Hello, I'm Neeps (short for Neepam, but i hate that name so much)
every sunday from today on, i will be writing a review for this site...
anything goes, as i do not care for genres... once i submit it i will put it in a blog entry since AP takes FOREVER to approve reviews...
the first band is :drumroll: FIFTEEN FLEETING!
These guys are an amazing band out of my home state of Jersey, and even though they are still unsigned, they know what they are doing in terms of songwriting. Special thanks to Adam (circatbs) for giving me this idea, and to Scott Petzinger of Fifteen Fleeting for sending me their awesome CD. They've played some awesome shows (including the 2009 Bamboozle Left alongside the likes of The Deftones and 50 Cent). Without further ado... here is the review for their self-released album Signals From An Empty Room. I wish these guys tons of luck in the future and hope this helps further their career
Artist: Fifteen Fleeting
Album: Signals from an Empty Room
Fifteen Fleeting is quite possibly Jersey’s best-kept secret since the early days of a little unknown band called My Chemical Romance. Despite making a name for themselves as a band called Trust and then suddenly switching the name only a few months ago, it does not seem to have affected the band’s upward spiral. The latest effort from the band, Signals from an Empty Room, only proves that. This album is a great slice of pop punk that manages to at once showcase emo at its most naked and country at it most vulnerable.
Though there are no tracks on the album that need to be skipped, the first half of the album contains this disc’s weaker songs. Though both “Signals from an Empty Room” and “If It’s Alright” are great, memorable songs, “Streetlight Limelight” makes both preceding songs leave a bad taste in the listener’s mouth. However, once the listener reaches “Man Of Tomorrow,” all he needs to do is just sit back and let the music take its course. Songs like “Man of Tomorrow” and “Among a Million” are both amazing songs that manage to give off an emo-meets-country vibe. “This Time” and “The Only” are both sweet songs that manage to get a little experimental, especially in the off-kilter drum/bass VS vocal dynamic. “In Pursuit Of…” and “A Just Perspective” make for the album’s highlights, combining some of the most risky experimentation I have seen (from a band so young, that is) with an instinct to just write good music.
The album’s choice cuts are: “Among A Million,” for its beautiful acoustic guitar and violin usage; “In Pursuit Of…” for its pure artfulness (the song is completely instrumental and consists of some soft, sparse guitar melodies); and “A Just Perspective” for its ability to, at one time, summarize the band’s entire sound, to experiment in ways not many bands would dare to, and to create an epic piece so wonderful it rivals the epicness of Anberlin’s (*Fin).
Overall this is a very strong effort from a very strong band. I look forward to more from them, and I can say for a sure fact until I get some more this disc will be in constant rotation on my iPod.
Signals from an Empty Room
If It’s Alright
Man of Tomorrow
Among a Million
In Pursuit Of…
A Just Perspective
RIYL: Mercy Mercedes, Valencia, All Time Low, emo-meets-country, Rascall Flatts