Spitalfield- Remember Right Now
Record Label: Victory Records
Release Date: June 17, 2003
As I was scrolling through the search pages of AP.net, I was surprised to find out that Spitalfield's 2003 Victory debut, Remember Right Now, was never reviewed. I believe the album is deserving of a review, and thus I am writing one. On their first true full-length, Spitalfield provide listeners with a handful of memorable, meledic pop punk songs. If one thing is apparent on Remember Right Now, it's that Spitalfield know how to write a timeless album.
The album opens quickly with "Those Days You Felt Alive," immediately showcasing how melodic the Chicago quartet can be. After a short intro, vocalist Mark Rose opens up the album singing, "And I'll go / Take a walk inside your head / So I can see your thoughts / I'll try not to hold back / What I'm thinking when you smile / For your blue skies / For those times you felt alive." It's not necessary to go much further into the lyrics to see what the rest of the album holds in store. Many of the songs deal with love or wondering what the future holds, but Rose is able to deliver his message with honesty while avoiding sounding cliché.
The second track on the album, "Kill the Drama," continues the fast pace of the album with some memorable lyrics and guitars, while the following song, "Five Days and Counting," once again showcases the powerful melodies Spitalfield are capable of writing. The next song, "I Loved the Way She Said L.A.", is a long time fan favorite. After the first verse builds up for over a minute, listeners are rewarded with a sing-along chorus followed by a catchy bridge. By this point, it is apparent that Mark Rose's voice fits perfectly with the sound that Spitalfield collectively create.
In "Stolen from Some Great Writer," Spitalfield again showcase their songwriting ability, this time with a soft, refreshing "breakdown" after the second chorus. After five high-tempo songs, the album comes to a complete stop with "In the Same Lifetime." The song is a slow ballad that serves as an intermission, and after an outro that lasts over a minute, the album picks up again.
After three more well-executed songs, Remember Right Now closes perectly with "Make My Heart Attack." Everything seems to work well on the track, with Rose's soft vocals carrying the verses, a sing-along chorus, and catchy guitars. By the end of the album, it is obvious that Spitalfield know how to craft a quality album. Although not providing anything entirely new, Spitalfield are able to recycle old ideas (no pun intended) and create their own sound.
Despite crafting quality albums and having a strong fan base, Spitalfield never gained the attention they deserved. Maybe it was because they weren't given the attention they deserved by Victory, or maybe because they were constantly overshadowed by Chicago's other pop punk band, Fall Out Boy. Regardless, Spitalfield were able to create a meaningful, timeless album in Remember Right Now. This is one of those albums that I still pull off the shelf every couple of months, and I expect that to continue well into the future.