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Gatherer - Postcards

Release Date: 08/07/12
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Consisting of just four tracks that combine for a total of seven minutes playtime, the EP is concise but spares no aggression, as each track reeks with fervor. The listener is bombarded with melodic elements of post-hardcore along with rapid punk beats and a beautifully urgent vocal delivery. Nostalgic, heart-on-sleeve lyrics bring acts like American Nightmare and Touché Amoré to mind. Take “Wedding Bells,” the all too effective album opener, for example, which features lyrics such as, “Driving home from your nine to five, I hope you reminisce the front seats and sounds that made you feel alive. Is this all that I have left?” “Jones Beach,” the EP’s highlight, is another track that will tug at the heartstrings of now-grown-up punks yearning for their glory days. Every aspect of the EP is executed with meticulous detail and unbridled emotion and, overall, Postcards makes for a brief but cathartic journey that forecasts a bright future for Gatherer. (muzikdizcovery.com)

Gatherer, consisting of Christian Berrigan (vocals), Matt Popowski (bass), Adam Cichoki (drums), Randy Leboeuf (guitar) and Austin Lipinski (guitar), scream and shout their way through four brief, but blistering tracks. Kicking off with “Wedding Bells’, the EP provides its mission statement in the first, pessimistic lyric heard; ‘It’s 5am / Wake up and smell the disappointments’. It certainly doesn’t get much more optimistic. The entire release is cloaked in a sad, tired atmosphere. Themes focus on choices in life, loneliness, and generally feeling rubbish. They’re not overly complex but they are undeniably easy to relate with. Berrigan’s worn out and frustrated screams express the emotions perfectly. On whole, each instrument compliments the next, spitfire drumming is omnipresent, distorted guitars combine with intricate lines and steady, constant bass work.

The EP sticks more or less to the tried and tested formula of recent post-hardcore, but this is in no way a criticism. It’s the subtle touches that set Gatherer apart, and make them great at what the do. ‘Postcards’ puts together distortion and staccato guitars, with lyrics based on missing a loved one. 'Jones Beach' is heavier and is the best of a great bunch. 'Brittle Bones' end the brief affair musical love affair with a combination of all that has previously passed in the EP, alongside the addition of the occasional unaccompanied vocal.

Postcards is the sound of a band with talent that, by far, exceeds that of bands much more experienced than them. Depending on where they go from here, Gatherer could definitely be the next big thing. (AbsolutePunk)

Track Listing
1. Wedding Bells
2. Postcards
3. Jones Beach
4. Brittle Bones

Vinyl Pressing information
15 Black (Test Pressings)
100 Smoke Swirl (Preorder/Record Release)
100 Clear (Label Exclusive)
100 White (Gatherer Exclusive)
200 Black (Distro)
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