Threeve – Burn Your Bridge EP
Record Label: None
Release Date: July 15, 2007
Remember the first albums? The rough takes, complete with missed notes and off-key vocals that sound like they were recorded in a wet cardboard box? Maybe not the band’s first trip into a studio, or best friend’s marginally soundproof basement, but their first ‘real’ album? They’re the It’s All About the Girls-s, the Can’t Slow Down-s, the Sacrifice of Life-s. The albums that sound so ugly but so sincere we can’t help but love them. And of course, everything that comes after is never “as good as their first album.”
Not to make too bold of a prediction, but Threeve’s Burn Your Bridge EP could be one of these firsts. A stiff claim to make perhaps, but I’ll stand by it. It’s got all the features of a do-you-remember-when album: corny but passionately delivered lyrics about girls, tinny lead guitar parts, and the occasional missed beat or dropped note. The inclusion of a synthesizer recalls the success of Motion City Soundtrack without being overbearing or unnecessarily ‘electronic.’ The most important part here is the music rings true. The band’s lineup has been shuffled extensively since the EP was recorded, but the group’s ringleader Rich Fuchs firmly retains Threeve’s core ideal: genuine, quality tunes.
With a sound that can confidently be mentioned in the same breath as other bands with whom Threeve has shared a stage, namely Houston Calls and Day at the Fair, this group is poised to capitalize on the “scene’s” insatiable appetite for confident pop-rock. The future is especially bright as Threeve heads into the studio with songwriter/producer Rob Freeman (ex-Hidden in Plain View, currently The Pilot) at the helm to record the band’s first full-length effort. Threeve’s newest demo (not included on the EP but can be heard on their Myspace page) shows significant steps towards the kind of refined maturity that opens the ears of record company execs and scenesters alike.
Some people might complain the score in the sidebar doesn’t match the excitement of this review. This is, after all, a review of the Burn Your Bridge EP and there isn’t a category for ‘Band’s Apparent Potential.’ It’s one of those albums that will make you cringe in places (see aforementioned assignment to ‘first album’ status) but to scorn it would be like mocking a child while he learns to walk. Especially when you’re confident he will grow up to be a brilliant, colossal child who could eventually kick your ass.
Burn Your Bridge EP might fit better at your neighbor’s house party blaring out of shitty half-stacks than in your iPod headphones, but either way it’s as honest as rock can sound these days. We all love to be in a position to shake our heads with pretension and say “I was there before they got big.” So grab a homemade t-shirt and join the party, because these Jersey boys could be the beginning of something fantastic.
Rocks like: Drive-Thru Records at a 10-year high school reunion