The Graduate – Every Other Time (B-Sides)
Record Label: Razor & Tie
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Let’s face it, The Graduate’s 2010 sophomore record, Only Every Time, proved to be a monumental release for the year – the buzz became nonstop. From Corey Warning’s hypnotic vocal delivery to guitarists Matt Kennedy and Max Sauer’s atmospheric backing guitars through Tim Moore’s pulsating drumming, The Graduate put forth a true full band effort with Only Every Time.
Before long, fans began craving for more. Sure enough, The Graduate did not disappoint, releasing their b-sides to the aforementioned record with Every Other Time. This EP, simply put, encompasses every facet and aspect of each item within their sophomore record. Albeit being labeled a b-sides album, each one of these six tracks could have easily made the final cut for the record.
As expected, these tracks are memorizing, captivating, eerie, and beautiful. The opening “Into The Blue” begins with soft guitar behind Warning’s meek, hypnotic vocals as the track shines through the airwaves. “Set Me in Motion” is an upbeat, pulsating cut driven by quick guitar strums. The track features an addictive chorus as Warning sings, “Yeah, I’m still running backwards / But I know that I can change my ways.” The layered vocal delivery on “From the Ground Up” results in a raw feel, as the track is oddly haunting before building up into a massive deliverance as the song comes to a close.
Lyrically, this EP is dark at times yet fully optimistic and buoyant at others. The singing of “Now we’re all afraid to go into the blue / I swore I’d find a place good enough for you” is touching and readily relatable on the opening track. The bombastic “You Belong to Me” produces devastation with the declaration “I can’t believe the thing I’ve become” as the track breaks hearts. The call to arms on “Alchemy” is as sincere as The Graduate get with Warning’s candid exclamation, “Help me / I don’t know if I’m a man or machine.”
There’s no denying Warning has a way with words. His delivery couldn’t be more captivating throughout Every Other Time. The swift instrumentation and tight musicianship also deserves every compliment, as the musical delivery complements the vocals expertly on each track. Thus, for just an EP of b-sides, The Graduate have done it again. Here’s to another huge year.