Letters Burning - Simple Thoughts and Tragedy
Record Label: None
Release Date: September 6, 2007
Letters Burning are a solid pop-rock band from California whose sophomore release, Simple Thoughts and Tragedy, sees them progress into a much tighter, more productive sound which tidies round the edges of their 2006 EP, Almost Midnight. After being Purevolume's "Number One Unsigned Band" during Autumn 2007, Letters Burning were further exposed to the mainstream when they were recently chosen to play the Ventura date of the Warped Tour, due to them winning the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands.
How is it?
The four-track EP kicks into life with the radio-friendly "Critic's Last Stand," which has experienced multiple plays on the alternative music station, KROQ. It has a bouncy, vibrant tone which jumps into life as the lead singer, Tal Mir, sings his way through a clear, vocal line. Distinctive yet not sounding like he is wailing, a definite similarity between that of him and Craig Owens' better moments is discernible. "Goodbye Love" is a much more emotional attempt, and this really is where Simple Thoughts and Tragedy shines. The band is best at channeling their emotion into powerful music, which creates a depth a lot of their genre fails to maintain, in today's scene. "I'm Here and You're There" is probably the weakest song on the EP, as it seems to lose the sense of focus a bit and occasionally slips into the borders between thoughtful and cliche. The chorus sounds all-too-catchy, as if a stronger, more effective style could not be worked out. Simple Thoughts and Tragedy closes with "Sheets of Red", another solid effort with a bit more musical complexity than the other three.
Securing a place on 2008's Warped Tour is definitely a plus for these hard-working guys, and now they really need to press on and concentrate on releasing a full-length album in the not-too-distant future. There is a lot of potential in this band that has not yet creatively been realized, but there is plenty of time for this outfit for mature and develop. Definitely something to watch in the future.