It's certainly been a long time since I've last posted a blog here so here we go...
The recent posting of news that current and past members of Dance Gavin Dance possibly coming together to record another record got me thinking how great Downtown Battle Mountain really is. Upon more thought, I realized it may be one of the best post-hardcore relases of this decade(being that it is 2009 already). I certainly realize many people will have a problem with this but, quite frankly they need to get over it.
It would be hard to deny the talent and musicianship that's present on this record. Jonny Craig has one of the better voices in this scene and this record proves that point. At the same time however, it never comes across as showboaty or that the band is trying hard to showcase his talent. It just comes off naturally, which is how it should always be. Instrumentally, the guitar work is absolutely amazing. The guitarists can seeamlessly play with an element of prog and then play songs with distinct power chords. Plus it doesn't hurt that as a whole, Downtown battle Mountain is highly appealing.
I know this is a lofty title to give this release and I'm well aware of that. I wouldn't call it the best release in the genre as bands like Thursday deserve that honor, but it certainly warrants a mentioning in at least the top 10 post-hardcore releases of the 2000s. here are some prime examples as to why I feel this way:
"Intro/And I Told Them I Invented Times New Roman"