My Fictions - Always Trapped EP
Record Label: Topshelf Records
Release Date: August 14, 2012
As one of the newer signings to the Topshelf Records crew, New England-based My Fictions has been slowly, but surely building steam in the year or so I’ve been aware of them. Brandishing a ferocity akin to Converge that isn’t shy on the melodies, the band’s Topshelf debut is a three-track doozy – droning through thick guitars at one moment then blasting with no remorse at the next. For a band with only a handful of shorter releases under its belt, Always Trapped shows an incredible amount of depth in the band’s relentless tendencies. If you’re into hardcore or any variation of the sort, My Fictions is a band you need to be listening to.
The four-minute opener “A Recurring Dream” wastes no time, kicking us right into breakneck metallic hardcore that simply goes for the throat with slicing guitar chords and blistering drumming. Better yet, the tension-soaked bridge is the true apex of the track building and sustaining a sense of emotional wringing tinged with piercing melodies and a superb guitar crunch. It’s kind of weak on a record like this to get technical, but I have to admit something seems a bit off in the mix here. Maybe I’m just used to other records sounding a bit more drum-heavy, but the drums seem a little buried when the guitars are cued to full-tilt.
In any case, the middle track “Coffin Rehearshal” is arguably the standout of the trio, building a mountain of toms and an almost perfectly toned guitar crunch to compliment the slowly brewing melodies. The fast break nature of the first track isn’t ditched though, as the titular closer is a tornado of sounds from nearly every direction that hints at letting up without ever really giving us a chance to breathe. It’s a gripping closer that taps the band’s roots pretty hard – yet My Fictions pull it off with a sense of confidence and songwriting swagger that flows even through a series of stops and textural shifts.
Even for an EP, Always Trapped shows an aggressive sense of songwriting bands seemingly several years My Fictions’ senior without sacrificing any emotion or flow in the process. After a solid outing on their I Want Nothing EP, this band has shown a sense of maturity and progression while somehow sounding even more passionate than before. Hardcore fans, and bands, take note – don’t be surprised if this band starts to get mentioned more and more in the coming year and beyond.
This review is a user submitted review from Jason Gardner. You can see all of Jason Gardner's submitted reviews here.
They used to play a ton of shows in my basement before they got signed. They're one of those bands that NEEDS you to know that they're the biggest band on the gig. They never watched any of the other bands, and would just sit in their van until it was their time to play.
Considering I've known this band for about three years now, back when they didn't even play this kind of music, I have nothing bad to say about any of them as people. Rather, the exact opposite of what was originally posted: definitely some of the best dudes I know. I could go on further, but I'm sure more negative personal opinions would combat my own experiences.