Aerolyn - Resilience
Record Label: Self-released
Release Date: January 16, 2012
In the realm of post-hardcore, Aerolyn’s Resilience comes in like a lion – but goes out like a lamb. This statement is two-fold, as the punching, pop-laden sound of the band does a similar transformation during the six tracks, sans interlude, of this EP. Through flashes of abrasion amongst respectably structured passages of upbeat guitars and strong drumming, Aerolyn show their strong grip on the melodic post-hardcore game. Resilience is certainly not your average debut, for these and many other reasons, but behind a facade of bands just going through the motions, Aerolyn might just be onto something.
Produced by Paul Leavitt (Versa Emerge, Circa Survive, All Time Low), the strength of these tracks is polished by smooth production across the board. From the pulsing introduction of opener “Between Lions and Men” to the rich melodies of mid-tempo jammer “The Architect”, this is not what you would expect to hear from a band just starting to make its mark. But don’t let that be the single judge of what you’ll hear on this EP. “Between Lions and Men” is an energetic opener, slathering simple guitar melodies at nearly every opportunity – all while vocalist/drummer Chase Theodos guides the ship with his strong, yet tunnel-visioned vocals. While the band relies mostly on their melodies to strengthen the backbone of their songs (“Harbinger”, “The Architect”), our ears are occasionally treated to well-placed, yet somewhat predictable fits of toned-down grit (“The Demolisher”). It isn’t completely unpredictable, nor should it be, but the structures and transitions between said movements are solidly executed.
Interestingly enough, the band spotlights two separate guest vocalists on this EP – Jonny Craig (Dance Gavin Dance) on “Harbinger” and Kellin Quinn (Sleeping with Sirens) on “WeFightFail”. Craig’s usual vocal presence seems a little muddled on this track, as the melodically-leaning, yet rather bland track doesn’t pick up much once his voice makes its way into the mix. On the other hand, Quinn’s drastically different vocals make for an interesting compliment to Theodos’, as the energetic track seems to be a perfect match for Quinn.
Ending on the acoustic-anchored title track, this EP ends on a calmer note than it started, further showing a band interesting in wearing their melody-laced hearts on their sleeves. The full-electric ending is rather anti-climactic, as the roller coaster of emotions throughout with record shown through lyrics and songwriting seems to fade to a halt here.
Though certainly not a ‘by-the-numbers’ production, Aerolyn have at least proven at this point they can hang with bands much more experienced in terms of releases put forward. Whether or not they can develop that talent into something more powerful and put their own twist on it has yet to be fully seen, but given the circumstances, it is easy to find both the ups and downs of Resilience. I for one will be interested to see where this band ends up going in the near future. You should be too.