The Almost - Monster Monster

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Christian, Rock
Tooth & Nail Records
The Almost
Monster Monster
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There’s no telling why I am so intrigued by investigating an artist’s influences. Maybe it’s the discovery of origination; where it all began, and how it came to be. Aaron Gillepsie is no exception. I’ve studied him quite intently over the years; fascinated by his ability to rip the crap out of a drum set night after night as the back-bone of post-hardcore giant Underoath , and then writing catchy rock tunes with The Almost. This story sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Well, that’s where we get to Gillepsie’s main influence for writing songs for The Almost; Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl. Fans of Gillepsie and The Almost have Grohl to thank. After writing Southern Weather, you could tell that Gillepsie was in it for the long haul. His love for writing sincere unapologetic rock ‘n roll will not soon come to an end, and in comes his second effort, Monster Monster, with a full band behind him in the recording process; Gillepsie is setting himself up for success.

Monster is a project that requires multiple listens before making judgment. The Almost made it easy to fall in love at first listen with their debut, but their sophomore album is quite different in this regard. The hooks are not as approachable at first, but once they catch on, it’s difficult to get out of your head. The band made heavy moments heavier by adding just the right crunch, and just the right amount of emotion from Gillepsie loud cries (see “Young Again”). The rhythms are tighter the second time around; not swaying out of control, but beating with a punch of solid dexterity. This is definitely a more mature effort, evidenced by the band’s precision and control with each and every track.

Lyrically, Gillepsie mostly uses personal introspection and self-analysis, then imploding it over the track without sounding overly self-absorbed. This method is not simple to decode as he refrains from using obvious phrases that many bands in this genre tend to utilize. As a devout Christian, Gillepsie employs many spiritual themes throughout Monster but is not overtly preachy, refusing to alienate his listeners. In “No I Don’t” he sings “I’ve got another song in me / because of you I’m changing / I’m learning how to wait”. Gillepsie has been around the block for a while, and his maturity is made evident here.

Musically, the band is not too flashy. Complexity and technicality are just not main assets with this kind of music, and it’s necessary to sacrifice complicated song structures to allow for more sincere and approachable songwriting. However, the musicianship is solid, even without the convolution. The songs are diverse in this sense. They go from rock-heavy in songs such as the title track and “Want To”, to more pop-induced tracks like “Hands” and “Souls On Ten”, and even throw in some acoustic folk/alt-country in “Hand Grenade” and “Monster”.

The band shows no misstep. Just when you think they’ve fallen a bit, they pick themselves back up with true honest songs. The kind of songs that are easy to relate to, and don’t isolate the listener by any means. The Almost’s love for hook-laden rock and diversity does not go unnoticed on Monster Monster. Solid effort through and through.

1. Monster Monster
2. Lonely Wheel
3. No I Don’t
4. Hands
5. Young Again
6. Summer Summer
7. Hand Grenade
8. Books & Books
9. Souls On Ten
10. Want To
11. Get Through
12. Monster

The Almost is the band of ex drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie of Underoath from Clearwater, Florida, United States since 2005. Aaron stated that this band is much more of a traditional rock project than Underoath.

A Monster Monster is on the loose.

The Almost’s second album for Tooth & Nail/Virgin Records began taking shape just as soon as the band came off the road after touring for their 2007 debut, Southern Weather, including a stint on that summer’s Warped tour.

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