I picked up HTSAF on a whim because I'd seen them in a couple other bands' liner notes and I thought the album art was amazing - never have I been rewarded so richly for judging a book by its cover! To this day, one of my favourite albums... bizarrely, spun it a lot while playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
I have high hopes, if only because it is such an incredible and unexpected surprise - I am in Chicago for the next 10 months or so, and if they tour on this and I get to see them, I will die happy :)
what my major question here though is where this band stands now, seeing as they used to a Christian act. am I correct in that Chris denounced Christianity at some point in his time as Dashboard? and it seems like an interesting thing to return to for him
One thing I noticed from the teaser is that when the music gets "big", it forces Chris to sing even bigger to avoid having his voice swallowed up by the music. Which is a very, very good thing. As much as I like Dashboard, this aspect is one thing that was sorely missing.
As great as the eras with Jason and Jon were, FSF with Chris IS the band for me. Chris makes the band better, and the band makes Chris better. (Side note: I like the Jason era less than most people seem to, and the Jon era more than most people seem to.)
Yeah, if you took every single thing about the songs out except the vocals and made them acoustic ... then they'd sound like Dashboard. Kinda deflates your entire first statement with such a qualifier though.
Have to call bs here. TMID stood out because of its tempo shifts and complex song structures. In this regard, I consider Steve kleisath to be just as integral to the overall sound. Dashboard had pretty straightforward time signatures and structure.