Among Giants– Truth Hurts
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: July 31st, 2012
I’m not familiar with the genre “folk-punk” at all; in fact, I was barely even aware this was a genre, but I am glad I found it. Well, at least, found this band, Florida three-piece Among Giants. I found these awhile back, and I was quite interested. Their RIYL had Joyce Manor in it, and that band is quite interesting, and different. I like different, so I figured I’d give this record a shot. Well, I enjoyed quite a bit, and I’m just going to jump right into the review, because I don’t have much of an introduction with this band, since I just discovered them a few weeks back. However, I will say that they released their new record “Truth Hurts” in July, and it’s for free on their bandcamp, which I will link to at the bottom of the review, along with their Facebook.
The record starts with off with “Late Nights,” and it really sets the tone for the entire record, because it shows the listener what kind of stuff they’ll be expected, and when I first heard it, I was quite excited. Vocally, they do remind me of Joyce Manor, which immediately hooked me in. Balancing the folk and the punk is quite hard, because these two genres are rather far apart. However, it’s done quite well, and “Late Nights” is certainly one of my favorite tracks on the record, and it opens the record quite nicely. Lyrically, I also like this band, too, because their lyrics are what you’d expect from a punk/pop-punk band, but just set to an acoustic guitar. I absolutely enjoy it.
While this record is enjoyable, every song quite similar. It’s not a terrible thing, but there’s not too much variety in it. The first few tracks, “Late Nights,” “The Pond,” and “The Letter” are quite fantastic, actually. This band is essentially my introduction to the genre of folk-punk, but I do enjoy it. It’s different, but it’s great.
There are a lot of highlights, including the first three tracks, as I mentioned. Fifth track “What’s the Point?” is a lyrically optimistic track, and features more than an acoustic guitar, which does bring some variety into the mix, and I like that a lot. It’s just, as I mentioned earlier, every song sounds so similar. That’s not a good thing, typically, but for some reason, it does work here, because I do like Among Giants’ sound. Seventh track “There Is a Ghost” does also provide some variety, because it’s a bit slower than a lot of the other tracks, and slightly slows down the record, which is nice. It’s a nice change, but just because it’s slowed down a bit, it doesn’t hinder the record at all. The next track “All I Want” is a two-minute track that immediately starts the record back up again. I also really like ninth track “Pack Rat,” especially the ending lyric “I know, I know you are loved.” That just seems like a lyric you can sing at the top of your lungs.
The rest of the record is quite enjoyable, but the main problem I had with this record is how similar the songs sound, minus a few. Vocally, it’s the same throughout, and while it’s not bad, it doesn’t do much to help the record. However, the lyrics are great on this record; they’re quite introspective and, dare I say, “deep.” I didn’t mention this, but tenth track “East Orlando,” is a track that has some quite interesting lyrics in it, and it’s another nice track that’s worth checking out. However, the whole records clocks in a bit over 30 minutes, so it is a nice length. Even if all the songs are rather similar, it’s not a bad thing.