AbsolutePunk.net
   Username
Password
 
Album Review
 
letlive. - Fake History Album Cover

letlive. - Fake History

Reviewed by
9.1
letlive. - Fake History
Record Label: Tragic Hero Records
Release Date: April 13, 2010

We needed this record. Very badly. While there is certainly creative music still being released in the scene today- once great post-hardcore pioneers such as Thursday have changed up their style considerably since their earlier days. Sure, a record like A City By the Light Divided is a finely crafted album.. but it's missing that one element that I used to love about Thursday.. that raw overt unpredictable emotion. You could literally feel the intensity hit you in the face listening to Full collapse on your Walkmen. It was a personal favorite of mine when I had to do mundane chores such as mowing the lawn and other assorted little kid shit back in the day. The grating screams soaked into your consciousness but were always shocking and refreshing at the same time. I suppose individuals in bands such as Thursday grow older, and mature their sound in the effort to avoid sounding like abrasive reckless youngsters for the entirety of their careers. I respect this but can't say that I like it. The music feels.. overproduced and sterile now. I like the abrasive reckless youngsters because they have always made the most interesting and deeply enduring impact on my musical tastes. In my book, the hungrier a band is, the fresher the sound is that they dish out.

Enter letlive. with their third album Fake History. This band has a fuck ton of swagger, attitude, and unpredictability. This is the shot in the arm that the post-hardcore genre was aching for. Fuck glassjaw. I'm not trying to be a forty year old man blasting a record made by a fifty year old Daryl Palumbo. Letlive. have an album here that is atleast the same caliber as Worship and Tribute and what do you know? It's in my hands right now. Please don't sleep on it. My friends, this is the soundtrack to your summer. Don't let the fact that they are on Tragic Hero fool you, Alesana this is not. Letlive. have nothing to do with mascara, girl jeans, Hot Topic or looking like a fat Edward Scissorhands. No, I think they are mostly concerned with writing songs that have a creative beating heart and an undeniable edge. Upon hearing the first track ' Le Prologue' this edge is apparent. The gut wrenching screams accompanied by the raw production instantly make an impression from the onset and it only gets better from there.

Letlive. employ many different styles into their music, from touches of metalcore to soaring hooks and melodies (all of which are drenched in adept musicianship). Don't get it twisted however, this is one of the purest post-hardcore releases i have heard in... fucking years. The ring leader of the show is vocalist Jason Butler who will undoubtedly draw comparisons to the aforementioned Daryl Palumbo. Both vocalists are very eccentric, possess distinct voices and have the tendency to pull sporadic screams that might make the casual music listener believe someone is being murdered inside their speakers magically from their ass. On songs such as 'We, The Pros of Cons', 'The Sick, Sick 6.8 Billion', and 'Casino Columbus', Butler turns in some of the gutsiest vocals I have heard in the genre. Period. Not to mention infectious hooks that will be stuck in your head for weeks. Every member of the band plays their part as well, they keep it interesting and varied throughout. They are masters of tempo changes, from ballads, to pop passages, to very heavy moments. The highlights are in the dozens. Fake History never gets stale and is a very cohesive listen.

The album is split into three parts. The first half is a perfect introductory into what the band has to offer- intensity and limitless energy. Next up is the song 'Muther' I say the song is a part of the album all in it's own. Located exactly half way through the listen, 'Muther' is simply one of the best songs I have ever heard. With a female guest spot and the emotions of every band member being worn on the sleeve, this ballad belongs in the history books. When the late song transition comes in and Butler's quiet singing of the words "Don't you cry mama, we'll be OK" de-evolves into harsh resentful yelps, well my response as a music listener is to thank the band for such fresh spontaneity and honesty. The last part of the album continues to remain interesting with more of a reliance on the harder side of their sound, letlive. confirm they have the goods in this portion. 'Homeless Jazz' is a standout on an album full of standouts, with tight song writing and an exuberant chorus. I don't want to delve too far into each song because I want listeners to be surprised themselves for what this band can do.

In conclusion, this review contains much praise simply because it is the real deal. If you like the post-hardcore that existed near the beginning of this millennium and are tired of spinning Everything You Wanted to Know About Silence, then give these young reckless gentleman a try. You will not regret it.

Recommended If You LikePOST-HARDCORE; Glassjaw; Translating the Name era Saosin, Full Collapse era Thursday, dope ass music, etc etc etc..
This review is a user submitted review from musicenthusiast. You can see all of musicenthusiast's submitted reviews here.
 
Displaying posts 1 - 15 of 36
12:49 AM on 07/16/10
#2
HometownHero
Offline
User Info.
HometownHero's Avatar
Such a great fucking record. And even better, crazier live show.
01:28 AM on 07/16/10
#3
anus1220
Registered User
Offline
User Info.
No Avatar Selected
I love this album as much as you. Love that you praised it for everything it deserved and the things you said were spot the fuck on.

Is it just me, or do songs like 'Muther' remind you of Trophy Scars?
01:59 AM on 07/16/10
#4
aradiantsunrise
i get what i want
Offline
User Info.
aradiantsunrise's Avatar
So glad someone finally reviewed this. I was so close to doing it myself.
02:02 AM on 07/16/10
#5
elplatanazo87
Registered User
Offline
User Info.
No Avatar Selected
Same here, It really pisses me off that this site can review an Attack Attack record and not this.

Love this band, Love their music, Love everything about it. Letlive is ll.ove
02:54 AM on 07/16/10
#6
Jack Appleby
___
Offline
User Info.
No Avatar Selected
Great review.
10:50 AM on 07/16/10
#7
rpk004
Registered User
Offline
User Info.
rpk004's Avatar
these dudes are saving post-hardcore. album got me back into the genre.
02:34 PM on 07/16/10
#8
HometownHero
Offline
User Info.
HometownHero's Avatar
The band is blowing twitter up about this review. Feel special haha.
07:16 PM on 07/16/10
#9
Shhhhhh!
My fight comes into the light
Offline
User Info.
Shhhhhh!'s Avatar
Thank you thank you THANK YOU for putting up a review. I agree with above, can't believe that Ap didnt post an official review. And it only showed up once on the best-of-the-year-so-far-list. I almost cried.

I agree with the innacurate comparison to Glassjaw. I think they both conatin the same energy, but are on different places musically.

I feel like someone who likes Blood Brothers (Young Machetes) would really like this album. Or maybe an uncontrollable, punch-in-your-face Underoath.
11:06 AM on 07/17/10
musicenthusiast
nah mean?
Offline
User Info.
musicenthusiast's Avatar
The band is blowing twitter up about this review. Feel special haha.
haha shit that is crazy man. this is the first and probably last review i will write, i was shocked that this album was being shoved under the rug on this site and it was really screaming for a review. i'm about to make a twitter right now so i can see what they said. post-hardcore lives. thanks for letting me know dude.
11:07 AM on 07/17/10
musicenthusiast
nah mean?
Offline
User Info.
musicenthusiast's Avatar
Thank you thank you THANK YOU for putting up a review. I agree with above, can't believe that Ap didnt post an official review. And it only showed up once on the best-of-the-year-so-far-list. I almost cried.

I agree with the innacurate comparison to Glassjaw. I think they both conatin the same energy, but are on different places musically.

I feel like someone who likes Blood Brothers (Young Machetes) would really like this album. Or maybe an uncontrollable, punch-in-your-face Underoath.
i wasn't trying to get into the deep semantics of either bands sound because they are undoubtedly different. but they're both in the same genre, and i would find it really crazy if someone loved glassjaw and didn't at least like this record.
11:11 AM on 07/17/10
HometownHero
Offline
User Info.
HometownHero's Avatar
haha shit that is crazy man. this is the first and probably last review i will write, i was shocked that this album was being shoved under the rug on this site and it was really screaming for a review. i'm about to make a twitter right now so i can see what they said. post-hardcore lives. thanks for letting me know dude.
Yeah I thought it was cool to see a band supporting a fan like that.
05:03 AM on 07/25/10
DJWildefire
On the verge of breathtaking
Offline
User Info.
DJWildefire's Avatar
Awesome record, probably my fav of the year.
08:19 AM on 07/29/10
tkxxx7
Registered User
Offline
User Info.
tkxxx7's Avatar
I think Muther is such a great track, although I was a little upset when I realized they were saying "in bed alone" instead of "we'll be alone". Who is featured in it? It sounds like Lights but I can't be sure.
03:34 PM on 08/18/10
taborbrown
www.twitter.com/taborbrown
Offline
User Info.
taborbrown's Avatar
Looking forward to seeing these guys live. Gonna have to give this a spin!

NEWS, MUSIC & MORE
Search News
Release Dates
Exclusives
Best New Music
Articles
CONNECT
Submit News
Forums
Contests
Mobile Version
AP.net Logos
HIDDEN TREASURES
AbsolutePunk Podcast
Free Music
Sports Forum
Technology Forum
Recommendations
INFORMATION
Advertising
Contact Us
Copyright Policy
Terms of Service
Privacy Policy
FOLLOW
Twitter | Facebook | RSS
AP.net Podcast on iTunes
UnderTheGun
Purevolume
Chorus.fm | @jason_tate