Hey -- first post here. Long time reader, first time writer. Makes sense that it would be on a "Wide Eyed" review, considering it's one of my favorite albums by one of my favorite bands.
I always thought this band, and this album, got a bad rep. They got lumped into all the other generic stuff Victory Records was putting out around the time this band and album really came into its own. Don't think that was fair to them.
Many people criticize Asa Dawson for his abstract lyrics, but to me, that's the best part of the band. Every person has their own definition for what he's trying to say. Heck, I've extrapolated multiple meanings from each song to fit whatever it is that's on my mind that day. And that's the beauty of it. There is no definition, it's truly all your own.
The beginning to "Get Comfortable" kind of defines this whole album to me. The wavy, spacy sound to begin the song always created an image of looking into the sky and just wondering and thinking about everything to me. I love the big hooks, I'm a sucker, I admit it. Also, the drum to begin "When We Meet Aliens..." always gets me... it always sounded very garage, very realistic to me.
I've always felt that I tie music to memories and time periods of my life. When I first listened to this album, it was one of the most important parts of my life so far so maybe my fascination and love for this record was because of that. Whatever it is, this one will always be near and dear to my heart. I believe everyone should at least give this album a chance before blindly throwing it in the overflowing trashcan labeled "Victory Records".
And a TJV reunion possibly in the works? That is excellent. I wasn't too big on Cinematographic, but did appreciate a few of the tracks off of the album (the ones that reminded me of Wide Eyed
), so hopefully they can smooth out the differences that separated them in the first place and get back to making music that we love.