, the record’s lyrics are surface level at best, and never really break through that barrier, a slight restraint to the record as a whole. The vocals and musicianship do, however, help to somewhat make up for this. “Look at Us” is also incredibly dark with lyrics such as “be my guest and volunteer/to snap your own neck.” “Hotter in Handcuffs” follows the same song format, which is a setback for the album, for at this point in the record, the songs begin to drag on. However, “Devil’s In The Details” picks the album back up quite a bit, for it is incredibly catchy, with chanting in the background at the end of the track.
“Sevier” and “Rise Of The Tides” finally change song format, slowing down We, The End for the first time, showing that MayOrWest are capable of writing different songs. “Scream Therapy” is dark, heavy, and fast paced. Final track, “The Return,” combines all of the elements on We, The End, ending the album on a similar note as it began.
MayOrWest clearly have a unique sound, one different than most bands penned in their genre. Ramsden can sing and the band are clearly talented musicians. Although, they do need to vary their song structure a lot more, so that the tracks don’t all blend to together and tire the listener after awhile. This is just one flaw, and We, The End is only their debut record; this band has potential to progress even farther, and could stand above many other bands in their genre if they are able to renovate and vary their songs more. If they can do this, MayOrWest will surely go places, as We, The End is a solid start for them.