Triumph and Parade - Remember This
Record Label: None
Release Date: April 29, 2008
Triumph and Parade's latest release, Remember This, is the acoustic-rock version of their self-titled debut album from 2006. Remember This creates prismatic chord mazes that show a tight relationship with lead vocalist Mike Frazier. The melodic turns are dreamy moving in sync with Mike's voice as the intermingling phrases produce a sophistication that makes the band ready for the big league without lessening their appeal with core fans. This is an album that satisfies a broad range of music fans showing a girth that extends from rock, emo, and punk to pop and ambient advocates.
The delicate phrasing of "Set in Stone" has a velvety touch as Mike's vocals weave in and out of the melodic lines and the gentle tendrils of "The Proper Portions" and "At Least It Felt Like a Promise" are graceful while possessing a meaty density and complex braiding patterns. Nothing is simple about Triumph and Parade's acoustic rock variation. The overtones of strings function to elevate the mood of the music while the two-toned vocal melodies in "Furtherest Thing from Orbiting" project a conversational banter with one's alter-ego. The soft wavelets of bassist Eric Dillon and drummer Rick Shell are hooked into the drifting guitar chords of Scot Stewart and Mitch Frazier whose tender spinning produces a rose-petal bedding for "Set The Alarm for Never."
Produced by the band themselves, Remember This extends the band's talents into acoustic-rock waters, and it suits them like the actor Clint Eastwood fits the character of "Dirty Harry" Callahan. One of the reasons why the album has the potential to reach a wide audience is because the band uses so many more elements than their self-titled rock effort in 2006. On Remember This, they extract pieces from pop, ambient, punk, emo, and orchestral scores, which colors the gravity of their words in light contemplative shades and it proves to be as much a part of the band as their hard rock substances. Victoriously, they forsake no aspect of themselves to make an acoustic version of their debut album.