Sky Eats Airplane - The Sound Of Symmetry EP

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Post-hardcore
Equal Vision Records
Sky Eats Airplane
The Sound Of Symmetry EP
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Bands go through lineup changes quite often. Sometimes, these changes are seamless (see: Taking Back Sunday) while others are catastrophic (see: Cute Is What We Aim For). Either way, most of these lineup shuffles cannot compare to what Sky Eats Airplane has experienced. Since its inception in 2005, the band has released two full-lengths with two different lead vocalists. The Nintendocore group’s unique situation has not changed with the release of its newest EP, The Sound of Symmetry.

With the introduction of yet another vocalist has come another drastic change in sound. Sky Eats Airplane’s debut album, 2006’s Everything Perfect On The Wrong Day, featured then-vocalist’s Brack Cantrell’s raspy growls over an abundance of electronic blips and intermittent speed-metal riffs. When he left and Jerry Roush (now of Of Mice & Men) came in, the electronic influence moved to the background ever so slightly and Sky Eats Airplane began to sound more like an average metalcore band with cleaner vocals and more screeching guitars. The Sound of Symmetry completes the proverbial cycle, with new vocalist Bryan Zimmerman embracing the clean approach over the screaming kind while the band phased the electronics back in and gave the guitars more complex rhythms.

Coincidentally, each song on the three song EP closely resembles the style of each release. “The Contour” begins with a flash of synthesizer lines before exploding into a hysterical breakdown of heavy riffs, electronic flourishes, and an interlude worthy of a Super Mario Brothers game, much in the same vein as Everything. The title track takes the same approach as the self-titled album, while “Motion Sickness” showcases Zimmernan’s vocal range and could be a precursor for what is to come for Sky Eats Airplane.

The Sound of Symmetry is not Sky Eats Airplane’s strongest release, but considering the circumstances, the band is still trying to find its identity and make it last longer than one album. It is, however, a promising output and will intrigue listeners to find out what might come next.

1. The Contour
2. Sound Of Symmetry
3. Motion Sickness

The members of Sky Eats Airplane, from Fort Worth, TX, USA started their musical careers in two separate bands. Brack began playing guitar in Backseat Driver in 2003. It was a Punk/Post-Hardcore group which consistently drew a hundred people per show. Meanwhile, Lee created a band called Our First Fall with Daniel Hunter (Now Analog Rebellion), which had an indie/post-hardcore sound. By the time Backseat Driver failed due to problems with band members, Our First Fall was drawing a consistent hundred people per show. The band quickly jumped at the chance to let Brack play guitar. ... read more

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