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Jack Appleby 04/16/12 08:28 AM

I The Mighty - Karma Never Sleeps
 
I The Mighty - Karma Never Sleeps
Record Label: Equal Vision
Release Date: March27th, 2012

When I’m passionate about a band, no one within earshot is safe. I rant and rave uncontrollably as I spread the good word, not resting until I have force fed the music onto every ear around. With the new I The Mighty EP as ammunition, I took aim at the world, only to find it wouldn’t take much coaxing – pretty much everyone loved the band.

And what’s not to love? The six songs comprising Karma Never Sleeps are all fantastic. It’s technical, it’s accessible, it covers multiple genres, and it’s catchy. Take their first single “Cutting Room Floor” for a spin and you’ll understand the appeal right away. That guitar backing the verses is mathy as could be, but tightly structured in a scene-friendly way, leading to a huge chorus. It’s those musical smarts that will make this record a favorite for everyone.

I’d venture to say as great as that song is, the others are even stronger. There’s no reason for new listeners to skip around the EP when opener “The Dreamer” is such a great introduction to the sound. More strong songwriting filled with off-kilter riffs that culminate in a unique and lovable chorus. Vocalist/guitarist Brent Walsh is a natural at his trade, painting lyrical pictures while crafting intricate melodies all throughout the 23 minutes of Karma Never Sleeps. Whether he’s commenting on San Francisco’s homeless population in “These Streets Are Alive” or providing the third part of a saga in “The Frame III: Sirocco,” Walsh is poetic and relatable in a way sure to send this band sky high.

All this praise and I haven’t even addressed my two favorite tracks. “Dancing On A Tightrope” is just full of win – there’s not a thing I would change about the single. The chorus’ construction is fascinating, dropping back to that melodic guitar before exploding into the album’s highlight moment. You have to hand it to Erik Ron, who really knocked it out of the park on the production; the particulars are what perfected the sound, such as that aforementioned chorus’ bass line. That same attention to detail makes the album’s second highlight, the outro to “Escalators” (and really the entire track). The most aggressive guitar on the EP leads into a great use of gang vocals, saving the biggest burst of energy for the finale. The band’s mastery of subtlety is the secret sauce, utilizing screams gang vocals, and dual vocals sparingly for extra detail rather than emphasis.

Karma Never Sleeps is just a winner in every way. Look for I The Mighty to rapidly become a focal point of the scene and a headliner worth supporting.

Recommended If You LikeCirca Survive, Say Anything, The Receiving End Of Sirens

Find I The Mighty AtFacebook - Spotify

mattisrawrock 04/16/12 08:45 AM

Really really like this e.p. quite a bit

I think the score for the lyrics were a little too high though...

fuldanips 04/16/12 08:47 AM

This band is just too good...I'm curious to see how they'll fare with a full length. The bridges in Dancing On A Tightrope and These Streets Are Alive get me every time.

t00latef0rr0ses 04/16/12 08:52 AM

This review is full of factual information. This EP is sex.

himynameisjm 04/16/12 10:03 AM

great review. this ep definitely will grow on the world :)

LightSky182 04/16/12 10:08 AM

does anyone know if the lyrics to These Streets Are Alive reference tripping balls? But freaking great EP.

_><_ 04/16/12 10:12 AM

I really don't want to be "that guy", but the score is distractingly high.

Mattylikesfilms 04/16/12 10:15 AM

Great EP. I can't wait to see what a full length will sound like from these guys!

Mattylikesfilms 04/16/12 10:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by t00latef0rr0ses (Post 106420022)
This review is full of factual information. This EP is sex.


Best comment in thread.

Protested Hero 04/16/12 11:59 AM

I love the hell out of this EP. So good.

Quijiba 04/16/12 12:42 PM

really great ep.

Archael 04/16/12 05:16 PM

I thought this was more of a 7.5/10 but great review nonetheless. :)

I plan on relistening to this soon.

Jack Appleby 04/16/12 05:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LightSky182 (Post 106423512)
does anyone know if the lyrics to These Streets Are Alive reference tripping balls? But freaking great EP.


From their track by track here:

"One of my favorite tracks on the record. This song is inspired by living in the Bay Area and witnessing the homeless population, especially in San Francisco. The song is written through the eyes of a homeless man on the streets of San Francisco who seems to be content with the life he chose. He begs for money by day, to use on his drug of choice by night. Though eventually, he realizes the life he chose is not as fulfilling as it had once been and he dreams the American dream. You get out of life what you put in..."

Dude can sure write a song.

Jack Appleby 04/16/12 05:36 PM

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Originally Posted by _><_ (Post 106423742)
I really don't want to be "that guy", but the score is distractingly high.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Archael (Post 106446262)
I thought this was more of a 7.5/10 but great review nonetheless. :)
I plan on relistening to this soon.


I can totally appreciate the sentiment here. Besides the fact that I just think it's absolutely fantastic, what catapulted it from good score to absurdly high score was how it's stuck with me, and how I think it can greatly affect what type of music is trending at the moment.

I have had this EP since the beginning of November. Six months later, I still play it from cover to cover almost daily. It's only six songs, but there's so much to process and appreciate. Listening and analyzing the production alone is a highly rewarding experience. The song structuring is interesting in its own right, like the chorus I mention in "Dancing on a Tightrope" or the verses of "The Dreamer." That's all before mentioning the vocal melody and lyrics, which deserve acute attention as well.

I'm hopeful that this style will be what overtakes Pop-Punk as the scene genre of choice. Bands that can combine the catchiness with prog-influence (how did I not mention prog in my review) will hopefully be the next big thing. I think the return of ATDI & new Circa in the future will help that. Bands like ITM, Happy Body Slow Brain, Culprit, The Paper Melody (RIP), Closure In Moscow, and others have a lot to offer. That's not to say my wishes affected my scoring; I just love this style of music more than anything.The one sound that I do see expanding and overtaking these type of bands are The Wave bands, like La Dispute, Balance & Composure, Sainthood Reps, Make do & Mend, etc. I'm cool with those tunes as well, so that wouldn't be half bad.

Hopefully that makes what seems like a tremendous score make more sense.

Travbag 04/16/12 06:35 PM

Jack likes adjectives as much as he likes ITM.

Jack Appleby 04/16/12 08:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Travbag (Post 106450102)
Jack likes adjectives as much as he likes ITM.


Woah woah woah. I like adjectives 100%, not 95%.

phillipjacob 04/17/12 12:33 AM

I think the score/review were spot on. This band is like a tightly woven fabric pieced together perfectly. I'm so thrilled to see what a full length can bring. To me they are almost like a cross between Circa Survive and Emarosa.

PetitnaindesÎles 04/17/12 01:13 AM

Really really promising EP, it's a huge step up from Hearts and Spades... however i wish i could find their unreleased full lenght album.

Jack Appleby 04/17/12 01:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Mario57 (Post 106467312)
Really really promising EP, it's a huge step up from Hearts and Spades... however i wish i could find their unreleased full lenght album.

I swear, that full-length is of legend. Even I don't know what it is exactly. Definitely will pester them about it next month.

PetitnaindesÎles 04/17/12 01:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Jack Appleby (Post 106467452)
I swear, that full-length is of legend. Even I don't know what it is exactly. Definitely will pester them about it next month.

http://www.amazon.com/We-Speak/dp/B0036WWVXI
"Not Available" how frustrating is that haha

WeWereGiants 04/17/12 07:03 AM

This is the best EP I've ever heard, seriously live very minute. Sometime you hear The Matches, sometimes you hear Gatsbys, occasionally its TREOS, and sometimes you hear Say Anything yet it's still entirely it's own.

It really is perfect, Dancing On A Tightrope and Escalators are amazing.

Jack Appleby 04/17/12 07:31 AM

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Originally Posted by WeWereGiants (Post 106471622)
This is the best EP I've ever heard, seriously live very minute. Sometime you hear The Matches, sometimes you hear Gatsbys, occasionally its TREOS, and sometimes you hear Say Anything yet it's still entirely it's own.

It really is perfect, Dancing On A Tightrope and Escalators are amazing.

Glad to meet another believer.

sillyrabbit221 04/20/12 07:48 AM

Been looking for a new band to get addicted to! This will be perfect! Love the Receiving end of sirens style music! And excellent voice going on too. Thanks Jack for this review!

Mitch5643 04/20/12 08:28 AM

I need that first full-length by them really bad.
Please someone find it!

runningohfive 04/20/12 01:00 PM

I listened to them for the first time and my goodness they're fucking great. This EP rocks.

scarfacebunny 04/20/12 10:59 PM

respect to you
 
I sincerely appreciate your passion and conviction, but your scoring is inconsistent. Upon comparing reviews, I was surprised to find this release rated 4% higher than The Colour and the Shape. I'm not the biggest FF fan, but the expert execution and wide-reaching influence of TCatS is objectively undeniable. You have a great ear for talent, but please try to be more prudent in assigning scores.

I wholeheartedly agree that the future of the genre will benefit from a heavier emphasis on prog/math influences. I lost interest in pop-punk because too many bands were taking the easy road. Keep on fighting the good fight.

Jack Appleby 04/21/12 10:33 AM

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Originally Posted by scarfacebunny (Post 106708192)
I sincerely appreciate your passion and conviction, but your scoring is inconsistent. Upon comparing reviews, I was surprised to find this release rated 4% higher than The Colour and the Shape. I'm not the biggest FF fan, but the expert execution and wide-reaching influence of TCatS is objectively undeniable. You have a great ear for talent, but please try to be more prudent in assigning scores.

I wholeheartedly agree that the future of the genre will benefit from a heavier emphasis on prog/math influences. I lost interest in pop-punk because too many bands were taking the easy road. Keep on fighting the good fight.


This is a totally fair comment, and one I expected.

I've had many debates on several aspects of scoring, with the most frequent being when you should decide your score, or if a score should ever be changed. My love for albums changes over the years, with some rising, and some falling. TC&TS is a great example - it's an all-time favorite of mine, and will forever be in the 90% range. I can't say the same for everything else.

My score and passion for I The Mighty is based off several factors, a few of which I explained in an earlier comment. I've been looking for a band with this sound for some time now to fill voids left by other disbanded bands. This is a fantastic EP, and its score greatly benefited from my personal tastes and my yearning for something in this category. It also can be attributed to my irritation with many current releases - I'm bored to tears by a great deal of "popular" bands, especially in pop-punk.

I also still utilize the AP.net scoring breakdown, which contributed to the high score. I honestly thought this would be somewhere in the 85-91% range, but by using the breakdown, it ended up higher. I know a lot of reviewers are moving away from this kind of structured breakdown, and I'm still feeling it out a bit.

Thanks for the comment - can't tell you how much it means to see someone take the time to write something well-written like that, and especially to look at my past reviews as well. Hope to see you around the site more often.

Prae Omnia 04/21/12 03:03 PM

Love this EP. Love this review. Love you Jack Appleby.

Tele72 04/21/12 07:02 PM

EP Of the Year

Jack Appleby 04/22/12 01:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Prae Omnia (Post 106732012)
Love this EP. Love this review. Love you Jack Appleby.

:-)

NateFoundGlory 04/29/12 03:17 PM

Oh wow this is good. That vocalist is all sorts of fantastic. Gonna have to spend a LOT more time with this...

meow_ 05/01/12 01:37 PM

Amazing EP. Recently won a signed copy and handwritten lyrics of The Dreamer. Such cool dudes. Definitely deserve more credit than they're given

ZeRoLiMiTz 07/17/12 08:49 PM

I realize this is an older review but I just have to say I cannot get this EP out of my head I have played it over and over and for being only 6 songs, I just cannot get sick of it haha..not to mention the fact they have an acoustic video on YouTube that just absolutely blows my mind...AMAZING potential and cant wait to hear more outta these guys

WeWereGiants 09/09/12 07:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ZeRoLiMiTz (Post 110749332)
I realize this is an older review but I just have to say I cannot get this EP out of my head I have played it over and over and for being only 6 songs, I just cannot get sick of it haha..not to mention the fact they have an acoustic video on YouTube that just absolutely blows my mind...AMAZING potential and cant wait to hear more outta these guys

They actually have an acoustic EP. I'm not sure if it's still available though...

DJWildefire 01/02/13 01:40 PM

One of the only bands from this "scene" I still enjoy. Though this is solid, I prefer the style of the Hearts and Spades EP. Also managed to track down that first full length and it's solid.