07:39 PM on 11/29/13
Been a huge fan of these dudes since 2007. However, though as good as TFATFB is, it was a let down for me. Yes I enjoy it, yes it's good, but it could've been sooooo much better. Unfortunately TFATFB came out in an incredible year for music (counterparts, letlive, erra, state champs, Defeater, the story so far, incendiary, rotting out, etc) which might give TFATFB a lower "grade" in my eyes. Though a solid effort, I see Vanna on their way out in the next couple years. I'll still be up front at the barrier screaming and singing.
As for this song? It's good, don't get me wrong, but if they got more songs on the EP that sound exactly like this on it, it might as well have been on TFATFB (if not on the b side). Remember how a new hope, honest hearts, and ATCBB progressed so well? The honest hearts ep was a perfect preview for what Vanna had in store next with ATCBB, as well as show how Davey puts flavor on the old stuff. I hope with the full EP they take a similar approach; not necessarily rerecording old songs but taking a step forward as opposed to standing still, which this song shows me.
Idk about anyone else but I think Joel's vocals can be improved. He sounds like he is straining his voice in this track. Is it just me or does he sound somewhat better live than on a recording?
I'm not gonna make any further judgements until I hear the whole EP. So far I'm not sold.