Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Our Funeral Forgotten

A shot of clarity. That's what the first of their songs I listened to was called. And it was. It's all there: a driving crash and high-hat cymbal beat, a thumping bass, sheer and sharp guitar riffs, and clear, lucid, hard vocals. This Colorado-based quintet take their cues from groups like HIM, My Chemical Romance, and (+44), and they do it with a clean, sharp shock to the senses. Commissioned by Mike Andrews (vocals), Ryan Apadaca (guitar), Steve Zamora (guitar), Jeff Orcutt (bass), and Kevin Greene (drums), Our Funeral Forgotten blends the dark, yet romantic melodies of groups like HIM and My Chem with the lucid and descriptive lyrics of groups like (+44) and 3 Doors Down.
From the very first chords of "A Shot of Clarity (Take Me Away)," I couldn't have stopped listening if I wanted to. But that's how you know something's special. It's like the first time I heard Metallica's "Master of Puppets," or Kansas's "Carry on Wayward Son;" you don't want to fast-forward, and you can't bare to rewind. You just want to sit and lose yourself in the music. If the first track isn't enough to grab you (and if it isn't, then you're crazy), try the next one of for size. "Reality Hit Me with a Ton of Bricks (Children Who Let Go)" is as amazing from start to finish as is "Helena" by MCR or "Wings of a Butterfly" by HIM. In fact, for all you U2 fans out there, the beginning sounds like something Bono and The Edge would cook up for a U2 album. On top of layered guitars, a chilled-out beat, and a time-keeping bass, Andrews' vocals soar high overhead, and carry the song into domains that few reach with their first few tries at songwriting. And if those two weren't enough, then listen to "On the Twilight Road" and you'll surely then be converted. This one focuses a little more on distorted guitars than the first two, but no one ever said that that was a bad thing. You know what they say: if it ain't broke, then don't fix it. These guys have had significant success in their home state of Colorado, but I'm waiting for them to go national, because when they do, I'll be among the ten people that isn't surprised one bit. Check out their debut album I Am Gone, You Are Dreaming Me. You won't regret it.

Sounds Like: HIM, My Chemical Romance, (+44), Angels & Airwaves, U2

Key Tracks from I Am Gone, You Are Dreaming Me: "A Shot of Clarity (Take Me Away)," "Reality Hit Me with a Ton of Bricks (Children Who Let Go)," "On the Twilight Road," "Beware the Kiss"

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