The Comeback Tour - And Then He Dreamed...
Record Label: None
Release Date: January 2, 2008
You can drop to defense mode, you can fake to the right, you can fake to the left; you can even brandish your pocketknife but you can't protect yourself from the "render them defenseless!" intro of "Confusing Soup and Birthrights." This no-funny-business introduction seduces the listener at first with a calm, albeit typical indie band strum session. Then, the listener is warned that the song is no soft post-rock sweetness when urgent drumming kicks in. But when Colour Revolt-esque gang screams arrive at the scene, you can do nothing but helplessly pump your fists and scream with the record. There's no turning back at this point - you are a fly caught in a post-punk spider's pleasurable web; just relax and let it eat you.
But let not the vitals be lost! The post-punk spider I am referring to, of course, is a band by the name of The Comeback Tour and their three track EP And Then He Dreamed.... The mini-album is a retelling of the Biblical story of Jacob, but don't you dare for a minute think that the lyrical content makes the music boring. The fierce opening track leads right into the adroit "False Dimitri," which tones things down momentarily with an almost pop-punk vibe. Don't let your guard down again though, as closer "Here Stands Emmanuel" hits listeners with another crashing chorus and a sweet effect-guitared bridge (imagine a beautiful sounding woodwind instrument) to close out the EP.
You'll be hard pressed to find legitimate faults in And Then He Dreamed.... Fine, you can point out the need for better production or off-key vocals in certain areas, but in the end, And Then He Dreamed is only the band's sophomore release (unfortunately, a sophomore full-length will apparently never surface due to the band's recent breakup). Not many unsigned bands can channel the likes of Brand New and Manchester Orchestra without blatantly ripping them off, but The Comeback Tour pulls this feat off extraordinarily well, while adding a significant degree of originality at the same time.
Oh, and check out bonus track "The Blood Letter" for a real private-part damager.