Our Last Night - We Will All Evolve

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Post-hardcore
Epitaph Records
Our Last Night
We Will All Evolve
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One could easily argue that post-hardcore’s current incarnation is just as laughable as the neon pop scene due to its oversaturated market, sexual chocolate men and so-called "br00tal music." Even progress made by some of the scene’s newest bands should actually be considered a step backwards. Their perceived “innovation” has come in the form of gimmicks, such as breakdowns and electronic effects. While a good breakdown can do wonders for a song, a band should not sacrifice the quality of the work in order to fit in as many breakdowns as possible. As with breakdowns, electronic effects can be used to a band’s advantage. Sadly, most of the post-hardcore’s electronics are not used tastefully, essentially making the novel idea rancid. Amidst the noise stands Our Last Night. After a promising debut, they are back again with a solid sophomore effort that could take the scene by storm.

Evolution is the perfect way to describe the maturation of Our Last Night. As soon the album’s opener “Elephants” kicks in, the immediate improvement is vocalist Trevor Wentworth’s screams. They are no longer an object of scorn; they are robust and commanding. Additionally, the band retains the musical prowess of their debut, with technically sound instrumentation and phenomenal clean vocals. This successful song sets the tone for the rest of the album and demonstrates the band’s ability to construct excellent material.

The album’s auspicious start is furthered by “The Air I Breathe”. In this track, the band warns their audience about taking life for granted with lyrics such as “I know I may be the first to forget/But I appreciate the air I breathe.” Clean vocalist and guitarist Matt Wentworth sells the song with his vocals. Though much attention will be given to the younger Wentworth’s growth, Matt has also improved upon his already stellar vocals. Throughout the record, he proves to have some of the stronger pipes in the genre. In “Across The Ocean”, Matt’s vocals are again in the spotlight. After a verse accompanied by well-placed electronics, the band sails into the heart of the song. It is the album’s best song because of its exquisite blend of hooks and heaviness. The chorus proves to be exceptionally accessible and memorable.

However, the release is not without fault. The subsequent tracks “Deceiver” and “The Devil Inside You” are poor in creativity and execution. “Deceiver” struggles with its flow and does not contrast the screams of Trevor and the vocals of Matt with the same proficiency as some of the previous songs. “The Devil Inside You” sounds like a poorly executed The Devil Wears Prada song. If they want to avoid being lumped in the same category as some banal bands, Our Last Night must avoid releasing songs of this caliber. It also reveals some of the band’s youth with deplorable lyrics like “Oh I trusted you/Because I trusted myself.” Fortunately, these vices are absolved with the intriguing “Into The Future.” Some will undoubtedly question the inclusion of this pop-punk-esque track, but it proves to be a nice change of pace and brings some levity to a dark album.

As proclaimed by the closer “We Will All Evolve”, there is still progress to be made. In the future, Our Last Night should sparsely implement their breakdowns. The current ones are not bad, but their overabundance put the band at risk of receiving the “generic” label. Also, Trevor needs to show more variance with his screams, because they are mostly guttural. Despite some transgressions, Our Last Night are a band that does post-hardcore very well. With Aaron Gillespie leaving Underoath, the crown as the genre’s best sing/scream band is theirs for the taking.

1. Elephants
2. The Air I Breathe
3. Mouth Machine Gun
4. Across The Ocean
5. Deceiver
6. The Devil Inside You
7. Distance Is Destroying Me
8. Carry Me To Safety
9. Into The Future
10. We Will All Evolve

Our Last Night is a young post-hardcore band from Hollis, New Hampshire. They are currently signed to Epitaph Records, and released their Epitaph debut The Ghosts Among Us on March 4, 2008.

Our Last Night built a strong local following with their 2004 EP We've Been Holding Back and 2005 album Building Cities From Scratch, both of which were self released. At the same time, the band gained fans across the world through the internet. Lead vocalist/screamer Trevor was only 11 years old when the band first formed, and his young age led the band to much internet buzz...

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