Stay Ahead of the Weather - We Better Get Goin' If We're Gonna
Release Date: December 7, 2010
Record Label: No Sleep Records
Supergroups are clearly "in" these days. Stay Ahead of the Weather, featuring Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. on guitar and vocals, Nick Wakim of CSTVT on drums, and Bobby Markos of Native on bass, is no exception. With all this talent on board, this should be called nothing but a supergroup. The fact that the band's first release was put out by No Sleep Records just adds to the reasons that you should be licking your chops before you even sink your teeth into it.
Then there's the EP itself. To put it shortly, We Better Get Goin' If We're Gonna delivers hard. We get five songs that total just under 13 minutes, but every single second is made of solid gold. There are no bad notes on this release. Stay Ahead of the Weather is the band that is actually harking back to the old days of pop punk. Plenty of people (like me) have said that there are a handful of bands doing pop punk the way it used to be done (a la the right way), but this band makes most of those bands look stale and old and crusty and not even worth listening to really. I'm not saying that Stay Ahead of the Weather are the best thing out there; in fact, they are a ways away from it. But considering they have only released five songs, they're pretty high on the pecking order.
The group's brand of Midwestern pop punk/emo is something that you might have heard before, but maybe you haven't heard it done quite this well. There is no shortage of impassioned drum fills, focused, buzzing guitar lines, or hook-laden choruses. What you won't find here are gimmicks of any kind: we don't hear a single breakdown, we don't hear any unnecessary special effects, and we don't hear anything that seems forced or unnatural. But we wouldn't expect anything different from the guys in this group, would we?
Perhaps what is a little surprising with this release is just how instantly likable and accessible it is. Weiss' vocals prove to fit in just fine with Stay Ahead of the Weather's rougher edges, and the guitar work provided by Weiss and Matt Jordan is something that aspiring bands should study and take notes on. Through the opener, "Get Old Or Die Tryin'", and it's successor, "Impressions & Impressing People", the guitar work and overall chemistry of the band are the aspects that stick out most. Considering that these guys are all from different bands, they mesh together astonishing well, and it is apparent that every single part of this EP was well thought-out and impressively put together. Not to sound repetitive, but the highest compliment I can pay this release is that there is really no single bad or sour moment on it.
"Sorority Social Suicide" is certainly carried by its buoyant chorus, one that sticks with the listener past a few spins. Weiss belts out, "What makes girls your age skip the interesting stage?" and closes the song with the one-liner, "If ignorance is bliss, I'll move out now." Each song on We Better Get Goin' If We're Gonna is highlighted by a slightly different aspect of the band, showing the group's versatility and full range of talent. However, the songs aren't different enough to sound choppy when played all at once and the EP as a whole is a spectacular entity. The final two cuts, "No Sleep Till Humboldt" and "Butchering A Back Catalog", feature somewhat subtle gang vocals that provide these extraordinary moments of wonder, cementing this EP as one of the most quality releases of late 2010.
If you haven't heard We Better Get Goin' If We're Gonna yet, well, what are you waiting for? If it wasn't the best way to close out last year, then it can be the best way to open this year. Either way, only time will tell where Stay Ahead of the Weather will fit in among the No Sleep/Run for Cover scene. With how tight-knit the scene is, listeners around the country will probably have the chance to see this band live at some point, most likely with a fantastic lineup. Will these four scholarly men continue and do more awesome stuff under their supergroup moniker? Who knows. Hopefully. But if this EP is the only thing we get from Stay Ahead of the Weather, then it was well worth it.
first. this band is so sick. i've seen matt in a few different bands around here, good to see it's finally working out. it's an EP definitely worth buying and they're a worthy addition to the no sleep roster.