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Yearbook - Old Bones

by Nathan Fidler Rating:6 Release Date:2014-03-05

Whether you called it emo, hardcore, post-hardcore or alternative rock, the movement died on its back quite a few years ago. Some bands remain as a signpost for both the highs (as well as the lows) of the genre, some remain to hoover up the cash by playing on the sentiments of fans. Yearbook are a rarity in that they’re youngsters, new to the genre, and into the ring they throw their EP Old Bones.

Typically, this has all the hallmarks of the faded – or fading – genre, with self-pitying, self-examination and the overdevelopment of teenage, hormone fuelled emotions. The queerest thing about the band however is that they’re British, it’s what catches the attention initially but also what spoils the attempt at nailing a sound so very typically American.

Title track ‘Old Bones’ shows a strong sense of their forefathers, pulling onthe threads of some of Brand New’s quieter and better thought out songs, but immediately there is the bouncing bombardment of ‘Ropes’ and ‘Classic Literature’ which makes the dour subject matter feel comical when sung in straight English accent.

There is plenty of praise to be heaped on these guys musically though, with the rolling drums of ‘Time Management’ and the measured riff cutting between held strums, giving vibrancy and tension. There is texture and a great deal of proficient twisting and turning which would have put the band right up there with the best if they had been around a decade earlier. Perhaps the line “I can’t change the direction I travel” holds more weight than any, with their influences clearly so recent but so heavily relied upon.

The closing track ‘Sinker’ is a thunderous monster and by the time you get to this track you might just have found yourself won over if the post-hardcore scene was what you’d consider your heyday of teenage rebellion. The yelling and bursting of vocals, not only on this track, never stray into the annoying, inaudible stuff which can be the pitfall of many. So well arranged are some of the vocals and melodies that you might start to take them more seriously in the end. 

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