Committed - Renovatio Label: Below The Radar Records Producers: Greg Smith and Chris Hill Release Date: April 24, 2007
The word renovatio is Latin for "rebirth," and subsequently, is also the title for longtime Philadelphia music scene members, Committed's new EP.
After forming in 2001, the band released three albums before two of the three members left due to "creative differences". Soon thereafter, vocalist/guitarist Greg Smith met up with bassist Chris Hill and drummer Clark Vincent to jumpstart the band back up.
Much like the recent resurgence of So-Cal pop-punkers The Ataris, Committed revamped their sound and are now looking to take their catchy hooks and positive messages all over the country.
Clocking in at just under 25 minutes, Committed has crafted five songs that are less about grabbing your ear due to a super-catchy hook, and more about layering melody with heavy distorted guitars and lyrics focused on the importance of love and faith. Going from indie/emo rock to pop-punk, this former punk rock threesome delivers positivity blended with driving riffs.
Each song is about the interaction of two people, or the conflict one has with themselves; the song "Failsafe Parachutes" is about renewal and starting over, discussing both the roles of faith and love, and how crucial they are to the narrator's life. Lyrics like "Only love can get us through this / If we practice forgiveness" are the essence of the band's ultimate goal, which is to inspire.
While a couple of the songs lose momentum and drag along (the reworked ballad "Perfect"), the band is going for a sound much like Anberlin or Spitalfield. The use of harder-edged rock music with positive lyrics and usually-gentle vocals is what defines the new sound of Committed, and once the band settles into its new foundation, with more of a budget and some experienced production (say, from somebody like Mark Trombino), they could be well on their way to carrying the cautionary tales of love sickness ("Don't Give Up") to a wider audience.
Nobody's perfect when trying to shape a new sound with an old one attached to it, but Committed is still in the birthing stages of soul-searching, and eventually, will take their new sound to a level their old one never achieved.
1. Don't Give Up
2. ...Your Move
4. Failsafe Parachutes
5. If You Stay