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Except After Sea - What Buildings Are Made Of
|Except After Sea - What Buildings Are Made Of|
Released November 2006
As one who anticipates my upcoming year in college, those Atlanta skyrisers could not come into view any slower. It's moving on, truly starting a pinnacle point in life, that is most exciting. But what makes me want to move on when everything I need is right here under the very roof that I am writing this very review? We can examine What Buildings Are Made Of and find only steel and various reinforcements being the only thing maintaining it's giant structure. Doing the same with ourselves yields similar findings; merely confidence spurting from previous experiences and enough homegrown street-smarts holding us up. We have to pinpoint these very things to adapt to this new path in life. Balancing relationships, schoolwork, and living our life as best we can...well, hopefully Except After Sea puts the numerous aspects of such things better than I can.
Possibly taking off their name or following natural instincts, the band and this album in particular does have an odd nautical bounce to it. The keyboard intro to "Tiny Game Pieces" says it all. And with Pete's lyrics constantly revolving around people in general, the album title is more a metaphor than metaphysical. It's a cute release though and shows a band on the verge of finding their niche.
What Buildings Are Made Of primarily consists of a pretty tired indie-rock sound, though. Innovation comes in brief moments and, as "Gang of Leaves" testifies, things stay pretty calm most of the time. However, being that the album glides effortlessly along, it's an easy listen and an enjoyable one at that. "Linda" is a surprisingly upbeat jaunt, unfortunately placed following the mellow high of "Gang of Leaves", but the sentiment lies in the mix of emotions being swapped so suddenly. "Bad Day for the MTA" is the sort of suave roll you wish the entire album followed. Nevertheless, the band fairs much better with the caffeinated sound they so expertly display on "Tiny Game Pieces", "My Life is Over", and "Linda". Being that those are the better tracks on the EP, you'll find yourself staying towards the first half of the album.
The EP just flip-flops between moods too often. Obviously, with this release being more a display of the band's ability than anything, Except After Sea is merely testing the water it seems. Whatever department they choose to go in their upcoming album, Hungover from a Long Night of Sober, they'll surely excel.
Critics tend to throw out the "incredibly promising" tag much too often, but I'm sticking to my guns and applying it to Except After Sea. If honed, this band could develop into something more than What Buildings Are Made Of displays. This album is not just a reference point for the band's future endeavors, though. If the staple, "Is she easy on the eyes?" line in "Tiny Game Pieces" doesn't get stuck in your head, you're helpless.
12:07 PM on 06/01/07
Rumor has is it that EAS is opening for Circa Survive at their myspace secret show Sunday in Baltimore. And great review. Defintely a solid take on where this band is at. You should review the new one.
01:05 PM on 06/01/07
Great review Scott, I agree on pretty much everything you say!
10:27 AM on 06/03/07
i agree with julia, it's pretty cool album art. and a good album :D
01:59 PM on 06/09/07
really good band, reminds me about small leaks sink ships, and i'll confess that i know about them thanks to circa survive : )
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